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Helen Oppenheim

Come with me on a historical journey into the hair fashion world.

The Helen Oppenheim Hair Fashion Photo Archives are a unique and inspirational resource for the media, movies, tv, theatre, anyone wanting a new hairstyle. There are  more than 5,000 photos from the ’60s to the present, many innovative firsts, many not dated, still relevant and wearable today, even from way back then. Scroll for More, More, More.

Ideas. This is what you will find on, the result of my art directing, conceiving, taking and collecting photos over decades. Yes, I’m a hoarder. I specialize in hair and fashion trends, and have photographed myself backstage at NY Fashion Weeks for years. Most fun I’ve had. There are “treasures” hidden here and there and I hope you will find the time to discover them.

I am use my blog mostly to highlight interesting photos on the website, as well as whatever tickles my fancy. I am not intending to be politically correct all the time, so I may ruffle a few feathers. Be warned. But I hope to keep you entertained. And informed.

I was born in London, lived in Montreal for years, and for the last few decades in New York City. All have influenced me. I  have toiled away as a journalist and PR for some of the world’s best, and have been US Correspondent for Peluquerias Magazine of Barcelona since 1982. I’m hard to please! Too honest, perhaps. So I have lots of friends, also lots of enemies and expect to make a few more of both.

Now, I’m working on my legacy, for posterity. This is a Work in Progress. I expect it will take forever. So, stay tuned…

This is a Work in Progress I expect it will take forever. So, stay tuned…

Helen Oppenheim - Hair & Photo Guru

Love it. Absolutely love it. Thank you, Mitchell Field, for this great gift of a bus with wonderful words!


Chiara Boni’s Chic Cowgirls @ NYFW – 2020

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photos: Helen Oppenheim …  Collage by

Take a look at Chiara Boni’s chic cowboy looks at their NYFW Show for Spring/Summer 2020. The show’s Western influences were inspired by The Queen of Hearts with wild animal and other designs on dresses, boots, scarves and  fab heart earrings making an appearance. Wear your scarf around your neck or on your head, top the headscarf with a cowboy hat, just have fun, in reds or black with white.  The hair by Jon Reyman for Aveda was a simple braid. Stay tuned for more from the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe show to be archived later on this website.

Hair: Jon Reyman, Aveda … Makeup: Janell Geason, Aveda
Photos: Helen Oppenheim for


Fab Fashionista Brigitte Segura – 2019

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo: Helen Oppenheim

New York based Brigitte Sugara is an Influencer. Like no other.  She covered at least 12 shows a day during New York Fashion Week S/S 2020 over the last several days, mostly emerging designers, her specialty, and gets thousands of Likes per post on her Instagram pages ( and @brigitte_segura.) She is a taste maker for fashion, beauty, luxury and consults on brand development and more.  She is also known for her hair, a big mop of sexy curls, and what she wears when covering the shows,  usually with interesting layers added during the day. La Perla fashions on this Fab Fashionista here.  More from this day will be archived soon on this website. Stay tuned …

Photo: Helen Oppenheim


Seen on Scene Fabs @ NYFW S/S – 2020

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Seen on Scene Fabs @ NYFW S/S - 2020

Photos: Helen Oppenheim. Collage by

Fab Fashionistas Seen on Scene at New York Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2020.
Top Left To Right: Aveda makeup artist animal hair with Aveda colors … Plant beauty in the world, Aveda T Shirt, both backstage at the Chiara Boni Show … Hair with different shades of greens and blue on AOFM makeup artist backstage at the Global Fashion Collective Show at Pier59 Studios.
Bottom Left to Right: Glitzy barrettes in the lobby of Spring Studios … hair with plenty of gold safety pins backstage at the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Show.  All Scene photos, which can be credited, will be larger and archived forever on the website soon. Stay tuned for more Fab Fashionistas seen on scene …

Photos: Helen Oppenheim


NYFW Backstage Hair Moment – 2004

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

NYFW Backstage Hair Moment - 2004

Photo: Helen Oppenheim

A New York Fashion Week backstage hair moment.  Love this.  Polly Mellen, the famous former fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Creative Director at Allure, and Edward Tricomi co-owner Warren-Tricomi Salons having a hair moment which also affected the model at the Douglas Hannant NYFW 2004 show.  Are you sure, Mellen seems to be saying?  No one seems sure, except the hairdresser, who  ended up doing a great job, as always. This scene is a testament to confidence, patience, experience and a lot of caring and how it is not easy to do the hair for a fashion show at this level.  This is one of the few photos I have digitalized, so far, from the shows I photographed on film in the early 2000’s. I have a lot  of great photos only on film.
Photo: Helen Oppenheim


Unique Evocative Hair Color – 2014

Posted by on Aug 10, 2019 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Unique Evocative Hair Color - 2014

Photo: © Andrew O’Toole

Angelo Seminara creates unique, evocative hair color.  This is from the Soul Collection,  “hair that looks into a woman’s soul” and just one of the unusual creations from that collection by The Davines Artistic Director, designed for the British Hair Awards in 2014.  He has advice to new hairdressers out there – “Be a sponge, learn as much as you can, stay focused, have fun, find your hero.  Most of all, keep an open mind.”  For a bio and more wonders by WorldGreat, Angelo Seminara, click HERE
Hair: Angelo Seminara … Makeup: Lynsey Alexander … Photo: © Andrew O’Toole


Detra Works With Hair Mousse For Volume – 2019

Posted by on Aug 9, 2019 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Detra Works With Hair Mousse For Volume – 2019

Photos: Helen Oppenheim. Collage by

Detra Smith, using a comb as she gets ready to work a mousse into the hair backstage at the Badgley Mischka New York Fashion Week Show for Fall /Winter 2019.   “It allows for better product distribution and control that hands don’t provide,” she explained as she prepared her model. To see the finished looks by Peter Gray for this and some of the fab fashions, CLICK HERE

Makeup: Gucci Westman, Westman Atelier … Product: Redken Mousse … Photos: Helen Oppenheim


The NYC Barber Shop Museum – 2019

Posted by on Aug 7, 2019 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

The NYC Barber Shop Museum - 2019

Photos: Helen Oppenheim.  Collage by

Guys, if you want the best of barbers, a haircut, perhaps a five minute hot-towel massage, a neck shave and if you want an experience like no other, in a turn-of-the-century environment surrounded by historical antiques and memorabilia, visit the NYC Barber Shop Museum on the Upper West Side.  The Master Barber, Arthur Rubinoff, CEO of Reamir & Co. is the Founder and Art Historian, a fourth-generation barber residing in a small space jam-packed with various vintage artifacts dedicated to preserving the rich history of barbering, collected over decades, first by his Father than him. Included in this feast for the unusual are antique chairs like the Louis Vuitton one photographed here, mirrors, vintage razor clippers, hairdryers, umpteen barber poles and other unexpected memorabilia, some of which date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Barbershop Museum is just one working barbershop Rubinoff owns.   Three different packages starting at $47 are offered,  inspired by the 19th, 20th, and 21st Century, all combined with progressive techniques and looks. The $74 package comes with a Reamir haircare or shaving product, the $118 package comes with complimentary champagne, black caviar! And, yes, the poster in the collage above features a young Ronald Reagan in a shaving cream ad from the 30s, one of many vintage photos. For more photos and info, CLICK HERE