Keeping you entertained – and informed

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 11 comments

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 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

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Photos Helen’s Blog Jan-May 2021

Posted by on May 5, 2021 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photos Helen's Blog Jan-May 2021

Full Credits On Website. Collage by

Collage of photos, hair history, info and inspo on Helen’s Blog from January to May 2021.
Top Row L-R: Happy New Year Erté post … Anya Taylor Joy’s Queen’s Gambit Hair Flicks … Golden Globes Hair Fashions 2021… Flowers Printed on hair by Alexis Ferrer /Wella …
2nd Row : VeniceW NYFW Fall 2021 Tornuquet Hair and Fashion Collection … Avant Garde Hair Up To There by Damien Carney, Finalist NAHA/Pro Beauty 2021 … Avant Garde Romantic Hair by Keith Bryce, Finalist NAHA/Pro Beauty 2021 … Shaded bobs by Julie Vriesinga, Salon Entrenous, Finalist NAHA/Pro Beauty 2021 … Hair Art Comes to Life by Nick Stenson, Ulta Beauty, Finalist NAHA/Pro Beauty 2021 …   3rd Row : Elizabeth Franchi MilanFW Fall 2020 … Hair as fabric by Silas Tsang, Finalist NAHA/Pro Beauty 2021 … Hair Color Stripes by Steven Robinson, Finalist NAHA Pro Beauty 2021 … Amazon opens salon in London … Bottom Row : Top ’60s model, Dorthe Holm Jensen … Oscar Hair Fashions 2021 …  To see more details, and who did what, scroll down this blog, a few pages or do a Search in box top right of blog. To see All of Helen’s Blogs highlighting work archived on this website plus more, CLICK HERE


Avant Garde Romantic Hair NAHA 2021

Posted by on May 4, 2021 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Avant Garde Romantic Hair NAHA 2021

Photo: Keith Bryce for NAHA/ProBeauty

This avant garde romantic hair is by Keith Bryce, nominated in the Styling and Finishing category for the 2021 North American Hairstyling Awards 2021 (NAHA) to be announced on August 29 in Las Vegas.   Textured hair is topped by charming little matching balls of hair, like a kind of crown. From the moment I saw this image, it reminded me of George Sand, the 19th Century French romantic novelist, who often wore men’s clothing. Chopin was one of her lovers. Live streamed and tickets (note, entries for NAHA 2022 opens in June)

Hair: Keith Bryce,, Fair Oaks, California … Makeup: Mary Fuentes … Mariah Angela … Fashion Styling: Keith Bryce … Photo: Keith Bryce for ProBeauty/NAHA


Wide Hair Color Stripes NAHA – 2021

Posted by on May 3, 2021 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Wide Hair Color Stripes NAHA - 2021

Photos: Steven Robinson for NAHA/ProBeauty

Wide hair color stripes, mostly in pretty pastel shades, on a chin length bob and a longer look, all the same length hair of course, by Steven Robinson, 1 Salon, Milcreek, Utah, His stripes earned him a Hair Color Nomination for the North American Hairstyling Awards for 2021 to be announced on August 29th. Live streamed and tickets

Hair : Steven Robinson, 1 Salon, Milcreek, Utah … Makeup: Janelle Corey… Fashion Stylist: Matthew Sandoval … Photos: Steven Robinson


Avant Garde Hair Up To There For NAHA – 2021

Posted by on Apr 27, 2021 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Avant Garde Hair Up To There For NAHA – 2021

Photo: Damien Carney for NAHA/Pro Beauty

If only a celeb at the Oscars, or any award ceremony, had the guts to wear their hair and makeup like this, which has happened, with too much criticism for anyone to try to be avant garde again!  This hair up to there is by Damien Carney, makeup by Joanne Gair, and it is nominated in the Avant Garde Category of the 2021 NAHA Awards (North American Hairstyling Awards) to be announced on August 29th at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas – tickets

Hair: Damien Carney, Damien Carney Pro, Makeup: Joanne Gair, Model; Elena Sartison, Fashion Stylist: Rod Novoa, Photo: Damien Carney for NAHA/Professional Beauty Association (PBA)


Oscars 2021 Boring Hair – 2021

Posted by on Apr 26, 2021 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Oscars 2021 Boring Hair - 2021

Collage by with thanks to E-TV and ABC-TV

The Oscars 2021. Some lovely fashions. Hair not so interesting, boring!  Oscars not so interesting. I didn’t want to see any of the movies …   I just couldn’t get interested in the Oscars this year. In fact, I recorded, then watched a Season 4 episode of Velvet, Spanish TV series on Netflix I am addicted to now.  First time I wasn’t glued to the TV for  the Oscars in decades.    To see more, better quality photos (!) and who is who, CLICK HERE


Amazon To Open A Beauty Salon – 2021

Posted by on Apr 21, 2021 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Amazon To Open A Beauty Salon - 2021

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The hair world is buzzing. Amazon is opening a beauty salon in London. Surely, it will be the first of many. And it’s possible the hair world may be in for a big jolt, and change. If Amazon gets it right, as few not in the biz do.    Salons are, after all, well, um, quirky, the staff and how they operate is unlike in any other business, and conventional business people have to adapt or else … But, then, Jeff Bezos is not exactly conventional The two story tech savvy for now experimental salon will be open 7 days a week, with pads at every station to order whatever from  It will feature augmented reality technology so customers will be able to experiment with virtual hair colors, check out the latest industry products, cutting edge technology and whatever else Amazon will innovate.  The two story building is in Spitalfields in London’s East End, styling services will be provided by Elena Lavagni, who owns the Neville Hair and Beauty Salon in London.   I am a big Amazon fan and wish them all the best.


Golden Globes Hair Fashion Winners – 2021

Posted by on Mar 1, 2021 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Golden Globes Hair Fashion Winners – 2021

Photos: Helen Oppenheim/NBC-TV. Collage by

The 78th Annual Golden Globes were different this pandemic year, many at home, dressed up in couture finery, hair and makeup as always, some stars made an appearance. Take a look at some of the hair fashion winners:
Top left to right : The Golden Globes … Anya Taylor-Joy, looking very different, a blonde, not in red wigs, won the award for Best Actress in a Limited Series, The Queen’s Gambit … Andra Day with her curls piled up high, wearing Chanel Couture at home, won the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, The United States Vs Billy Holiday … Jane Fonda with grey hair proudly coiffed, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Middle left to right :Jared Leto, nominated Best Supporting Actor for “The Little Things” with subtle brandy highlights on long hair, wearing a huge flower … Anthony Anderson, Black-ish star, presented wearing a fancy brooch … Jamie Lee Curtis wearing serious big shoulders presented … Dan Levy , nominated for Schitt’s Creek in Maison Valentino Men’s Haute Couture.
Bottom left to right : Maya Rudolph with charming unruly curls decorated with a  silver headpiece, wearing a silver caftan … Rocsi Diaz helping host E TV’s After Party.  With thanks to NBC-TV.