Keeping you entertained – and informed

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 10 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 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!


Orangeheads Nominated for NAHA – 2019

Posted by on Nov 29, 2019 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Orangeheads Nominated for NAHA – 2019

Photo Left: Paula Tizzard … Photo Right: John Rawson

Two orangeheads nominated for the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) for 2019.
Left: Julie Vriesinga’s waved wonder is one of her looks up for the Master Hairstylist of the Year Award …
Right: Chrystofer Benson’s look for girls who love curls is up for an award in the Hairstylist of the Year Category. The NAHA Awards will be announced by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) on January 25th. 2020.  Tickets/info pro

Hair Left: Julie Vriesinga, Salon Entre Nous, London, Canada … Makeup: Florencia Taylor …
Photo: Paula Tizzard
Hair Right:: Chrystofer Benson, CBC Productions … Makeup: Danielle Donahue …
Fashion Styling: Hannah Patrica … Photo: John Rawson


Happy Happy Thanksgiving – 2019

Posted by on Nov 26, 2019 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Happy Happy Thanksgiving - 2019

Photo Carmi

Happy Happy Thanksgiving to all my Blog and Archive Followers.  Hope you like this chic table setting as much as I do.  I am very grateful for your loyalty. Thank you.  And thank you “Twitterholic” Carmi @keancarmi


Fab Finalist Hair for NAHA – 2020

Posted by on Nov 20, 2019 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Fab Finalist Hair for NAHA - 2020

Photo: Roberto Ligresti

Here is the work of just one Finalist for the 2020 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) hosted by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) but congratulations to all in each of the 15 categories, for hair, makeup and nail artistry. Dilek Onur Taylor, Creative Director for 760 Salons by InStyle, JC Penney, had her hand in nominations for Stylist of the Year, Styling and Finishing, Avant Garde and the Texture Categories, of which this is one magical look. The NAHA awards take place on Saturday, January 25 in Long Beach. Tickets

Hair: Dilek Onur-Taylor, Salon by InStyle, IL … Makeup: Joanne Gair …Model; Stella Trapsh
Photo (Detail): Roberto Ligresti


My Hair Column Published in Ukraine – 2012

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

My Hair Column Published in Ukraine - 2012

Photo; David Zanes

Way back in 2012, Peluquerias published a very lively edition of the magazine in the Ukraine, who were also online with some very exciting hair posts. They published and translated my whole columns. A real trip to see my columns in other languages, which have also  been published in Chinese, Korean, Russian and in Argentina. The magazine and my columns are no longer published in the Ukraine or the other countries (only in Spain, US/Canada, France, Italy, Australia now.)   Take a look at this “Cat in the Hat Blue Boy” with hair up to there, by WorldGreat Ezel. “I turned up for the job,” says Ezel “and I knew the guy’s hair was going to be bright blue. What I didn’t know was that it was going to take me two weeks to get the blue off my hands and out of my brushes, But I think it worth it because the hair is what makes the picture fabulous!” To see more Ezel archived on this website. dating back to the 80s, CLICK HERE 

Hair: Ezel … Model: Dallas Alberti/Red Models …  Photo: © David Zanes, Courtesy: Dapifer Magazine


Patricia Fox In All Her Glory – 2019

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

Patricia Fox In All Her Glory - 2019

Photos: Helen Oppenheim

Patricia Fox, aka @PurelyPatricia, is a Style Advocate, Fashion Ambassador and she also accepts commissions for Interior Décor. I call her the ultimate fashion eccentric, always dressed to the nines wowing with headdresses which are worn to be noticed, And they are. In fact, she wows from top to toe, even when taking out her dog for a walk, usually wearing something extraordinary on her head.   Here is she at the new Felice 56 Restaurant in the Chambers Hotel dining with moi (having lunched at MoMA earlier the same day). She is wearing a hat/headdress by Nini k Hats, Martina Loncar Jewellry (with a double “l”) and, the pièce de résistance, a Christian Louboutin bag she couldn’t resist from the new Nordstrom in Manhattan.

Photos by Helen Oppenheim


Photos Helen’s Blog July 20-Nov 7, 2019

Posted by on Nov 11, 2019 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photos Helen's Blog July 20-Nov 7, 2019

Full Credits On Website. Collage by

Collage of photos, info and inspo on Helen’s Blog from July 20 to November 7, 2019.  There’s Downton Abbey, Met Musuem Costume Institute Spring Exhibition “About Time” and Gala info … The spectacular Anna Pacitto Show Finale at Intercoiffure AC … Brigittie Segura, @fashiondailymag Instagram Influencer Like No Other … About the Roman Polanski/Dreyfus Scandal movie, “J’Accuse” … Yellow 2010 “Soul Collection” hair by WorldGreat Angelo Seminara … French Fashion, Women and The First World War at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery … Chiara Boni Chic Cowgirls at NYFW Spring 2020 … Detra Smith working the mousse backstage at Badgley Mischka’s Spring 2020 NYFW Show … RIP Martin Parsons … The Kaimin Girl at their NYFW Fall/Winter 2019 show … Fab Fashionistas Seen on Scene backstage at NYFW Spring 2020 … Edward Tricomi and Polly Mellen Hair Moment NYFW 2004 … The Fashion Group Moon Photos, 1969, in Montreal.     Hair History is here, some fashion and makeup history too – inspiration for today, and tomorrow. 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


About Time Met Exhibition & Gala Spring – 2020

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

About Time Met Exhibition & Gala Spring - 2020

Surreal Image Photo David Bailey 1980

The Costume Institute’s Spring 2020 Exhibition is About Time: Fashion and Duration, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 7 through September 7, 2020,. The exhibition will trace more than a century and a half of fashion from 1870 to the present, curated by Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu.   Expect to see flashbacks and fast forwards with a disruptive timeline of fashion history with black and white fashions having an Impact.   Virginia Wolfe will serve as the “ghost narrator” of the exhibition made possible by Louis Vuitton and Condé Nast.  Co-chairs for the Gala on May 4 will be Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, Anna Wintour and will be part of the Museum’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations, which include a birthday commemoration on April 13, a range of public events June4-6, and more …

Surreal, David Bailey, 1980, Image Courtesy of The Metropolian Museum of Art, Photo: David Bailey