Hair Art Comes To Life for NAHA – 2021

Posted by on Jan 23, 2021 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Hair Art Comes To Life for NAHA - 2021

Photos: Richard Monsieurs for PBA/NAHA

“My collection is about fine art coming to life, from the canvas to reality,” said Nick Stenson, Ulta Beauty, who created “visual illusions with the hair and the art – textures looking like they could have been painted but, on looking closer, you realize they are the model’s real hair, with movement, bringing the hair to “life” with wind to blow loose pieces as the model transitions from the painting to reality.” The hair, left, was braided close to the head, tightly coiled, twisted, fur-like texturized hair with rippled red waves like the flame on a fire.  Right, the hair rose up to there in loose waves. Each model was 90% complete before she was “attached” to the canvas, final touches were then made. The artist said he stretched himself exploring a new approach for a hair shoot and he did. Brilliant work by all. The result is being nominated as a Finalist for NAHA 2021 in the Styling and Finishng Category, winners to be announced on August 29th in Las Vegas. Tickets on sale in the Spring at

Hair: Nick Stenson, Ulta Beauty … Makeup: Deney Adam … Fashion Stylist: Jennifer Daniels … Models: (left) Molly Divane and (right) Ella Renner, both Ford Models … Photos Richard Monsieurs for PBA/NAHA


Hair As Fabric by Silas Tsang for NAHA -2021

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

Hair As Fabric by Silas Tsang for NAHA -2021

Photos: Andrew O’Toole for PBA/NAHA

Hair was made to look like fabric in 3D by Silas Tsang of Blushes in Ottowa, Canada, who was nominated as a Finalist for the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA 2021) in the Master Hairstylist of the Year category, one of 14 categories.    First, hairpieces and extensions were laid out very straight and flat, then gel was combed through them and hardened.   On the left, a razor was used to cut different, rectangular shapes from the hair, black lines were randomly drawn with a black marker, a look inspired by unique barcodes. resulting in an updo owing a lot to art. On the right, the hair was cut into honey comb/geometric shapes, then sprinkled, short, fine hair on top, the fabric-like hair wrapped around the head like the most unusual head wrap ever. There were 68 Finalists for the 32nd annual NAHA event which will take place on August 29th at the Cosmoprof North American Show (CPNA) in Las Vegas. Congratulations to all Finalists who produced some stunning creative ideas during difficult times. Tickets on sale in the Spring at

Hair:   Silas Tsang, Blushes, Ottowa, Canada with Dorothy Tsang … Makeup: Kylie O’Toole…   Fashion Stylist: Karly Brown … Photos: Andrew O’Toole for PBA/NAHA


Queen’s Gambit Hair Flicks – 2021

Posted by on Jan 13, 2021 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Queen's Gambit Hair Flicks – 2021

Photos Courtesy Netflix.  Collage

Hair Trend Alert.  Anya Taylor-Joy’s hair flicks in The Queen’s Gambit, the much-watched Netflix TV series, in which she played Beth Harmon, an orphan who had a genius for chess and a madness brought on by pills and alcohol. We first see her as a kid in the late ’50s, an orphan, with brutally short micro-bangs, then with short early ’60’s dos of the era, but her longer hair with the flicks in 1968 is what caught my eye, perhaps to be adapted and less perfect for the 21st century. The red hair, wigs throughout, was by Daniel Parker, who was inspired by Natalie Wood, Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly. The Limited Series, almost hypnotic to watch (the pace, the music, the everything) which may or may not be continued, was adapted by Scott Frank from Walter Tevi’s novel with the same title, was co-created with Alan Scott. Some great acting, especially from actress, director, writer Marielle Heller, also helped make each of the 7 episodes a joy to watch, whether one plays chess or not. To read more about the hair, CLICK HERE, and to see the offcial trailer CLICK HERE
Hair and Makeup:   Daniel Parker. Photos: Courtesy Netflix


Flowers Printed On Hair – 2021

Posted by on Jan 7, 2021 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Flowers Printed On Hair – 2021

Photo:Rafa Andreau

“The Favorite Collection” created by hair artist Alexis Ferrer of Barcelona, a long time member of the Wella Professionals Global Team, spotlights flowers printed on the hair in intricate patterns, as in this photo, one of an extraordinary collection published in Issue #579 of Peluquerias Magazine (See more versions on Instagram  @HelenOppenheim)

Now, new technology, techniques combined with knowledge of the craft, have made it possible to recreate flowers in beautiful patterns printed on the hair, just as couturiers created flowers and animals on fabrics, dresses, walls and tapestries in past eras, especially the XVIII Century.   Ferrer has said he was “influenced by Modernism, Cubism, Surrealism and a world of infinite possibilities for the future has opened up.

Hair: Alexis Ferrer, Barcelona/Wella Professionals … Makeup: Mary Torres … Model: Emma Fuhrmann …  Photo: Rafa Andreau


Happy New Year With Erté – 2021

Posted by on Dec 31, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Happy New Year With Erté -  2021


Wishing all my Blog followers a happier New Year. It has to be better than 2020. This 1925 image is by Erté  and is called “The Arctic Sea.”   I love love love everything Erté.


Photos Helen’s Blog June 22-Dec 18, 2020

Posted by on Dec 19, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Full Credits On Website. Collage by

Collage of photos, info and inspo on Helen’s Blog from June 22 to December.
Top Row: Modern Mullets … Verity Pascarl before her mullet to be cut by her boyfriend for Black Dog Mental Health Charity … Women’s US Open Tennis Champs wearing Nike and Naomi Osaka, The Champ, in action … 2nd Row : Monique Dupree’s colorific fun hair … Helmut Newton’s “The Bad and The Beautiful” Documentary can be seen in virtual cinemas … “About Time” Met Museum Exhibition runs to February 7, 2021 … Men in Nike @ US Open Tennis … US Open Tennis Men’s Champs and their hair … 3rd Row : MSNBC’s Joy Reid and her hair before her new 8 pm “Reid Out” show … Fur sandals for Australia Fashion Week promo… Happy Thanksgiving with Alphonse Mucha Art Nouveau image .. Helen’s Happy Holidays e-card illustration by George Karkoulas … Deborah Lippman nails @ Badgley Mischka, NYFW …. Happy Birthday America …
Bottom Row : Edward Tricomi, Warren-Tricomi Salons backstage cutting Barbara Berger’s bob @ NYFW … Jon Reyman’s Hair Pin Designs for Aveda, backstage @ Fashion Hong Kong, NYFW … Nicole Kidman’s hair and coats in HBO’s “The Undoing” … Vidal Sassoon’s Marlene Dietrich in Barcelona, 1980 … Raphael Santarossa Collage.   Hair history is here. To see more details, and who did what, scroll down this blog. To see All of Helen’s Blogs highlighting work archived on this website plus more, CLICK HERE


Happy Holidays – 2020

Posted by on Dec 18, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Happy Holidays - 2020

Illustration: George Karkoulas

Wishing all my Blog followers Happy Holidays with this 1991 illustration by George Karkoulas (1954-1993) For many years George sent me his gorgeous illustrations.  To see more of them, and more of the Holiday Cards I made with them, CLICK HERE


Happy Thanksgiving – 2020

Posted by on Nov 25, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving

Illustration: Alphonse Mucha

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Blog Followers with this Art Nouveau illustration by
Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939)