John Sahag - The Hairdresser collage

Top row, left  and center: John Sahag and his models in his first Workshop, photographed by Lawrence Ivy for a Anthony Haden-Guest article in New York Magazine, 1986.

Top right: Jaclyn Smith, John Sahag, Brooke Shields, at the Palladium, 1986, photographed by Kevin Mazur, London Features Int. (USA) Ltd.

Bottom left and center:  John Sahag with Jaclyn Smith, who hosted a party for him at The Palladium, 1986.  Color photo by John Barrett, black and white photo by Patrick McMallum.

Bottom right: NY’s top paparazzi photographing John, Jaclyn and Brooke.  And there’s me in the center, beaming.  Photo by John Sahag.


Here is John Sahag in a video thanking editors for an award he couldn’t accept personally because he would be in Paris working on an Issey Miyake show at the same time as the ceremony.
Video by Vidcat Productions, 1997.



  1. Feb 12, 2015

    Hi. My first seminar is 2 March 2015, in Italy. On the presentation of our new collection, we dedicated one tribute to John Sahag, with dry cutting Technique. For information write me.
    Love to all

  2. Feb 8, 2015

    Hi Helen.
    I see your website about John. Extraordinary work. I was in salon 2 days with John and Federico in 2002. I am deeply empty for not having spent more time with him. Are 10 years passed that the hair fashion has no longer a real rockstar. Thank you so much to make John alive. This Year, i make a series of seminars in Italy, with a tribute to John. John is alive in our minds, in our Hearts, in our Hands… Love to all. Claudio

    • Feb 8, 2015

      Claudio. Thank you so much for your post, from the heart. So happy John and his work are alive for you. And most impressed you are going to make a series of seminars with a tribute to John.

  3. Dec 3, 2012

    Good to hear from you, Bruce. Been a long time. Yes, we were all part of something special. Thank you for the thank you.

  4. Dec 3, 2012

    Wow! Very exciting to see and hear his voice again after all these years. I am amazed at how much I miss him. I owe him so much for all he taught me about hair and life. It was wonderful working with him in his first salon. I felt I was part of something really special. I have never felt like that about any salon since. Thank You Helen for all of your work and dedication.
    Bruce Kushnick.

  5. Oct 19, 2012

    For all of you that don’t know me I am John Sahag’s second cousin from Sydney, Australia.

    First of all thank you Helen for your wonderfull contribution to John’s work, without people like you his memory will not live on. I did not know John for that long, for it was when I was 4 years old I met him. I always wanted to see him again but sadly he had passed away when I had visited his Workshop in NYC.

    For nearly a decade I have researched his work online (I think I am his only relative who has researched him more than anyone) and was amazed at how successful John became that I not only wanted to know about him but also the people he worked with. I hope his spirit touches me so that I can meet more people who have shaped his life and get to know about John more. John did not only make a difference in the industry but a difference in everyone’s life around him, and that’s what people will never forget.

    R.I.P cuz 🙂 you will not be forgotten.

    • Oct 19, 2012

      Very beautiful, Shant. Thank you.

  6. Oct 1, 2012

    What an amazing individual. How thrilling (and exhausting) it must have been to work with him. Love the video clip.

    • Oct 1, 2012

      Thrilling and exhausting. I was working 14 hour days! Yes, I love the video too!

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