Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 10 comments

Photos: Helen Oppenheim ... Collage:

Photos: Helen Oppenheim … Collage:

Sets best.  No, not the hair sets!  The Oscar sets.  Oscar hair for 2014 was safe, safe, the same old  story.  Except for Lupita Nyong’o (Oscar Best Supporting Actress for “12 Years A Slave”) top left, and her mini-mohawk by Larry Simms, but the shaved sides and back won’t work on those not so beautiful. However, her Fred Leighton gold and diamond headband, worn just so, will start a trend. The short haired ones all looked boring:  Charlize Theron’s pixie (nothing much) … Anne Hathaway (shorter than ever, with an old-fashioned unflattering cut ) … Liza Minelli at 67 showed some hair interest, with a blue streak … prefer Pink with pink hair … Ellen DeGeneres, a disappointing Oscar host, looks better with her hair a little longer … Jennifer Lawrence’s hair was fuddy-duddy styled and highlighted, but like her necklace dangling down her back … Kristin Chenoweth in her Roberto Cavalli dress had a longer pixie.  Viola Davis waved but it could be have been a little less perfect … Kim Novak at 81 should sue her plastic surgeon (her mouth and voice were weird), she needed a fashion stylist but her hair was fine (I got a good photo!!)  Second row, left to right: Laura Dern’s hair was romantic, well done … an ABC announcer looked modern with her textured hair to one side ending in a little knot.  Cate Blanchett, (Oscar Best Actress for “Blue Jasmine” well deserved) wore a safe waved glam look (but boring) … Kate Hudson and Sandra Bullock ( one-sided long hair, again) … Naomi Watts had a little something going on on top, but nothing much … Jared Leto (Oscar Best Supporting Actor for “Dallas Buying Club”) with his ombrée color could start a long hair trend  for men (and extensions?) … Bradley Cooper better without the curls … John Travolta looks more like John Travolta with his well-styled toupée, but it was too shoe-polish black. Bottom row, left to right: Two well done but safe updos on Olivia Wilde and Anna McKendrick. A jewel somewhere would have  added a little something. And that goes for all the Oscar 2014 hair.  Brad Pitt’s “marine” haircut spoils Brad Pitt … Pharrell Williams wore a tux with shorts by Lanvin with his  closely shaven hair and earrings.  Kelly Osbourne still with lilac hair (now with re-growth!) worked the red carpet, here with Ryan Seacrest for E.  (Thank you to E-TV and ABC-TV. ) Whatever, the Oscar hair was prettier, more wearable, a little teensy little baby bit more interesting than most of the NY Fashion Week Runway hair with all those ponytails, greasy dirty-looking and overly messy looks but, maybe, next year Oscar  hair will have a few more influential stars wearing something, well, um, more interesting – and newer – to inspire the mere mortals out there to want something more interesting for their hair, which has looked the same for too many years now.


  1. Mar 24, 2014

    Awesome recap and great collage. Thank you for capturing the evening’s Hair Dos!

    • Mar 25, 2014

      Thanks, Sherri. xx

  2. Mar 5, 2014

    I loved Lupita’s hair for sure… and no, not for everyone… Although Liza’s blue streak was clever, she was pretty scary looking overall .. she was almost unrecognizable and so was Goldie Hawn…
    I kind of liked Jennifer Lawrence’s hair and gown… she is adorable. Loved your review… very entertaining….

    • Mar 5, 2014

      Happy you find review entertaining, Toni. Agreed, Liza and Goldie were hardly recognizable. Loved Jennifer Lawrence gown, not the hair or the highlights. Lupita was the hit of the show, but the hair would suit very few!

  3. Mar 4, 2014

    Great photos you captured! The short Lupita hair is to short,Anne Hathaway should grow her hair. Love the romantic look and the rest was boring. Oh Liza was really cool with her blue bit going on. Who does the hair for Grammy night? Helen should be art director and show them some style! Yep I also believe you had to of been a hairdresser in a past life. Keep it coming Helen, your always on target and love seeing someone tell it how it really looks!!

    • Mar 5, 2014

      Ah Lois. Thank you for kind words- and encouragement. So few Comments, I am not sure it was worth all that effort!!! I am a hairdresser! Or was. Although I only ever cut John Sahag’s hair, in 1985, and my own bangs!! He believed in me!! Yes, Anne Hathaway ruined her hair and her look. Not sure about Grammy hair. xx

  4. Mar 3, 2014

    Helen in your past life u must have been a hairdresser!I agree with you in almost every word what you say about the Oscar hair. Just very slightly better than 2013 but not good enough considering the faces and the hairdressers in Hollywood and the world at large. Cate Blanchett’s hair stayed right through the show – must have had PM Freeze&Shine! Having spent some years trying to get the hair standards in Hollywood upgrade, Helen you have done a beautiful job with the photography and your discriptions, FAB, 10 out of 10 – for Brad Pitts haircut along with Lupita Nyong’s cut. Why do hairdressers go out of their way to make a beautiful looking woman look butch, why why! is it easy to talk ’em into being butch? She has such a beautiful face and could have been outstanding. Helen Oppenheim you have scored yet again – well done: Harold Leighton in Boca Raton

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    • Mar 4, 2014

      Harold, some important people said I was a hairdresser although I am not one, never trained to cut, but certainly got into being a Creative Director (both at La Coupe and Sassoon). Thanks Harold.

    • Mar 4, 2014

      Thanks, Scrim xx

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