Hair Inspiration Divine by Carita, Paris – 1972

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Hair Inspiration Divine by Carita, Paris – 1972

Photos: Sarah Moon

I called this hair “Divine” when I published these photos in my Montreal Star “Right On” weekly quarter page column in 1972 (my first venture into journalism.).  It still is.  As are the photos by the great Sarah Moon.  And I found another angle (left)  of the look recently.

The hair message from the Paris Maison de Beauté was the mid-long hair was modeled on a little girl’s haircut, scissor-cut to one length, slightly longer in the front.  The ends were turned under and black combs held the sides for a “yesteryear” look.  The makeup included dark turquoise eyes, with pink under the brows which met and blended into pinky-red blush placed very high on the cheekbones.  The brows were arched, finer than ever (a trend in 1972) and the lips were red.

Hair/Makeup:  Carita Paris 1972 … Model: Sue Baloo … Photos: Sarah Moon


Raphael’s Femme Fatale Turban Look – 1971

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Raphael's Femme Fatale Turban Look – 1971

Photo: © Klaus Lucka

Here’s something different. From 1971. By the great Raphael Santarossa, who had tressed superstars and supermodels in London (as the Raphael of Raphael & Leonard) before moving to North America.

For this terrific turban look, Raphael cut and sculpted a fall in 3 steps, into 3 lengths, to look like 3 different fringes on one head. He then strategically placed the hair in the turban to waterfall down one side of the face, softening it.  Note the thin brows of the era, a fad in 1971 but so many found their brows never grew back as they were!  For more Femme Fatales, click here: 

Hair by Raphael Santarossa, 1971 … Makeup: Jacques LaFleur … Turban Designed by: Irene of Montreal … Model: Judi McDonald … Photo: Klaus Lucka … Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Veil on Hair Hat Chignon – 1978

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Hair Hat Chignon with Veil

Photo: Larry Nicholls


The veils worn with hats in the 2012 movie version of “Anna Karenina” are so beautiful they could set a fashion trend.   In 1978, a black veil with a  feather was added to La Coupe’s Cadette Chignon, a hair hat chignon for a drop dead chic look.

This unique chignon with a veil added was designed by Jerome Pinsonneault of La Coupe for an Armani fashion show in Toronto, and was worn with hair all up or, as here, with hair half up and half down. Nothing like it had been done before.  For more, full credits and how to make your own, go to Hair/Then, La Coupe, 70s, Hat Chignons on

Hair: Jerome Pinsonneault, La Coupe, Toronto, 1978 …Makeup: Stace Long, La Coupe, Toronto … Veil/Feathers: George Karkoulas …Model: Danielle Carbonneau …Photo: Larry Nichols … Produced by Helen Oppenheim