Oscar Hair Not Inspiring – 2020

Posted by on Feb 11, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Oscar Hair Not Inspiring - 2020

Photos: Helen Oppenheim. Collage by helenoppenheim,com

Once again, hair at the Oscars was ordinary, not inspiring.  Here are just a few looks on celebs attending the 2020 event.
Top Left to Right : Renee Zellweger, who  won Best Actress for her role as Judy Garland wore a safe but chic low bun.
Second Row L to R : Billie Ellish in Chanel and her greened interesting messy hair … Salma Hayek in Gucci with a Bucheron necklace in her curled updo … Saoirse Ronan with a tiny jewel and short bangs … Third Row L to R : Janelle Monae in Ralph Lauren with a glam hood,  and  sleek hair,  later  with a crimped ’40s poof …   Zazie Beetz a lovely pile up of natural texture … Bottom Row L to R :  Florence Pugh nicely knotted updo with roots showing all over the place  … Brad Pitt, won Best Supporting Actor Oscar, badly in need of a haircut but still  looking gorgeous, and elegant in a velvet jacket.    Missing a photo of Lucy Boynton who had pearls on her part, the most original of all.

Photos: Helen Oppenheim with apologies to ABC TV and E Live From The Red Carpet


Gwyneth and Brad With the Same Hairstyle – 1997

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

 Gwyneth and Brad With the Same Hairstyle – 1997

Photo: Wenn/Sidewalk

Here’s a photo which could be a collector’s item and is part of hair history from way back when Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt were a hot ticket item. The style was new at the time, but looks today, right now.  Even more fabulous, they wore the same look to the New York Premiere of Brad Pitt’s movie “The Devil’s Own” at Cinema One on Third Avenue in 1997.

Gwyneth’s hair was cut and designed by the legendary John Sahag, Brad’s by Deedra Norris of the John Sahag Workshop, who also styled both superheads for this premiere. How did Deedra get to cut Brad Pitt’s hair? You”ll have to check the album on the website featuring movie stars and premieres, with anecdotes under many photos, to find out how a dream can come true.  click here then scroll along under the photos:

Hair: John Sahag, John Sahag Workshop and Deedra Norris, John Sahag Workshop …  Photo: Wenn/Sidewalk


Ragtails, Shaved Sides Street Look – 80s

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 3 comments

Ragtails, Shaved Side Street Look with Extensions - 80s

Photo: Mike Owen

Know your hair history?  This is Ragtails, a shaved-side street look with extensions by Simon Forbes, Antenna London, who had the clients to wear this look way back then  in the 80s, before anyone else.  But now Is another matter.  Closely shaved  sides are all over the place, for both sexes.  Lupita Nyong’o, Brad Pitt, many more …

Antenna Salon, now no longer, was the first to cater to the people Simon Forbes mixed with on the London club scene, and had its roots in punk.

Forbes first became world- famous for Boy George’s colorful hair extensions. The  Monofibre extensions  by Dome were later worn by Cher, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Tracey Ullman, Sarah Brightman of Phantom fame, Marilyn. For more on WorldGreat Simon Forbes, click here:

Hair: Simon Forbes, Antenna, London … Photo: Mike Owen


The Famous Selfie @ The Oscars – 2014

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Photo: Helen Oppenheim

Photo: Helen Oppenheim (from ABC TV)

I captured a photo of the famous stars with Bradley Cooper taking the famous selfie organized by Ellen de DeGeneres at the 2014 Oscars. Front left to right: Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Copper doing the honors (and owning the selfie.) …  2nd Row:  Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Peter Nyong’o Jr. … Top row: Channing Tatum and Kevin Spacey both partial, Lupita  Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie.

Photos from ABC-TV.


Oscar Hair, Almost The Same Old Story – 2014

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

Photos: Helen Oppenheim ... Collage: helenoppenheim.com

Photos: Helen Oppenheim … Collage: helenoppenheim.com

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.