A Fur Hat & Hair Create Ethereal Look – 2023

Posted by on Mar 20, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

A Fur Hat & Hair Create Ethereal Look - 2023

Photo: Doris Thompson

A hairpiece made with a fur hat that was first cut up to create texture and depth by  Nazir Maherali of Vancouver, Canada, who then spent hours weaving blue hair pieces/strands with a crochet hook.  The hair pieces were then set with various sized perm rods, taking them out on the day of the shoot and as the shoot went on, the curls loosened to create what he called “this ethereal and airy look.” Which was inspired by “Wabi Sabi” – beauty that is “imperfect, Impermanent and Incomplete” and modern Japanese aesthetics.

Hair: Nazir Maherali, Vancouver, Canada…Hair Assistant: Mai Nguyen … Makeup; Iris Hsiao & Racheal Wong Kiuhor … Stylist: Heather Jude … Photo: Doris Thompson
(Photo Courtesy Leann Cutler/Hair Shots 2 The World)


Oscar Hair Disappointing. Again – 2023

Posted by on Mar 13, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Oscar Hair Disappointing. Again – 2023

Photos Helen Oppenheim With Thanks to E-TV. Collage helenoppenheim.com

The hair at the 95th Oscars on March 12th 2023 was mostly disappointing. Again.  Lots of fab fashions but nothing new and exciting or likely to set new hair trends. Here are just a few stars with something going on with the hair

Top Left to Right: Michelle Yeoh, Best Actress Oscar for Everything Everywhere All At Once –  wore  Dior and Moussaieff  diamonds in her hair as well as her ears. Halle Berry’s asymmetrical wavy bob by Sara Seward  with honey blonde highlights did make a hair statement.  Gown by Tamara Ralph.
2nd Row Left to Right: Austin Butler – Elvis – set no trends but he does have great hair and always looks good.   Michelle Williams, nominated for The Fabelmams always looks good in her pixie cut, here by Chris McMillan.  Lady Gaga wore the most glam smokey eye make up ever – by Sarah Tanno –  with a sheer black Versace gown on the red carpet, and no makeup, ripped jeans, sneakers, performing her nominated Best Original Song – Hold My Hand.  Her slicked-back tucked-under French Braid by Frederick Aspiras made a hair color statement  we could live without – thick blonde streaks on her dark hair.     Florence Pugh’s hair by Peter Lux wore hair that could send a few ripples through the hair world – a reverse ponytail, caught with a black velvet ribbon, the ends coming forward to make bangs on the forehead.  She wore a Valentino Couture gown with black shorts, Tiffany Jewelry.


Florence Pugh Cool Updo Oscars – 2023

Posted by on Mar 12, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Florence Pugh Cool Updo Oscars - 2023

Photos Helen Oppenheim w/thanks to E-TV.    Collage helenoppenheim.com

Florence Pugh, the Don’t Worry Darling actress at the Oscars 2023 with a cool updo using long hair in a reverse ponytail secured with a black velvet ribbon to give a bang effect on the forehead.  She was wearing a Valentino Couture gown with dramatic sleeves and Tiffany jewelry.  Yes, that’s black shorts under the gown.  And a signature nose ring in her nose.

Hair: Peter Luxe … Makeup: Alex Babsky using Valentino Makeup  … Stylist: Rebecca Corbin-Murray … Photos: Helen Oppenheim with thanks to E-TV


Forehead Braids Florals Decorate – 2023

Posted by on Mar 9, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Forehead Braids, Florals Decorate - 2023

Photos: Fred J. DeVito. Collage helenoppenhiem.com

Braids on the forehead, neat buns and florals decorated many heads by Anthony Joseph Hernandez for Cutler/Redken at the House of Aama New York Fashion Week Show for Fall/Winter 2023.    A folk tale of the Spider’s metamorphosis was inspiration for the patterns, colors, original textile elements and hair for the show with a theme  – “Prelude” Aama Tales – about the survival during the transatlantic slave trade, the migration to America from the Caribbean.

This makeup look, one of two, by Maite Moreira for the New York Makeup Academy, shows duochrome eyeshadows from Jaded Blue to Green, some shine and glitter. To see more hair, makeup and fashions from this show, CLICK HERE

Lead Hair: Anthony Joseph Hernandez, Cutler Salon …. Products: Redken … Lead Makeup: Maite Moreira, New York Makeup Academy … Styling: Tiffani Williams … Florals: Ryan Norville … Photos: Fred J. DeVito


Kim Shui Sexy Excess @ NYFW FW- 2023

Posted by on Feb 21, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Kim Shui Sexy Excess @ NYFW FW- 2023

Photos: Fred J. DeVito. Collage helenoppenheim.com

Sexy with maximal excess and a ’90s vibe for women who want to be free and express themselves wowed  at the playful Kim Shui Fall Winter 2023 New York fashion Week Show, symbolically held at the Bowery Savings Bank.

The KS woman wore a hair tattoo stenciled on to her long or super long sleek hair extensions, by Jaylin Seng, Cutler Salon.  She wore the “K” signature of the show on her nails, by Narina Chan, on her sunglasses, belts and bra as well, and on her jewelry,  The Romero Jennings two toned lips for Mac Cosmetics were red lined with purple, an ombré effect. This is a ‘90s look of the past, modernized. which could trend. To see more inspirational hair, makeup, the daring flirtatious fashions and much more, CLICK HERE

Lead Hair: Jaylin Seng, Cutler Salons … Hair Products: Redken … Lead Makeup: Romero Jennings, Mac Cosmetics …Lead Nails: Narina Chan … K Jewelry: Kim Shui … Styling: Andrew Mukamal … Photos: Fred J. DeVito


Peter Gray HaIr Badgley Mischka NYFW- 2023

Posted by on Feb 17, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Peter Gray HaIr Badgley Mischka NYFW- 2023

’60s Inspo Photos Left: Richard Avedon. Backstage Photos Right: Helen Oppenheim

The hair for the Badgley Mischka New York Fashion Week Show at Spring Studios for Fall/Winter 2023 was by the one and only Peter Gray. The designers sent him the collage on the left for hair inspiration, of girls in bars and restaurants by Richard Avedon in the 1960s.

There were 40 models, and here are few of the looks the innovative hair designer adapted, making the hair interesting from every angle – front sides, back, something so few attempt to do for runway fashion shows for which we see too many safe ponytails and boring buns or nothing hair.    Peter made the hair jewelry from Badgley Mischka earrings, broken up, and fabrics from the designers’ collection with the help of Jamie Hollis, Sammi and his hair team, who burned the midnight oil!!

To  see more hair photos, with step by steps, details how the hair was done, the lovely Mary Irwin makeup and more on the “Romantic Futurism” Collection by James Mischka and Mark Badgley, CLICK HERE

Lead Hair: Peter Gray, Home Agency … Hair Products: Intelligent Nutrients … Tools:  Oliva Garden … Lead Makeup: Mary Irwin using Viseart Paris … Photos: Helen Oppenheim


PH5 Takes The Veil @ NYFW F/W – 2023

Posted by on Feb 13, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

PH5 Takes The Veil @ NYFW F/W – 2023

Photos: Fred J. DeVito, Collage: helenoppenheim.com

The  theme for the PH5 Presentation for New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2023 was “This is not a Jellyfish.” The hair, by Carly Loura, Cutler/Redken. was center parted, two oblong buns, one either side of the part, which were worn outside of fishnet veiling covering the hair and the face.  Some models also wore see-through plastic bridal-like veils, some crystal-studded.

The designers, Zoe Champion and Wei Lin, went “deeper underwater, into a world where plastic can be mistaken for otherworldly life forms and a place we have barely explored is being impacted by us so greatly.”  90% of the materials used in the collection were made of recycled materials. Friends and family were asked to collect plastic from their lives and the designers gave them a second life as crochet bags.  Stay tuned for the fun whimsical fashions, on theme, to be archived on this website later.
Lead Hair: Carly Loura, Cutler Salons/Redken … Products: Redken and Cutler … Lead Makeup: Molly Marie Gansfer, New York Makeup Academy …  Fashion Stylist: Coke HO
Photos: Fred J. DeVito


Christian Siriano Rose Fantasies FW – 2023

Posted by on Feb 11, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Christian Siriano Rose Fantasies FW – 2023

Photos: Getty Images

Christian Siriano’s Rose fantasies for his New York Fashion Week Show for Fall Winter 2023 were inspired by his vision of “Audrey Hepburn’s rose garden at midnight.”  The fashions were romantic and interesting.  Bouquets to the designer.

Hair: Lacy Redway, Tresemme … Makeup: Charlotte Tilbury …Photos with thanks to ENews Online by Hippolyte Petit /Getty Images left, top right, and Nina Westerway/WWD via Getty Images