Happy July 4 With Vogue – 1926

Posted by on Jul 4, 2022 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Happy July 4 With Vogue - 1926

Vogue Eduardo Garcia Benito

Happy July 4. 2022 to all my Blog Followers with this Eduardo Garcia Benito Art Deco Vogue cover from 1926.



Joy Reid of MSNBC & Her Own Hair – 2022

Posted by on Jun 24, 2022 in Helen's Blog | 4 comments

Joy Reid of MSNBC & Her Own Hair- 2022

Photos Helen Oppenheim, with thanks to MSNBC

Joy Reid the beloved MSNBC host and national correspondent like no other has finally settled on her own hair, and for more than one night. So far!  Having entertained most and annoyed many with her provocative nightly hair changes, as in this collage, she must have decided it is time make her own hair healthy, which must have suffered with all those extensions and under all those wigs.   Let’s hope she is on her way to a healthier head of hair.  But, dear Joy, please consider changing the color.  It has too much orange in it and could look so much better as your healthier hair grows in.

Joy Reid MSNBC-TV Host/National Correspondent and Political Commentator graduated from Harvard University, is a two-time author and hosts “Reid Out” on MSNBC 7 pm nightly.
( Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid … @joyannreid … joyannreid.com )


Must See Brigitte Segura Curly Hair Tips – 2022

Posted by on Jun 17, 2022 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Brigitte Segura Curly Hair Tips - 2022

Photo/Video: Helen Oppenheim

I always love the curly hair don’t care look of Brigitte Segura, the cut, the style, color, everything about it.  The Creative Strategist/Consultant Fashion Daily Mag Curator tells us her secrets how she gets the wonder on her head.
Must-see details follow,  but first check out this video for some styling tips (on Safari click the arrow)  –

“First a great cut, gentle trims, and color are musts for maintaining my hair,” she says.  Since the pandemic she has worked with two “fabulous” hair people who make house calls.  Coco, a curly friendly hairstylist, for major cuts and trims, once a year taking off inches and inches., so the hair will grow in more healthy with more abundant curls that help with the volume on the base of the hair, how the volume lifts the hair.  Rocco Barbetto gives a 1 process color with painted highlights.

“Keeping my  hair healthy is key,” adding “less is more.”  Her naturally curly hair can have wavy or super curly textures and the effect of hair painting enables a natural curly look.  Some types of styling products inhibit her natural curls from forming so she doesn’t use a gel, mousse, curl enhancing styling products or hairspray but, sometimes, reaches for a curling conditioner instead of a regular one.

The girl with curls washes her hair once a week with a good shampoo and conditioner, which doesn’t leave residue.   She uses conditioners, some with essential oils, to texturize her hair.   Brigitte wets her hair in the shower daily, adds conditioner, leaving a bit of conditioner in the hair,  A hydrating conditioner works better than a leave-in. one, which can ignite lots of fine hairs going everywhere.  The hair is gently towel-dried then air dried for about an hour.

To get overall volume, she then turns her hair upside down, gets her hands under the hair, close to the scalp, making sure the curls and ends of the hair on her shoulders are finger-brushed out (not the hairs around her face) then she gently squeezes the curls with the palms of her hands, twice, before flipping the hair back for volume and curls.

A spritz of water or a leave-in conditioner can refresh after a day or two and she often uses a mask for curly hair. Different conditioners are used for different textured looks, especially on hot/humid/windy days.  Hair as amazing as this doesn’t just happen …

Haircut: Coco R. @51922orever … Hair Color: @RoccoBarbetto
Products: PhilipB Volumizing Shampoo, Everyday Beautiful and Lovin” Leave-in Conditioners …
Bhave SuperNova Leave-in Elixir and Curl Defining Creme … Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Creme
Eufora Moisture Mask Damage Cure Complex

Photo and Video: Helen Oppenheim
(FashionDailyMag… IG @fashiondailymag …  IG @brigitte_segura …TikTok @brigittesegura … brigittesegura.tumblr … IG @socialcuratorsNYC  and Shop BrigitteSegura on Amazon)


Juan-Manuel Alonso & His Hair Story – 2022

Posted by on Jun 14, 2022 in Helen's Blog | 5 comments

Juan-Manuel Alonso & His Hair Story - 2022

Juan-Manuel Alonso Collage by helenoppenheim.com

Juan-Manuel Alonso is a Cuban/American Artist who is inspired by his heritage, what is around him, the paradise where he lives, in New Mexico, and his past life in New York where he went to FIT, designed and taught fashion (check the bio on his website.)  He works on several paintings at the same time, from one work to the next, in a trajectory of progression.  He also changes his very long hair almost every day in interesting ways I thought you’d like to see, along with photos of his hair past:

Top Row, Left to Right : 1986. Short hair, slicked back with Oribe Pomade, wearing turtle neck under a Byblos marino wool sweater, in San Francisco (Photo: Noel Sutherland) … 1980. Press kit image for Sahara Club/Nino Cerruti, where he designed men’s shirts … 1986.  Slicked back hair, with water, wearing Armani in San Francisco (Photo:Noel Sutherland) … 2019.  Hiking in Joshua Tree, CA with hair pulled back in a knot (Photo: Guy Seiler) … 2015. Hair slicked back under a straw bowler made in England, a custom made ivory silk suit, at a car show in Palm Springs  (Photo: Stephen Elson) … 2019. Hair flying in Palm Springs, CA, wearing a ’70s Lilly Pulitzer suit (Photo: Sondra Stocker)  …Middle Row, Left to Right : 2018.  Wearing a metal gold leaf laurel crown, long hair au naturel, wearing black Homme Plissé Issey Miyake (Photo: Sondra Stocker) … 2009. Sleek pull back bullfighter knot, low on neck, custom made Italian tuxedo in virgin wool gabardine, selfie taken in the car on the way to a wedding in Beverly Hills … 2009.  First image after hair started to grow back after chemotherapy and radiation. (Photo: Stephen Elson) … 2022.  Hair pulled back with sterling silver and turquoise Native American tie back, wearing a kimino top.  Painting On Our Merry Way. (Photo: Guy Seiler) … 2022. The Artist with a heart … Bottom Row, Left to Right: 2022. Hair tied back with a 1 1/2″ black silk ribbon and a sterling sliver/turquoise Native American tie back to hold the hair in place. Painting  On Our Merry Way.  (Photo: Guy Seiler) …  2022.  Hair tied back in a ponytail, black silk ribbon, long ends, wearing a star print shirt.  Painting On The Way to Mesa. Photo: Guy Seiler) … 2022.  Ponytail tied with three different Native American sterling silver ties.  Painting On The Way to Mesa. (Photo: Guy Seiler) … 2022. Hair slicked back into a ponytail, wrapped with a black leather motorcycle tie back, painting On The Way Home. (Photo: Guy Seiler) … 2022: Two ponytails tied with a collection of Native American tie backs – 3 sterling silver tie backs and 3 sterling silver turquoise tie backs, wearing a Yohji Yamamoto T-Shirt.  Painting Into The Forest.(Photo: Guy Seiler.)

https://www.alonso-art.com … @juanmanuelalonsoart …  Collage by Helen Oppenheim


Marilyn Monroe 5’ 6”/ Kim Kardashian 5’ 2” – 2022

Posted by on May 10, 2022 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Marilyn Monroe 5’ 6”/ Kim Kardashian 5’ 2” – 2022

Photos: Bettmann/Contributor. Taylor Hill, Getty Images/Time Magazine

Since Marilyn Monroe was 5’ 6” and Kim Kardashian is 5’ 2” someone must have adjusted the hemline of the famous Marilyn Monroe 1962 Jean Louis “Happy Birthday, Mr. President “ dress for Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala red carpet “Gilded Age” performance for the In America: Anthology of Fashion exhibition.     Yes, everyone is talking about the white fur cover-up at the back where the dress didn’t fit over the Kardashian toosh but, as far as I know, no one has mentioned the height difference.  We assume the Ripley Believe or Not Museum knew there had to be adjustment to the dress they paid $5 million for in 2016 and have preserved ever since in a case which cost $65,000.  So, the burning question is – was the hemline left shortened, then adjusted back to its original length, somehow? Or, perhaps more likely, did Kim totter on 4 inch heels?

Marilyn Monroe: Bettmann/Contributor … Kim Kardashian: Taylor Hill, Getty Images/Time Magazine


1843 Social Justice Quilt @ The Met – 2022

Posted by on May 5, 2022 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

1843 Social Justice Quilt @ The Met – 2022

Photos: Helen Oppenheim. Collage: helenoppenheim.com

This pro-abolition quilt designed in 1843 by American fashion designer, Maria Hollander can be seen in the Haverhill Room at “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition. The designer leveraged her business success to engage with issues of fundamental importance in her day, including abolition, women’s rights. and, later, she went on to advocate women’s suffrage.   The words say “WE GOOD THX!”  According to film maker Radha Blank, ”Black women were often uncredited as cultural weavers of the fabric of this country.”  This Costume Institute exhibition opens to the public in the  American Wing at the Met Museum, on Saturday, May 7, until September 5., 2022. To see 36 photos of the Exhibition, CLICK HERE



Met Museum “Battle of Versailles” Fashion – 2022

Posted by on May 4, 2022 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Met Museum "Battle of Versailles" Fashion - 2022

Photos: Helen Oppenheim.

One of the stand-out rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” exhibition in the American Wing is the “Battle of Versailles” room – where Tom Ford has reimagined what happened in 1973, when the top French designers faced off against the top American designers. It is great fun, not captured as well as it could be with my iPhone.  This is Part 2 of the Costume Institute’s exhibition exploring fashion in America and it opens for the public on Saturday, May 7.  Part 1, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” will continue in the Anna Wintour Costume Center at The Met until September 5, 2022, when both exhibitions will close.  To see 36 photos of the Exhibition, CLICK HERE



James Pecis Hair Balls @ Thom Browne – 2022

Posted by on Apr 30, 2022 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

James Pecis Hair Balls @ Thom Browne – 2022

Photo: James Pecis, Thom Browne, Getty

The sculptured hair balls created by James Pecis for the Thom Browne Fall/Winter 2022 “Island of Misfit Toys” dual-gender  Runway Show inspired by “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” were different on each of the 24 adult models.  The Styrofoam balls were a similar shape to the knit hats worn by the other 24 or so models and were anchored to slicked back heads with bobby pins, some with high ponytails, some with low ones.  All were spectacular.  Have to love Thom Browne. He’s not afraid of interesting hair for his more than interesting fashions.

Hair: James Pecis/Bryant Artists using Randco …Products: R+Co Bleu Highest Volumizing Mousse, Vicious Strong Hold Flexible and Outer Space Hairsprays … Hair Extensions: Yaki … Makeup: Isamaya Ffrench/Streeters … Photos: Courtesy James Pecis, Thom Browne and Getty.