Betty Grable Curls Modernized – 2008

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Betty Grable Curls Modernized – 2008

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

A Betty Grable look was modernized by Karmela Lozina and the John Sahag Workshop Team for Kati Stern, the designer for Venexiana at her NY Fashion Week Fall 2008 show.    The hair was swept up into ponytails, hair extensions were pre-set in rollers, having been straightened, curled, spiraled. They were then pinned on the front of the head as barrel curls –  “like glamour meets rocky billy,” said Karmela.    For more from the show click here: 

Hair: Karmela Lozina and The John Sahag Workshop Team, 2008 using Linea Pro Irons … … Makeup: Lori Hamlin … Photo: © Helen Oppenheim



Chic Vampire – 1995

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Chic Vampire - 1995

Photo: © David Webber

This chic vampire look was presented at a Creative Evening in 1995 by John Sahag Art Director Mark Schwartz on Brigitte Callister, a colorist at the Workshop.

Beautifully crafted Styx, Mark had designed himself, were stuck into the head. Colorist Santino Acquista
elaborated: “We wanted a Morticia vampire look, a horror look with beauty, a feeling which is a definite fashion statement.” The creative evening ended at 3.30 am, for more on the amazing creativity that night, and the next night for assistants, which also ended at 3’ish, click here: 

Hair: Mark Schwartz, John Sahag Workshop … Color: Santino Acquista … Makeup: Linda Mason … Bustier: Brigitte Callister … Model: Brigitte Callister … Photo: David Webber.




Posted by on Mar 22, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo: © Eric Deniset, Paris

Photo: © Eric Deniset, Paris

First in a series featuring the talent in action working on the photos in the Archives.

1997.  John Sahag backstage preparing windswept hair at Issey Miyake’s show in Paris.  For more Windswept hair and Sahag on the hair for the show, a must-read, different under most photos,  click here

Hair: John Sahag, John Sahag Workshop, NYC … Photo: Eric Deniset, Paris


John Sahag Colorific Folklore Fantasy – 2002

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Photo: © Ruven Afanador for German Vogue

Photo: © Ruven Afanador for German Vogue

Provoked, from a 12 page spread of similar colorific Folklore Fantasies by John Sahag for German Vogue, December 2002.  To be provoked more by the legendary John Sahag, click here

Hair: John Sahag, John Sahag Workshop for German Vogue … Makeup: Ayako … Photo: © Ruven Afanador


John Sahag Sideburns – 1985

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 1 comment

John Sahag Sideburns - 1985

Photos: Bruno Juminer

This Collection, created for the John Sahag Workshop Launch in 1985,  was all about the sideburn – double and even triple sideburn effects.

“I find sideburns are a wonderful detail,” said the legendary hair icon, “they have their own charm and beauty to accentuate a cheekbone and define a look.”   This was the beginning of long hair coming back in fashion.  “People want to see a change and life is about change,” Sahag said, “feelings and sensitivity are always in motion, and so it should be with hair.”

There’s more sideburn styles, must-see amazing how-to’s and wonderful words  to read in this iconic album.  Go to HairThen, John Sahag, Press Photos on

Hair: John Sahag, John Sahag Workshop, NY … Makeup: Linda Mason … Model: Constance Chapman … Photo: Bruno Juminer.  Produced by Helen Oppenheim


John Sahag and his Beautiful Dolls – 1996

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

John Sahag and his Beautiful Dolls - 1996

Photos: David Webber

John Sahag’s hairstyles for the Issey Miyake 20″ dolls tressed and dressed for the Robert Tonner Doll Company’s fund-raising venture shows his amazing, highly original styling – “modern, young, playful, provocative, edgy with unique shapes, forms, textures, harmony and balance.”  Actress, Demi Moore, whose gamine he famously cut for the movie Ghost, bought one of them for amfAR.

It was 1996, and the hair was inspired by Issey Miyake’s fashions, which Sahag knew well from working many times with the great designer on his fashion shows in Paris, his ads and books.  For more Dolls, HairThen, John Sahag, Press Photos on

Hair: John Sahag, John Sahag Workshop … Makeup: Linda Mason … Photos: David Webber