Kiss Curls Movements on Forehead – 2023

Posted by on Aug 29, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Kiss Curls Movements on Forehead – 2023

Photos: Harunobumurata with thanks Rakuten Fashion Week. Collage:

Better than a bare forehead and a boring safe no-no hairstyle, these kiss curls and hair movements by Takayuki Shibata make a pretty fashion statement as seen at the Harunobumurata Fall Winter 2023 runway show during Rakuten Fashion Week in Tokyo.  Stay tuned for Spring Summer 2024 from Rakuten.

Hair: Takayuki Shibata … Makeup: Shino Aruzumi   … Photos: Harunobumurata with thanks Rakuten Fashion Week


Art Deco Eton Crop Flirty Kiss Curls – 1974

Posted by on Apr 25, 2022 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Art Deco Eton Crop Flirty Kiss Curls – 1974

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre

These two photos are now hair history, from the famous La Coupe’s Art Deco Collection.  With hair by Kim Lepine, they feature an Eton Crop, a flirty kiss curl, a forehead bandeau a la 20s and, with the other inspirational Art Deco photos in the Collection, put La Coupe on the world map.  The model was Bijette who just friended me on Facebook. In 2022.  Considering I haven’t seen her since 1974, this is pretty amazing.  Here, Bijette these photos are for you.   To see more of the iconic Art Deco Collection, CLICK HERE

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, Montreal/New York, 1974 … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado … Deco Dress: Anne Klein … Long Black Kid Gloves: Iona Monohan Collection … Model: Bijette … Deco Mirror Art: Erik Neil Weiss for La Coupe … Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre. … Concept/Fashion Styling/Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Kim’s Kiss Curls – 1975

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Kim's Kiss Curls - 1975

Photo: Marc Daniels

Now that Kendall Jenner wore a kiss curl on her forehead for the Met Gala in 2019, maybe more hairdressers will kiss curl to make a simple chignon that little bit more exciting … Reposted.  Kiss Curls from 1975:    Kiss curls can make almost any classic hairstyle more stylish and flirty.  Anyone can make kiss curls themselves, according to Kim Leplne, but she admitted the unforgivable makes for a better kiss curl -cutting a few tiny hairs!   “They really look chic-er shorter and it is important to remember less is best,” advised Kim, who suggested bringing a few hairs forward on the forehead, on the cheek, wherever. Photo left was published in UK Vogue, March 1975. More Kiss curls and how to do them on HairThen, La Coupe, 70s, MishMash.

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, Montreal … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado … Model: Sylvie Desbois … Photo: Marc Daniels … Produced/Fashion Styling by Helen Oppenheim

(Sylvie Desbois, the model above,  is a friend on my Facebook.    Yes, we are still in touch from way back then. And she’s as lovely today as she was then.) 


Kiss Curls – 1975

Posted by on Feb 7, 2019 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Kiss Curls - 1975

Photos: Marc Daniels

One kiss curl to one side of a mid-parted chignon, the other on the cheek or two on one side of the forehead, here with a side-braided chignon. What a good idea for a NY Fashion Week show.  Something simple and better than a chignon with a bare forehead, as seen over and over. The photo on the right made UK Vogue, March 1975. For more versions, CLICK HERE

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, Montreal/New York, 1975 … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado … Model: Sylvie Desbois … Photos: Marc Daniels
Produced/Fashion Styling by Helen Oppenheim


Kiss Curl Extravanganzas – 1990s/1966

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Kiss Curl Extravanganzas - 1990s/1966

Photo Left: Gary Lyons … Right: Archivo Llongueras

Hair history is here with these Kiss Curl extravaganzas. And what fun they both are. On the left, the hair was by Jeanne Braa for Paul Mitchelll, as in one of my Peluquerias columns, early 90s. On the right, the supermodel icon Veruschka with kiss curls created in 1966 by Lluis Llongueras, as in his book “Ellas” published in Barcelona, 2015.

Hair Left; Jeanne Braa, Paul Mitchell, 90s … Photo: Gary Lyons
Hair Right: Lluis Longueras, Llongueras, Barcelona … Archivo Llongueras


FKA Twigs/Forehead Hair Action– 2012-14

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

FKA Twigs/Forehead Hair Action– 20012-2014

FKA Twigs Collage by

I love, love, love all the forehead action and kiss curls on FKA Twigs (née Tahliah Barnett) who is an English multi-talented musical phenom – a singer-songwriter, dancer, producer, director and star performer (with band) of music albums and videos.

Born of a Spanish Mother and a Jamaican Father,Twigs is about to start a World Tour in England on October 2, ending in Florida on December 3, 2014. Check her Facebook page ( for a full listing of her Concerts in countries, towns and cities, which include Paris and all over Europe, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and more. You can also download her music on her Facebook page and/or see it on her YouTube Channel. The music has been described as “ethereal, twisted R&B” (The Guardian UK) and her first full Album LPI got her half a page in The New York Times, where I fell in love with her hair, which rocks and pops with some Frida Kahlo influences, and plenty to inspire the hair world. I don’t know who did her hair, have asked around, not found out yet, will post if/when I find out. Along with any credits for the photos, which include:

Matthew Stone for I.D, Magazine (Top Left) … Dominick Sheldon for The New York Times( Bottom Right) … Dazed and Confused (Bottom Left + Center)… (Top Center)


Kiss Curls Drawn On , Oribe – 1997

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

Now this is an original idea.  By the great  one and only Oribe.  For Manolo’s NY Fashion Week show in 1997, Oribe working with Fulvia the makeup artist, created kiss curls in his own original way, drawn on. A beaded sculpture decorated the back of the head. This is just one of many original ideas Oribe created for  the show, which was  was held at Oribe’s Fifth Avenue Salon, with plenty of Gold Chairs,  and I remember Veruschka was present amongst other luminaries.  Time for more interesting ideas like this during NY Fashion Weeks.  Please!

Hair: Oribe, Oribe Salon, New York, 1997 … Makeup: Fulvia … Photo: Helen Oppenheim