Hair Legend Lluis Llongueras Dies – 2023

Posted by on May 30, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Hair Legend Lluis Llongueras Dies – 2023

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The legendary Lluis Llongueras passed away in Barcelona on May 29, 2023 after a long illness.   He was 87 years old.  Condolences to his family for the loss of a very special man.  So many memories.

The Catalan phenomenon was the most famous hairdresser ever in Spain, building an empire with so many salons and centers bearing his name, the numbers vary from 50  salons in Spain, to 70, and 120 salons and centers world wide.

He Founded and was Director of the monthly Peluquerias Magazine from 1969 to 2022.  I was US Correspondent for the hair art magazine like no other in the whole world from 1982 to 2022.  At various times, the magazine with my columns and those of Correspondents in Paris, London, Italy, Australia,  was published in Argentina, Russia, Ukraine, China, South Korea and I was translated in each language.

Not only was he a pioneering hairdresser, often avant-garde and trend-setting, an inspiration to hairdressers all over the world, he was also an entrepreneur, a sculptor, photographer, painter, poet, and author – with an impressive number of exhibitions and books for each talent.

Salvador Dali was his client for 30 years, and Llongueras knew how to make that mustache stand up.  In 1979, he did the Guinness wig in the Mae West hall at Dali’s Museum in Figuras and when Dali died, he published a book – “My particular Dali – an homage to a genius and friend.  For some great stories and photos on Llongueras and Dali – CLICK HERE

He always made me laugh.  Witness photos in this memoriam  homage collage of me with him in London, Miami, New York and photos I took of him in his Barcelona studio  with his sculptures.


Dali’s Mustache Stands PassageTime–1960s/2017

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Salvador Dali's Famous Moustache – 1960s

Photo: Archivo Llongueras

Salvador Dali, the eccentric revolutionary surrealist painter and his famous mustache made news.  Lluis Llongueras, did his hair for 30 years (from 1961-1987) and in the Llongueras Book, “Mi Dali Particular (“My Very Own Dali”)  Llongueras says he also did his famous mustache and advised Dali “to stiffen it with a juice of dates and sugar to keep it upright.” The mustache has stood the test of time.  When Dali’s remains were exhumed in 2017, for a paternity case, the forensic’s experts were startled to find the mustache was still intact.  For more on the 2017 discovery, CLICK HERE  For more on Llongueras, Dali and an anecdote, click:

Hair: Lluis Llongueras, Llongueras, Barcelona …  Photo: © Archive Llongueras


80th Birthday Lluis Llongueras – 2016

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

 80th Birthday Lluis Llongueras – 2016

Archivo Llongueras

May 24th is the 80th birthday of the one and only Lluis Llongueras. Happy Birthday, Lluis. The hair legend is celebrating, also with an exhibition opening of his bronze sculptures in Barcelona.  Yes, award-winning hair icon, Lluis Llongueras, owner of 20 salons plus schools in Spain and many more in Europe,  South America, Japan is also a sculptor, a painter, a photographer, an author of many coffee table and other books showcasing his many and varied talents. Which include having done the hair of Salvador Dali – and his famous mustache – for 30 years.   He also worked with the eccentric surrealist on the famous Salvador Dali Mae West room at the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain. Of course, he did Gala’s hair, and so many famous superstars, supermodels, Royalty, and other big names it boggles the mind. He is the Founder and Director of Peluquerias Magazine, and such a huge name in the hair world I am not doing all his achievements justice.   Here you can see Lluis Llongueras top left, his hair on a Peluquerias cover … a photo of the famous supermodel Veruschka in 1966 (from his latest book. “Ellas”) … with his long-time client Salvador Dali … the Dali mustache … his Mae West … with a Llongueras sculpture, which I photographed at his studio in 2001 … another Llongueras scultpure …  Reina Dona Leitizia, the Queen of Spain. To see more of Llongueras and Dali, worth a click HERE  and to see a video CLICK HERE

Photo Peluquerias: David Arnal … Veruschka, 1966 … Dali : Archivo Llongueras … With Sculpture: Helen Oppenheim … The Queen from his book “Ellas” Published 2015.