Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 8 comments

The P-P-Puff, Vidal Sassoon - 1981

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

This is the short version of Vidal Sassoon’s P-P-Puff, by Graham Wren in 1981.  The silhouette was injected with a healthy dose of fresh … air.  The natural-looking, casual silhouette was very new at the time, not just for Vidal Sassoon but for the world.

One could go from rags to riches to get this look if the hair was not naturally curly, or one could get a perm.  Our model, Kay Romero, wife of the then-President of Vidal Sassoon Salons, USA, Fernando Romero, had her hair set in gold lamé Rags which looked more glam than rollers, and she could have gone out on the town wearing them!  For longer versions  and how-to’s, go to  HairThen, Vidal Sassoon, The P-P-Puff on

Hair: Graham Wren, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1981 …Makeup: Mariella Smith-Masters … Dress: Ellen Gleason … Earrings: Ken Begun … Model: Kay Romero … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre … Produced by Helen Oppenheim



  1. Jan 21, 2014

    Diana I will pass on your lovely Comment to Graham.

  2. Jan 21, 2014

    I had my first Vidal Sassoon cut in 1970. What an amazing experience and what an amazing cut for my wayward wavy hair. Love the Graham Wren’s PP Puff styling above and love the edgy styles. Can’t wait to visit NY for my birthday cut!

  3. Sep 1, 2013

    It’s been more than 30 years since Graham Wren cut my hair. But I never forgot him. In addition to being a master cutter, he changed my life by freeing me from the dreadful blow dryer. When I told Graham that I didn’t want to blow dry my hair anymore his reply was “When I’m done with you, you won’t have to”. Was he right. After all these years, I went to the Internet and Googled Graham Wren Vidal Sassoon, where I found Helen’s website and posted about my experience with Graham, never thinking that it would go anywhere. Helen, thank you from the bottom of my heart for reconnecting me with this uber talented man. The idea that I might see him again after all these years for another haircut has me excited beyond belief! Sometimes wishes do come true!

  4. Sep 1, 2013

    Rosemary: I contacted Graham Wren for you. Here’s his response:
    ” Hi Helen Well thank you for that, how cute that she remembered me singing to her,
    I used to sing that to a lot of clients at the end of their haircut, just a little levity of course .
    Maybe you could give her my email. Thanks again Love Graham x “

  5. Aug 31, 2013

    I will find out for you, Rosemary, and let him know. Loved to have heard him sing to you!

  6. Aug 31, 2013

    Graham was amazing. I have thick curly hair and he got me to ditch my blow dryer forever. Once he sang “A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody” to me with that lovely British accent. Wondering if he’s retired, I would love for him to cut my hair again.

  7. Jul 30, 2013

    Thank you, Lori, for once again recognizing good work! This was very new then. Have other versions in album on website.

  8. Jul 29, 2013

    Perfection, Utterly Perfection. love The PPPuff from Sassoon.So versatile.

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