I am into Ideas, Inspiration, Information. As you may know. I have found out there are many different types of hairdressers, and, eventually I hope to speak to you all. I have worked with most over my career. And know many want, well, more of more. Do you?
The opportunities are out there for all of you but I have come to know that not every hairdresser can be good at everything, although they may think they can (!)
There's the hairdresser who likes to only work on clients in a salon. The hairdresser who does not like to work in a salon at all. This hairdresser can work for a smart salon, for a hair product company, or as a freelancer who likes to style hair in a photo studio, hopefully for editorials. And high paying ads. Then, there is the hairdresser, not always but often the same, who likes to design hair for fashion shows. And, there is the hairdresser's hairdresser who likes to cut or style hair on-stage at hair shows. Mostly cut hair!
Basically, the above hairdressers work in two different worlds. Sometimes these worlds cross and blur but, with a very few exceptions, editorial/fashion show/red carpet hairdressers don't do well on the hair stage or talking to other hairdressers at seminars. And the hair world hairdresser doesn't get to do editorials for major magazines or ads, or get to do their thing as Lead Hairdresser at top fashion shows, however big they are in the hair world.
Photo exposure and PR are important keys to success whichever world you are in. More than many realize. One thing too many in the hair world forget, is the model's face. I can't begin to tell you how many great hairstyles and photos do not get published by me because the face is not photographic or the eyes are dead. In the editorial and fashion show worlds, they often do totally boring styles. Like ponytails! My pet peeve. Same goes for red carpet hair. One has to go the extra mile to do anything worth while. Some do. Too many find it easier do more of the same, in all hair worlds!
You should know your hair history to be able to create something new and exciting that will work on many. It's time for some changes. Especially for everyday hair.
Check out some hair history, find ideas and inspiration on my website www.helenoppenheim.com - start by going to HairThen and WorldGreats on the menu, many styles, even from way back then, are still relevant today.
ABOUT HELEN OPPENHEIM
Helen Oppenheim, hair guru, has been Creative/PR Director for Vidal Sassoon US/Canadian Salons (1979-1981) and for La Coupe Salons (on and off for 14 trend-setting years like no other) …"Ambassadress" for John Sahag and his Workshop for a total of 4 years … She has been US Correspondent for Spain's Peluquerias Magazine for decades, and freelanced for many of the world's hair magazines, including Modern Salon … She photographs backstage at NY Fashion Weeks. Check her website for more, much more.