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Dear Stylists, Do Something New. Something Original. Let Art Inspire You!


By Helen Oppenheim via http://www.modernsalon.com

I have always been into art. The movies. Events. And whatever is happening in the world. These have inspired the hair and photos in my collections. I always liked to work with a concept and a narrative for the collections I art directed. Not just a collection of photos hardly speaking to each other!

This worked with full pages in magazines all over the world. Sixteen here, twenty-three there. Four or five often. Full pages that is. How? Why? Well, the collections were very strong visually. Not just for the hair, which was always researched before the studio, but also for the photos, which were planned like a movie. Then, all the hairdressers I liked to work with always tried to innovate, even if a small detail, not copy what others have done over and over. It is easier to do a load of what I call nothing. But so very much better to do something …more. And to be original.

All hairdressers, especially colorists, should know their art. If you do not, you will never truly be world-class. Cubism and Surrealism inspired me at Vidal Sassoon, Art Deco and Magritte at La Coupe, Check the website. I’d take an exhibition, an art movement, and then work with the hairdressers to modernize the look but keep to the theme. Why don’t you try it for your next collection?

Here’s one idea. Be inspired by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. La Belle Époque. Art Nouveau. A beautiful era which started in Fance and Belgium around 1871 and ended in 1914.

The pre-eminent artist of Belle Époque Paris was Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) and he could inspire a Belle Époque /Art Nouveau trend with his exhibition at MoMA Museum, NYC, from July 26, 2014-March 1, 2015.


Featured, his famous prints and plenty to inspire all in the fashion and hair worlds. There’s 19th century Parisian life – the social salons, the culture of gastronomy (think Maxim’s), ice-skating, horse racing at Longchamps and, of course, the dance halls, the Can-Can, Moulin Rouge, the brothels and prostitutes – all could inspire you. As could Lautrec’s muses, Yvette Guilbert, La Goulou, Loie Fuller, Jane Avril and everything Époque and Art Nouveau. Lautrec hair was often in bright orange or red or yellow, the styles fitting in with today’s casual looks, one of which could be Gibson girl hairstyles of the era, then you can go to Edwardian looks.

Click the photos here and see some of Lautrec’s work at MoMA, also Art Nouveau hair ideas, blouses, shoes, graphic letters and two photos kind of Belle Époque I selected from my website, www.helenoppenheim.com Check under each photo for more information, some links to the website and some books on the subject.


Hairdresser Triumphs Over Tragedy to Inspire Others

Hairdresser Megan Reynolds was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident in 2010 while on the way to a University of Michigan football game. Today, she is the local marketing manager for a Sport Clips Haircuts in Granville, Michigan. Her story is one of triumph over tragedy and she is an inspiration to anyone fortunate enough to know her.

“I started working at Sport Clips in 2008 as stylist and moved up to manager,” said Reynolds. After the accident, she was in a coma and her initial prognosis included severe head injury, bleeding on the brain, burns and back fractures. She was in the Intensive Care Unit for a month and then spent the next 10 months between hospitals and inpatient facilities. Once released from the hospital, she was in outpatient therapy five days a week. Since the accident, her employer, Stacey Patulski, local Sport Clips Haircuts franchisee, has worked with her to create an opportunity that fits her adapted skills.

“It has been a real journey back. When something this tragic happens to you, it becomes hard to see myself as I used to be, as beautiful on the outside and the inside,” says Reynolds. “I started again at Sport Clips almost a year ago and everyone has been so helpful and accommodating. It means so much to me to be contributing and to feel needed.”

Her injuries mean she has no feeling in her right hand or arm so she was not able to continue cutting hair but Reynolds has returned as a Sport Clips marketing manager.


Megan (in the middle) promoting her location with Sport Clips team mates

“From working as a stylist in the store you get an idea of what marketing makes sense. This year, I have become part of our local Chamber of Commerce and I have joined forces and created marketing relationships with sports bars and with Cabelas, which sells outdoor gear for hunting and fishing. We have done events together.”

Her commitment to her store and to Sport Clips equals her determination that being in a wheelchair should not define who she is as a person.

“People stare because I’m in a wheelchair but I want to be viewed as a person who happens to be sitting in a wheelchair and not let the wheelchair designate or take over who I am. Everyone looks at you and they say, I’m sure you’ll get better, and my answer is I am better, I am ok and this is the new me. My long term goal is continued recovery and, God-willing, I’m going to move forward with my life.”

She attended the Sport Clips National Huddle Convention with a boost from Sport Clips CEO Gordon Logan who funded the trip. “He also paid the way for my sister to accompany me as my nurse because this was my first trip in a wheelchair. He came up and gave me a hug and said thank you so much for coming and for me it was a huge morale booster.”

And in an industry focused on beauty, Megan Reynolds is a reminder to look beyond the outside into the inner beauty.

“Nobody is perfect and you just need to be yourself. Everyone has flaws. I try to see through the superficial and move into the goal and move into the future. One of my goals is expressed in this quote, which I love, ‘Live with a smile on your face, hope in your heart and faith in your mind.’ I try to wake up with a smile on my face and keep on going.”