There’s elegance in discretion, which may be part of what makes Helen Lasichanh, wife of singer/producer Pharrell Williams, so intriguing. Little is known of the rising style star, not even the correct pronunciation of her last name, but we do know that she’s one to look out for on red carpets. Her sartorial choices kind of mirror her approach to fame: she’s discrete—usually covered up, showing very little skin. She opts for comfort, often pairing sneakers with dresses or ditching dresses altogether for sleek pant suits. However, she’s not afraid to have fun with her look, which is very apparent when it comes to her hair. In the two years since the press began to notice her, we’ve seen her play with length, texture and color. Here’s Helen’s Hair Story.
the blond mystery woman
The media seems to have first taken notice of Lasichanh in July 2012 when Pharrell attended the CFDA awards in New York with a blond “mystery woman.” Although the press was just getting wind of the stylish woman at Pharrell’s side, at the time the two had already been raising a four-year old son, Rocket Ayers Williams. The couple appeared in coordinating outfits at the CFDA awards, as they often do, looking smart and neutral in all black and white, although Lasichanh’s blunt blond cut with dark roots added a bit of color to her look. She’d wear this bone straight hair style through the rest of 2012, making quite a few red carpet appearances that year, most notably at the Grammy’s.
pink & bling
Although her sharply cut shoulder-length style was her hair look du jour for a good part of 2012, Lasichanh switched things up briefly going through a petite pink period with one side of her still blond tresses ombréd hot pink, while the other side was dipped in black. She and Pharrell attended the Dark Knight Rises premiere that July dressed down, looking like a couple of skater kids, while everyone else glammed up. Lasichanh did, however, add a little glitter to her look with a big shiny engagement ring.
new year new ‘do
2013 brought in a drastic hair change for the lovely and elusive Helen, who some speculate to be of Ethiopian ethnicity. The model/designer (whose résumé, like much else about her, remains a mystery) attended the Metropolitan Museum Costume Gala in a dark blue slinky onesie and and an ultra cropped cut. She’d keep the bright blond color for a while, dressing it up and down but would gradually transition to brown, playing with highlights and her natural curls along the way.
By the time the sartorial soulmates said “I do” on a yacht in Miami among family, friends and fellow celebs in October 2013, there was no trace of blond left in Helen’s tresses and gentle curls crowned her head. Again the two coordinated their ensemble, both donning tartan—Pharrell in red and Helen in blue. Miami seemed a fitting place for the ceremony since the two are said to have met there and Helen has some roots in the sunny city (she attended high school and then St. Thomas University in Miami, where she was on the school’s volleyball team). Pharrell had spent two and a half years in the friend zone before officially entering into a relationship with Lasichanh, which may have set the perfect foundation for their union as he’s known to call Helen his bestie.
2014 seems to be about length for Lasichanh’s hair (while it was about shorts for Pharell). Still sporting a darker color, she attended the Oscars this year with a… let’s call it a long-ish bowl cut, bangs perfectly placed just at her brow.
Throughout the year, however, as her hair has grown, her bangs have been pushed out of the way into a swoop and then into a full on side-part. She was most recently seen in Manchester in a laid back travel look with her shoulder-length locks speckled lightly with a bit of the blond we first came to know her for.
Will we learn more about the elusive Lasichanh? Only time will tell. For now we’re happy with letting her style choices speak for themselves.