October 23, 2010 11:31:00 PM
To layer or not to layer, that is the question -- with apologies to Shakespeare! Ladies layer everything nowadays. It begins with cosmetics: makeup primer first, moisturizer second, then finally the foundation and maybe a concealer before the color even begins.
Of course, clothing also invites layering, with a shell underneath, a cardigan accented with a scarf and maybe a trendy belt. Shall we top it off with a statement necklace and a few bracelets? When it comes to layering, women do it best, sometimes on their own, sometimes cueing off makeup artists and fashion stylists who are "in the know" about these things.
But it''s a different kind of layer that hair stylists are all abuzz over this season. Women are bidding farewell to symmetry, opting for the current must-have for adding instant modernity to any blah one-length style -- layers done correctly. It''s not a shag, which we all remember from the Morgan Fairchild era and much later Jennifer Aniston''s "Rachel." It''s brand new. The Meg Ryan of the ''90s with obvious choppy layers is another look we are not seeing any longer.
The layered trend of the moment is meticulously engineered by the most artistic hands to add freedom to bobs and to explode fine, limp locks into more liberated movement. It sounds complicated, but the ingenuity is in the simplicity. The hair is chiseled into, carved out of and throughout, to create visual interest from within -- hidden layers, if you will, that are as unique as the person who wears them. Heidi Klum has perfected the look on this season''s Project Runway, and models on the runways of Mercedes Benz fashion week this season wore the new layers with attitude.
Because of the personalized approach to an old classic, I call them "signature layers." A thick head of straight hair or a naturally curly mane can warm up to a hot new vibe. Ladies, it''s all about customized, personalized layering just in time for the holidays ... beautiful with all the trimmings.
Former Columbus resident David Creel owns Beautiful With David salon in Jackson and has 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.