Being beautiful: The bang heard 'round the world

January 26, 2013 9:30:24 PM

David Creel -


Back when I was barely big enough to reach Mama's ceramic mushroom cookie jar, and only then by standing on the tips of my toes, I sported the most hideous bangs known to man. No chocolate chip cookie could ease that kind of pain. 


It seemed my aunt, the kitchen beautician, might have been good at many things, but cutting bangs straight was not one of them. If you need proof, I can supply numerous candid shots from childhood as well as a few portrait packages from the local Sears department store in eight-by-ten, five-by-seven, and wallet sizes. 


Well, I survived the dreadful bangs, and all is forgiven. Fast forward 35 years, and here we are discussing bangs again, only this time for a good reason. Spanning the decades, we have had many hair moments that caused jaws to drop. Farrah Fawcett's feathered bangs defined a generation. Jennifer Aniston's "Rachel" shag took on a life of its own, and who can forget when Demi Moore stole our hearts with her short, boy crop in "Ghost"?  


While some folks focused on politics related to the recent presidential inauguration, I was engrossed by something much more important -- Michelle Obama's bangs.  


I love our country. I dare say only in America can a hairstyle steal the president's thunder! I applaud our first lady who radiates confidence with every turn -- wife, mother, and now we can add trendsetter to the list of titles. Only a few hours after showing up on the arm of our president with those new bangs, social media such as Twitter and Facebook made it the most talked about current event. Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and even Anderson Cooper helped spread the news of Mrs. Obama's stylish triumph. 


I salute her bangs, which are dramatic and eyebrow-flirting. All facial shapes can wear the fresh, modern bangs which are a lot like our first lady: precise and unforgettable. For those who are faint of heart, try one of the new clip-on bang accessories to flip the switch on your style without the chop.  


Regardless of your political affiliation, everyone can stand united by the simple fact that 2013 is starting off, well, with a bang. I reckon my aunt must be pleased.

Former Columbus resident David Creel owns Beautiful With David salon in Jackson and has 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Contact him at [email protected]