Virtually mistake-proofA change of hairstyle can mean...

Style File

November 23, 1997|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Sun Fashion Editor

Virtually mistake-proof

A change of hairstyle can mean expense, hair anxiety and a risk of looking goofy until regrowth occurs. But now the computer age has addressed these problems with the Cosmopolitan Virtual Makeover. It's a SegaSoft CD-ROM that allows women to see themselves in hundreds of different styles and colors without touching a follicle on their heads.

Working with her own photograph, a woman can screen hairstyles, colors, highlights, eyebrow shapes and makeup tints on her home computer. She can see herself as a Cosmo cover girl with big hair or as a punkette.

Users can have their own photos loaded onto a disk or CD-ROM through their local film developer. The makeover package comes with a Kodak mailer coupon good for a free picture disk.

There's a program for guys, too, that includes assorted styles of facial hair. As toys go, this would be a fun gift for hair-obsessed pre-teens to liven up a pajama party.

The makeover package is available at Electronics Boutique stores at $39.99.

The big bang theory

Fashions in hair follow trend curves. Each season, when designers present their collections on the runways, they hire high-powered stylists to create do's that are consistent with the look of the moment.

On the runways of the fall collections bangs and bobs were everywhere. The straight-across Buster Brown style was sported supermodels and fashionable aspirants, and the winter magazines are full of them. Bangs seem to be compatible with the revival of today's power suit -- strong, yet feminine.

Next spring it will be a different hair story. There's a definite romantic movement to flowy draperies and fluttery skirts at the design houses, and bangs just won't cut it. Stylists are heading for an undone look, hair pulled back softly into a loose chignons or ponytails. It seems that overworked spikes, frizz and color are over.

Pub Date: 11/23/97

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