If you've ever seen Clueless, Mean Girls, Jawbreaker, or just about any other classic teen movie, you're familiar with the transformative power of a drastic makeover. And after spending months indoors and hiding under parkas, beanies, and blankets, it seems as if there's nothing like one to renew our spirit and get us excited for the warm months ahead. Since taking our trusty old shorts and tank tops out of storage already makes it feel like we have an entirely new wardrobe at our disposal, we're huge proponents of the hair makeover as the means to a fresh start.
Last year, we opted for cropped cuts, colorful tresses, and a whole lot of bleach. This time around, we decided to rethink our approach, and really evaluate the health of our hair. Whether it meant opting for more natural shades, choosing more low-maintenance options, or trying some new reparative treatments, we got some of the freshest cuts and colors of the season. That didn't mean that we totally laid off the bleach, though. After all, habits are hard to break (especially when they look really, really good).
Flip through four of our favorite makeovers below, complete with maintenance tips, and all of the information you'd need if you so choose to replicate them yourself.
Tina Vaden, Video Editor
A few years ago, I was acting as a hair model when a stylist "felt inspired" and deviated from our agreed cut. By the time I left the salon, I had lost a fair amount of my hair. Needless to say, I've been pretty hesitant to do anything drastic since, and until lately, I had been left with what can only properly be described as a shapeless blob of monochrome curls atop my head. So moving into spring, I decided to take control of my personal style once again and make some changes, in the form of a color and cut at Rita Hazan.
I originally walked into the salon with the idea of getting a reddish gloss, but my colorist Adrian Wallace suggested I go with more natural browns, as it would be simple to maintain and complement my skin tone. He added texture and depth by lightening the overall color of my hair, and adding caramel highlights and an ombre to the top and lower layers of my hair. He was able to lift the color without bleaching, which kept my hair's natural texture intact. I’m so glad I trusted his guidance because I couldn’t be more thrilled with the result.
Cristina Bosque, the stylist who created my new cut, used a photo I brought for guidance, and was really considerate of my facial and curl shape. I had a lot of dead weight and was afraid I’d lose inches, but she was able to save my length and add volume by cutting in more layers, and really worked with the color.
I’ve been using Deva Curl’s The Kit for All Curlkind to maintain the moisture and shape of my curls, and Pravana’s ChromaSilk Vivids color protecting shampoo and conditioner to keep the color going strong. With beanie season finally ending it’s exciting to have my hair game back on point.