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.
Blake Vulgamott, Photo Producer
For about a year, I had been dyeing my hair a white blonde. But a few months ago, I decided to give my hair a break and return back to my natural color. Still, I missed feeling like a 2006 socialite (bleached hair tends to do that to you). So when I had the opportunity to change up my look for the season, I jumped on it.
I headed to bumble and bumble salon, where they transformed my hair with both a stylized cut and color. Two and a half hours and one double process down, I walked out with a perfect Instagram-ready blonde—one that's not quite natural, and certainly not basic.
To keep my hair feeling soft post-bleach, I've been using bumble and bumble's hairdresser's invisible oil conditioner. I've also been styling my short hair with the brand's sumowax, which provides a strong hold (so I don't have to worry about my hair shifting throughout the day), and adds definition and texture.