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.
Julie Humeas, Associate Publisher
I've been red, green, blue, blonde, pink, and now purple. But thanks to Jeanise Aviles at West Village boutique salon Seagull, I didn't just get one shade—I got the most magical violet variation imaginable. (I should probably preface this by saying that Aviles, who herself rocks a hair color similar to perfectly faded denim, is not simply a stylist or colorist; she is a visionary. She sees your personality—even through your head-to-toe black ensemble—and matches your hair accordingly.)
After a consultation, wherein we agreed to go for purple and lavender shades, Aviles bleached my hair twice to get a perfect, pure platinum base. In the past, every colorist I've asked to bleach my hair has told me that the damage would be too extensive to keep my long hair, which I've spent years growing out. But thanks to new products like Olaplex, which repairs broken disulfite bonds in hair, my locks are still healthy. To remove the remaining yellow, she added a cooling toner. At that point, I looked like Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones. It was awesome.
She then mixed several shades of purple—some with more hints of blue, some truer purples, and some in-betweens—and painted on the shades using foils. After all the foils were applied, she painted the rest of my hair with a light lavender. It took about 20 minutes for the color to set, and once it was rinsed and blow-dried, I was left with platinum roots and an alluring shade of purple. Within minutes of leaving the salon, strangers stopped me on the street to compliment my hair.
To maintain a non-traditional color, I have been washing my hair less and using a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. (And, yes, dry shampoo is my new best friend.)