Ready for a change, three women raised their hands for major hair makeovers. Thanks to the super-talented pros at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in NYC, each walked away feeling refreshed and renewed -- and, of course, looking gorgeous.
By Dori Katz
Joanna had always dreamed of being a redhead but was never ready to commit—until now. Unsure of the right crimson tone, she put her hair in colorist Ashley Ferrett's hands and happily said bye-bye to blond.
Ferrett chose a vibrant coppery color to match Joanna's skin tone. After evening out Joanna's blond highlights with a golden hue, Ferrett applied a single-process color. A deep conditioner for added shine was the finishing step.
Best for fair to medium complexions with yellow undertones. Women with darker skin should opt for auburn or burgundy shades. Light eyes—especially green—pop against a bold hair color like this one.
What to ask for: Copper and warm golden-red shades. If you have a significant amount of gray or are going much lighter than your current color, you will need a permanent formula. Otherwise, demi-permanent will do the trick. And don't forget your brows. Either have your colorist tweak their color, or fill in with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21, for a natural look.
Hair helpers: Nexxus Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo, $12, won't strip color and helps reduce breakage. A weekly treatment, such as John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss, $13, keeps your shade from fading—especially important for redheads, who lose pigment the fastest.
Amanda has worn the same sleek, long hairstyle since she was a teenager. While she wasn't ready to go super short, she was eager to swap her trademark look for a new, shoulder-grazing style that's versatile and fresh.
Hairstylist Joseph Miano lightened up Amanda's heavy locks by snipping off 6 inches. He kept her hair slightly longer in the front, but with some shorter sections to frame her face and add bounce and movement.
Best for any face shape and hair type. If your strands are very textured or curly, additional layers throughout will keep your hair from growing out into a triangular shape.
What to ask for: An asymmetrical long bob with face-framing angles. It's easier—and more precise—to cut on dry hair. If you plan to mostly wear your hair wavy, make sure your stylist cuts it while it's wavy. The same applies to those who prefer it straight.
Hair helpers: Spray on a little dry shampoo to create texture and movement. Pantene Nature Fusion Original Fresh Dry Shampoo, $5, has a light, pleasant scent. Finish the look with a tiny drop of Biolage Pliable Paste Matte Texturizer, $16. Flip head over and scrunch fingers through ends to separate strands for a fuller effect.
Genevieve was bored with her simple (and now grown-out) bob and wanted to make it edgier. She thought blunt bangs would be fun and youthful—and she was right.
Miano cut full-frontal bangs using a razor—the slightly uneven edges soften the look. He kept the sides slightly longer to frame Genevieve's eyes.
Best for a long or oval face and soft features with "in-between" hair textures. Both super fine and coarse would be hard to style and maintain.
What to ask for: Tapered bangs that are slightly longer on the sides. Keep in mind that this style requires a monthly trim.
Hair helpers: Size matters when it comes to your brush. Look for a 1-inch round version to create the perfect shape, like the Revlon Perfect Style Round Brush, $10. A spritz of Herbal Essences Naked Volume Flexible Hold Spritzer, $5, prevents flyaways and keeps strands in place.