If you have ever had long hair or haven‘t changed your hairstyle in a hot minute, you might agree that it can become a security blanket, so it‘s often very hard to make that step and spice up things a bit. On the other hand, once you do it, it can be an immediate confidence boost. It‘s probably the main reason why people tend to experiment with their hair after major life changes.

Changing your hairstyle can elevate your looks to another level, but it has to be done by a professional hand—otherwise, it might go really wrong. Just think of all the quarantine hair fails we've seen or even experienced in the past few months of insanity. If you missed them, check out some of the most ridiculous and hilarious fails here and here. A carefully chosen hairstyle and color can complement your skin tone, face shape, and highlight your best features. The artists you‘ll see here definitely know what they are doing.

Scroll down to see some of the best transformations by the world‘s most talented hairstylists. Some of the before-and-afters might blow your mind―it’s amazing how a proper hairstyle can completely change the way a person looks! And feel free to take one look as inspiration next time you go to a salon!

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Katherine Boag
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8 months ago

Also makeup and a smile :) and a better angle on her face to catch the light

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Also makeup, and adjusting the shirt to show more skin.

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These amazing transformations are brought to you by #ONESHOT Hair Awards held by Behind The Chair―the largest community in the world for salon professionals to explore education possibilities and draw inspiration. The annual contest has received over 1,000,000 entries in different categories in only 5 years. There are two overall categories hairstylists can submit to: “Big Shot“ for pictures shot in a professional studio setting and “Hot Shot,” which celebrates real and raw hairstyles done behind the chair. To bring it down to Earth, in this post, we have compiled a list of raw before and after pics of contest winners and finalists across the years. These transformations show the hottest hairstyles and color trends that hairstylists masterfully transfer to clients' hair.

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Katherine Boag
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8 months ago

Also makeup, lighting, spray tan, different pose to accentuate cleavage...

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Also a smile, lippy, decent lighting...

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Most of us dream of that perfect hairstyle that will turn heads, and it shows. The competition has 118k followers on Instagram while Behind The Chair has 1.7M. Though not everyone is brave enough to rock edgy haircuts and vibrant colors, these accounts throw out so much content every day that anyone can find something they fancy and would find suitable for day-to-day life. Or maybe even inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and try something out of the box? Anyway, if we can take one lesson from the #ONESHOT awards, it would definitely be to put down the kitchen scissors when you are tempted to chop off your heavy locks and look for a professional who will take good care of you.

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Also makeup, lighting, a smile, can see more of her face...

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Lorelai Kelly
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8 months ago

Not often you see a guy here,he's rocking it though

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A new hairstyle is not only about aesthetics, it’s usually way beyond that―a way of finding self-love and needed confidence. Experimenting with your hair can help you express yourself and it can actually be a lot of fun. But the most important part―it grows back! This is why we love sharing inspiring before and after photos of hair transformations. Find more posts with epic hair makeovers you should look at here, here, here, and here.

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Aunt Messy
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8 months ago

That looks really smart. This is proving over and over that long stringy straight hair looks good on NO ONE.

Katrin P.
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8 months ago

That hair was long, but not stringy. And I love my long hair. I had it at chin length and it was a nightmare for me, always too hot, always in need of styling. Nah, never again.

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Gipsy Kings fan
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8 months ago

Great move to cut off the too-long bleached hair. New style is great, but what's with the gray? Why not color her hair its natural black or very dark brown color? Asian women have such beautiful hair.

Joyce Brazel
Community Member
8 months ago

WHY IS IT GRAY THO?

Lorelai Kelly
Community Member
8 months ago

I love all the long to short transformations,thinking I want to do it to my hair

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
8 months ago

TRY ON SOME WIGS! PROPERLYY CARED FOR LONG HAIR IS BEAUTIFUL AND CAN BE WORN IN SO MANY DIFFRENT STYLES.

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Rred2
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8 months ago

What are you talking about? Long stringy hair looks great!! And she looks good in both pics

Clavelle
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8 months ago

Love this one.

Martha Higgins
Community Member
8 months ago

Big improvement.

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
8 months ago

Liking the gray can be striking and elegant

Lee Lauder
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Here we go again....Same, exact hairdo in the "after" photo. That same hairdo I see everywhere: Pinterest, Tumblr, hair style magazines, celebrities, etc. Why does everyone need to look alike?

Jaybird3939
Community Member
8 months ago

I see so many, usually younger women, who have long hair and it looks like they've never had a trim or any kind of style. They keep it long or up in a messy bun. I rarely see short or even medium hair on young women. Just because it's long doesn't always mean it's the "cut" for you.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
8 months ago

Over-processed and heavy-looking. The new cut looks modern and easy.

Lynita Otero
Community Member
8 months ago

Pretty. But her hair would have been nice had she done a good color and some shaping. The new style is alright, but why grey? Geez, I'm 67yrs...you'll have a lot of time to be grey naturally. Look young while you can.

Bonnie Edwards
Community Member
8 months ago

I don't understand why young women dye their hair grey, and then when they start growing their own grey hair, will do anything to get rid of them.

b l a n c
Community Member
8 months ago

wow she's super pretty! her hair looks amazinf

b l a n c
Community Member
8 months ago

amazing*

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Johanne Trudeau
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8 months ago

The new trend in color!!! I like it if it's well done!!

Viv Hart
Community Member
8 months ago

Too young for gray hair

Judy Windham Saunders
Community Member
8 months ago

Gray, tho? On such a young person? Love the style, it would be beautiful in black.

Mairlady
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8 months ago

The hair on the left looks horrible, BUT the haircut and colour on the right, wow, I am so jealous that I cant wear that colour, beautiful!

backatya
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8 months ago

left is better and too many tats

Todd Hollfelder
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8 months ago

The cut is great but that color is hideous!

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Also makeup, a smile, and the undershirt has been moved to hide the cleavage

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Miss Cris
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8 months ago

Cute in both pics.

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Katherine Boag
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Waay better lighting, change of clothes, and less smile??

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Miss Cris
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8 months ago

What a wonderful hair!

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Kat Hague
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8 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful transformations I absolutely love her new hair

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Aunt Messy
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8 months ago

That's my haircut. Its soooooo easy. I have a little bit of wave (so does this woman), and whenever someone asks me how I do that with my hair, I tell them, "I combed it". That's all it needs. No product, no mucking around with a hair dryer...it takes less than five minutes.

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Kady Maree Mcgrath
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8 months ago

The colour is so vibrant looks great

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Titas Burinskas
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8 months ago

It's what I'd want If wasn't such a wuss.

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Sandra Mendoza
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8 months ago

I love it! Beautiful smile

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Also makeup, lighting, different angle, different expression

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Also makeup, removal of glasses (but that is a horrendously bad photo for someone with glasses jeez), different angle completely, removal of headband...

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Corey Brown
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8 months ago

Just, WOW!

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Lois Arrowood
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8 months ago

Wow. She looks so much younger.

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Not sure a uniform length all over that short counts as a hairstylist's job, also extremely disingenuous to have covered/uncovered tattoos in your before/after photos imo

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Lois Arrowood
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8 months ago

This was very needed. Looks so much better now.

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JessG
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8 months ago

So cute! I think bangs/fringe would suit her too

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Zoe's Mom
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8 months ago

This woman has great bones.

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Dorothy Parker
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8 months ago

Nose looks very different. Beautiful, but is it the same woman? Pretty to start with.

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Katherine Boag
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8 months ago

Omg yess

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Michelle Tolliver
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8 months ago

Love the silver color. Looks great

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