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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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.

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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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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.

djinnjeannie
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8 months ago

Do it! It grows back and if you real,y don’t like it you could wear a wig/hat/scarf for a while, but I’d bet you’d love it.

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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8 months ago

This is badass and gorgeous at the same time! Rock on!

Miss Cris
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8 months ago

Wooow, that rocks!!!

🍿WhErE iS mY pOpCoRn🍿
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8 months ago

Somebody has a badass grandma 😂

Mark Serbian
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8 months ago

OK - *THIS* is an interesting woman!

Katherine Boag
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8 months ago

Damn, grandma!

BoredPerson
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8 months ago

So cool! Nice job going for it!

Miss Cris
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8 months ago

My fav :D

Doria
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8 months ago

wow, such a cool lady!

Esca Sav
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8 months ago

Whoever had the talent to design that hair, props to you 0-0

Tee
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8 months ago

Rock on Granny!🤟🏾

Bobbilee
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8 months ago

That gave her appearance so much personality! I love it!

Rred2
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8 months ago

Ist pics better

Amber Sanders Amlie
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8 months ago

Badass

Sue Prewitt
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3 weeks ago

I best one!

im normal
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6 months ago

granny do be rockin tho

maper sam
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8 months ago

badass grandma...

Debbie Pugsley
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8 months ago

Love this!!

Picture Queen
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8 months ago

Sassy!!

Laura Capshaw
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8 months ago

So. Much. yes.

Amy Gannon
Community Member
8 months ago

Love women (other than me) with a Mohawk. Good for her.

Jaybird3939
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8 months ago

Love it!

Aitchilm
Community Member
8 months ago

Did she get a motorcycle with that?

Sue Sanders
Community Member
8 months ago

Well - not for me, but what the hey for anyone whose up for it.

Irene Atencio
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8 months ago

She's rocking the hairstyle!

Lisa Pockat Bork
Community Member
8 months ago

ummmmm.... Wow

Emyo Jennifer Nakayama
Community Member
8 months ago

Go for the wild while there's time! You get to this age and it's time to let go!

Sonia Altable
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8 months ago

Maravillosa señora! ♥

Lynita Otero
Community Member
8 months ago

Good for you. I'm 67yrs and had a similar. Now, because of lockdown I can't get a hairdresser. I would KILL for one now.

Viki Banaszak
Community Member
8 months ago

That looks awesome! From grandma to gramwow!

Eric Gonzalez
Community Member
8 months ago

now this is awesome

Martha Higgins
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh, hell no!

Jennifer Cassada
Community Member
8 months ago

Yessssssssssss!

Todd Hollfelder
Community Member
8 months ago

I think she could go either way! Her first hairstyle suits her as does the second one.

Rose
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8 months ago

Woah

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
8 months ago

FANTASTIC!!!

Red Hair Blue Soul
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8 months ago

She looks amazing!

RitaGG
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8 months ago

You go Grandma!!! Love!

Iampazuzu
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8 months ago

That's fierce man! She looks so cool

Katinka Min
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8 months ago

Whoa! Talking about life goals!!

Courtney Christelle
Community Member
8 months ago

Someone's a cool grandma.

Johanne Trudeau
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8 months ago

Badass Grandma...

Sori
Community Member
8 months ago

Love it

John and Brandy Keippala
Community Member
8 months ago

The best!

Naoko Yamaguchi
Community Member
8 months ago

Cool! I like the hairstyle!

Bevie
Community Member
7 months ago

C’mon....she’s smiling and at ease in the first photo. Not so much in the second one. Emotions don’t lie.

Viv Hart
Community Member
8 months ago

OH NO!!!!!!!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
8 months ago

THE FIRST ONE I THNK SHE LOOKS BEAUTIFUL. THE SECOND ONE UGLY

Judy Windham Saunders
Community Member
8 months ago

Nope. Mutton dressed as lamb is never a good look. Lovely in first pic, tho. Don't worry, honey, it'll grow back.

JJM
Community Member
8 months ago

Nooooooooooooooooo!

backatya
Community Member
8 months ago

look like some punk rock wanna be kid

Garth Robinson
Community Member
8 months ago

Still mutton dressed as ram!

Sue Rogers
Community Member
8 months ago

Just, "NO"

Emma M
Community Member
8 months ago

The hairstyle on on the left does makes her look older, but the shaved head and design is awful. Too old.

Mairlady
Community Member
8 months ago

Your hair do on the left look much better on you! The hair cut on the right, reminds me of old men driving around in convertible's in the summer time. Sorry!

Barbara Baldwin
Community Member
8 months ago

Um...no

Amy Winnett
Community Member
8 months ago

looked better before the shave :(

Joyce Brazel
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8 months ago

THAT IS STUPID LOOKING ON AN OLDER WOMAN

Toni
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8 months ago

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nooooooooooo

Nanci Sweeney
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8 months ago

I agree...how could someone do this to a lady who could have had a beautiful, age approporiate hairstyle. This is for a teen!!

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Sandra Mendoza
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8 months ago

I love it! Beautiful smile

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Katherine Boag
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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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