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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Katherine Boag
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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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Miss Cris
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8 months ago

Pretty on both!

Paul Jordan
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7 months ago

Now if only she was wearing those fabulous glasses with the coloured 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

Amanda Sherland
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8 months ago

Very pretty eyes too!

Kelly
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8 months ago

Add the glasses...

Steve Cruz
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8 months ago

Going to work VS going to slay

Rred2
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8 months ago

Stunning

Anamaria Mazer de Toledo
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8 months ago

Amazing haircut

Elaine Mattingly
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8 months ago

FANTASTIC.

Sue Sanders
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8 months ago

This one really makes it for me. The "after" shot reminds me of a character in a book. Striking, mysterious, tantalizing . . .

Lynita Otero
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8 months ago

Glasses gone, bangs and new haircolor. You can do it all yourself (except a good hair-shaping). Don't let them say you can't. It's all just $ out of your pocket into theirs.

Martha Higgins
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8 months ago

Another WOW!

Emma M
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8 months ago

What a difference. She looks fabulous. I notice she’s doing the ever-so-slight eye squint on the right; perfect for photo-taking

Madeline
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8 months ago

they also obviously edit the second pic in all these photos. Why?

Madeline
Community Member
8 months ago

I prefer the first, but mostly because I style my hair the same way as the first pic.

IZama
Community Member
8 months ago

Great transformation.

I'm not a Robot
Community Member
8 months ago

WoW

Mairlady
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8 months ago

That colour of red sure makes her eyes stand out! She would still look pretty, with or without glasses!

Reenie Smith Shaw
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8 months ago

Wow!

ptm45
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8 months ago

love the color!

John-Paul Bitler
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8 months ago

I prefer the first, but i understand why most would like the 2nd

Nicole Tomme
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8 months ago

She looks lovely in both. Prefer the before picture though. She has great hair and the glasses are cute. Don't understand the bed head look.

Johanne Trudeau
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8 months ago

Another one where the color does the job...

pebs
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8 months ago

Obviously, to look more beautiful they made her take off her glasses ... What a stereotype.

Ania A.
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8 months ago

she's stunning , she'll look great whatever she is or isn't wearing! I personally love glasses though.

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Eagle Girl
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8 months ago

Looks like Adele

maper sam
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8 months ago

babe.

backatya
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8 months ago

eyes look great. But make up cheating on the right

Garth Robinson
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8 months ago

sorry but those glasses (frames) don't do anything for that gorgeous face.

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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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Katherine Boag
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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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Also makeup, better lighting, and a smile

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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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