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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Katherine Boag
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8 months ago

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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8 months ago

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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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Katherine Boag
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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.

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Sandra Mendoza
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8 months ago

I love it! Beautiful smile

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Miss Cris
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8 months ago

Amazing. But I'm worried about her hair's health after adding colour every week, as it didn't look too healthy before. I may be wrong, I hope I am.

Laura Powell
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8 months ago

The pink is a deposit only vegetable-based dye. It will not harm the hair. The retouch on the bleach is only every 4-6 weeks. You are right though, her poor hair is pretty damaged.

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ispeak catanese
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8 months ago

What a beautiful face!

Toni
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8 months ago

.. and photoshop...

Hollysmom
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8 months ago

I believe it is just a lot of makeup professionally applied, and a professional photographer. Angles and lighting make a world of difference

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S
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8 months ago

She is stunning wow

Jennifer Gould
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8 months ago

Beautiful! There cannot be a lot of people who can pull this off but SHE is one of them!! Gorgeous!

Nicole Tomme
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8 months ago

I would love to have my hair a similar color

doggo-is-fren
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8 months ago

You can't dye hair that thin especially not without TONS of damage

Giselle Soler Turner
Community Member
3 months ago

Looking like lavendertowne!

serge
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6 months ago

Blossomed!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
8 months ago

100% IMPROVEMENT

PhantomBuni
Community Member
8 months ago

Guys, guys, GUYS. Are we honestly going to talk about hair health? Come on! (It’s pulled back I think too) And honestly, thick hair, thin hair, she looks absolutely amazing. On the internet we can talk about her this way because we’re not saying it to her face, but what if she saw this, do you really want to tell her her hair looks terrible?

Amy Gannon
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like a wig. She looks good tho.

Jaybird3939
Community Member
8 months ago

Gor-Juss!!

Jamie Greco
Community Member
8 months ago

Hard to believe this is her hair. She’s nearly bald.

Lynita Otero
Community Member
8 months ago

You really needed that. IDK about keeping the color, but BOY! never get rid of the bangs. Your face looks much better with them. We ALL need something...

Eric Gonzalez
Community Member
8 months ago

totally different persons

Wendy J Shores
Community Member
8 months ago

The color is fabulous! Really brings out her eyes! Love it!

Sue Rogers
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8 months ago

Like the do, not the color.

Emma M
Community Member
8 months ago

I agree 100% with Miss Cris #ditto

Elly Clifton
Community Member
8 months ago

so pretty

Pat Hall
Community Member
8 months ago

I use color on my hair balayage. My hair is fabulous condition

Mairlady
Community Member
8 months ago

Beautiful, but not something you could wear everyday. Lovely colour though!

Kelly Szczudlak
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8 months ago

Why couldn't she wear this color everyday?

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Todd Hollfelder
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8 months ago

This has to have some pieces in it. There is no way to take the before pic and turn it into the after. Compare the thickness in both pictures.

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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8 months ago

ooh she looks so delicate :0

Johanne Trudeau
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8 months ago

Is it just me or girl # 1 is not girl # 2? Look at the nose... Maybe I'm wrong. If I am it's an amazing transformation...

Hollysmom
Community Member
8 months ago

Professional makeup and photographer. Both make a huge difference

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backatya
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8 months ago

Again get rid of the trendy hair coloring. Her natural hair color would be just fine

Sinkvenice
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8 months ago

Her nose is a completely different shape and her nostrils are smaller.

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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Katherine Boag
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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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