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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Katherine Boag
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8 months ago

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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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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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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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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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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Also makeup, better lighting, change of clothes, less frown, better angle of her face...

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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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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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8 months ago

Really stunning- I love all the vibrant and contrasting colours. (Unicorn hair must be an absolute nightmare to maintain though. Do the colours start to bleed together after a while?)

Todd Hollfelder
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8 months ago

As a stylist... you see that coming through the front door and run the opposite way. There's no simple way to retouch those colors. So, yes, they do start to bleed after a while.

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John-Paul Bitler
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8 months ago

Wait.... I'm not tripping?

ispeak catanese
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8 months ago (edited)

She looks great and she's no teen. But who cares, I'd stare in happy awe!

Amanda Sherland
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8 months ago

This is so amazing. I actually said o my god out loud and scared my cat.

Miss Cris
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8 months ago

Not easy to maintain but beautiful (except the yellow side)

Katherine Boag
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8 months ago

Omg yess

Just JoLynn
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8 months ago

I don't understand how you can see her hair, I mean the lighting, angle, smile, clothes are all different.

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Nicole Tomme
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8 months ago

Not a huge fan of the yellow but the rainbow part is gorgeous against the black. It looks like she walked outside and a rainbow got caught in her hair.

Jane Dorothy Warner
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8 months ago

Hopefully, my hair will be like this on Thursday, when I have it dyed prior to being all shaved off for charity. (Just thought people might think it more of a sacrifice to shave coloured hair than natural.)

Miss Cris
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8 months ago

Natural is always better

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Vicky Zar
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8 months ago

I love thevrainbow side

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8 months ago

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GFSTaylor
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8 months ago

This woman isn't a natural blonde or a teenager. And clearly you know nothing about modern hair colouring techiniques. Hair and be bleached, coloured and recoloured without lasting damage if it's done properly. So take your mean spirit and shove it.

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Sarah Ehlers
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2 months ago

This is soooo f*****g hard to do! maaan, congratulations!!

Giselle Soler Turner
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3 months ago

Love the left side but I don’t know about the bangs and right side

Danielle Wigger
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5 months ago

sorry, but that is too vibrant for me 🤷‍♀️

im normal
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6 months ago

impressive

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I Really love this a lot!!!

Laura Capshaw
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8 months ago

I love this! And I would stop her on the street and tell her.

Emyo Jennifer Nakayama
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8 months ago

This is just fantastic! It looks like a dream!

Lynita Otero
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8 months ago

Well, you'll sure get attention....

Bonnie Edwards
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8 months ago

This was beautifully done. I want that stylist.

Emma M
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8 months ago

Oh, my

BabaBizzle
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8 months ago

Fail.

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Michelle Tolliver
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8 months ago

Love the silver color. Looks great

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