Make yourself over with confidence

Dear Scott: I am a 77-year-old woman with very fine hair that has no body, and it is not thick. I have some gray but am told I’m not very gray for my age! Many times I’ve been told that perms take longer to set in my hair. After years of perms and a lot of time with a curling iron, I’d like to see a stylist who can “analyze” my hair and suggest how I should wear it. I want a style that is easy to care for. How do I find the person who
can do this, and can you give me a “ballpark” figure on what I should expect to pay? After viewing some makeovers done on TV, I was inspired to try to do that for myself!


A: The makeover shows are great. It is fun and spectacular to see the transformations. One of the best shows to catch is New York stylist Louis Licari on Kathy Lee and Hoda’s Show (The Today Show). Someone is picked at random from the audience or on the street and given an overhaul.

Licari gives the instructions, and the staff does the rest. These lucky ladies get a total transformation from head to toe, including clothes, hair and makeup.

A “ballpark” figure for this kind of New York makeover would be as hard to estimate as one done in our area. But these women get theirs done for free by being in the right place at the right time.

It sounds as though you would settle for better looking hair. Coming up with
a dollar amount would depend on all kinds of things.

The best way to start is with a consultation. That way you can find out what your options are. Then pick someone and stick with them for a while.

One visit to anyone isn’t going to cut it.

If you are still looking for the right person to analyze your hair and give you guidance at age 77, something may be askew.

There are many styles and colors that will work for the same face.

Be sure that you are actually open to change. Sometimes people say they want a change but inevitably end up right back where they started.

The models on makeover shows are rarely given a choice regarding the outcome. Usually they are blindfolded until the unveiling in front of a mirror.

Finding the right person to relinquish that kind of trust on is only half of what you need.

The other half is the confidence to wear it.


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