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Great Hair Makeovers

The quickest route to image reinvention is a new hairstyle. But then comes that tired old dilemma: Beyond a trim, what can I really do? We found six Chicagoans eager for a makeover and put their fate in the hands of six salons with reputations for courageous coifs.

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MAKEOVER 6: Tarah Kadzielawski

Tarah Kadzielawski, before
Before

34 / training specialist / craves an edgier look
This newlywed visits classrooms across Illinois as an education training specialist at National Louis University. Her travels also take her beyond state lines—in just one year, she honeymooned in Italy and vacationed in Mexico. Her adventures carry over from her trips to her tresses: She has experimented with lots of cuts and colors, including a memorable pixie. Now she feels her hair is overgrown and ho-hum. “It’s getting to the point where I can donate it,” she says, noting that this will be her third or fourth donation to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a program that makes wigs for women with cancer.

PROPOSALS

1. Art + Science conceptualizes a compact chin-length bob with a possible pop of color—red?—at the ends.

2. Streets of London envisions a very contemporary A-line bob, plus vibrant purple accents to enhance Kadzielawski’s skin tone.

Tarah Kadzielawski, after
After

THE VERDICT

Kadzielawski is enthusiastic about both the bold cut and the purple highlights proposed by Streets of London. So Jindu cuts forward diagonal sections to create layers at an extreme angle and squares off the crown to balance out the weight in the front. The rest is textured with channel cutting—literally tunneling through the hair to achieve more openness near her face, her cheekbones further accentuated with heavy, straight bangs. Then the stylist applies a dark brown base color, prelightening some strands medium-orange so the purple shows up. “Even though it’s totally funky and edgy, it’s still sophisticated—the purple against her complexion actually looks quite subtle,” says Jindu. “She’s so striking now, so powerful-looking. She stands out.”

MAINTENANCE

“I did all the work so she doesn’t have to,” says Jindu, instructing Kadzielawski to simply comb her wet hair into place. To help hold it, she can use L’Oréal Liss Ardent Thermal Reconstructing Crème and Fudge Medium Hold Hair Putty.

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Photography: Taylor Castle; Hair and Make-up by Anthony Baltazar for Salon Salome

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