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MAKEOVER: “A New Me!,” by Christopher Hopkins, the Makeover Guy®

What fun Alta was and had. We took the layered blonde bob up to give it a more youthful and slenderizing line, added strawberry and amped the eyes for a fresh new look.

Alta:                                           He said, “Well, what do you want me to do?” I said, “I don’t know.”

Christopher:                         He was watching.

Alta:                                           “You’re the expert.”

Christopher:                         Well, what I think is I don’t mind how your length is, but it’s so layered that it’s … That’s what makes it dated. I wouldn’t know your age, but the way it’s layered, a layered bob. Let’s do something shorter here for now. At least makes a difference.

Alta:                                           Okay.

Christopher:                         Then it’ll be a look.

Kami:                                         … That?

Christopher:                         Yes.

Kami:                                         Then this is all blended. So I think-

Christopher:                         If this is shorter … That’s what it would look like when you do the foils down here.

Kami:                                         Okay.

Alta:                                           I thought that layering was what dated fullness. No?

Christopher:                         Well, it dated 1982 when we permed it.

Alta:                                           Oh!

Christopher:                         I know everyone’s like … I was there. If you layer your hair, you have more fullness. Well, it will if you perm it and curl it , too. You actually have a lot to take care of.

Alta:                                           That’s what I’m end up doing.

Christopher:                         Yes.

Alta:                                           I end up … Mousse and spray and curling iron.

Kami:                                         We are putting in some highlights and I’m doing up really soft, kind of a brighter coppery red just to give her a little bit more dimension. Then we’re going to do an all-over strawberry blonde.

Alta:                                           Alta.

Robert:                                     Alta, where did you come in from today?

Alta:                                           From Orland Park, Illnois. I’m changing jobs. I start a new job July 6th. I’m moving from Chicago to Florida.

Robert:                                     Cool.

Alta:                                           In two weeks. And my son’s getting married at the end of August.

… I love it. I love it. I had the best day ever.

Bought the book and then started looking on the Internet.

I love the haircut. The colour, the make-up lesson. Everything.

I don’t want to see really short hair.

Actually, the haircut surprises me and how good it looks cutting it short.

… I hope I just look like a better me.

Robert:                                     You look gorgeous.

Joann:                                       Thank you.

MAKEOVER: “Three Generations,” by Christopher Hopkins, the Makeover Guy®

Bonnie, Pam and Amy flew into Minneapolis for a Grandmother, Daughter and Granddaughter makeover. Three different personalities but all three beautiful women. With Bonnie we kept her darker color which she preferred and I agreed. We added scalp concealer to make the hair appear thicker and brought out her dramatic style with eyeliner and brows. Pam was a natural beauty but the crisp eye makeup really made her shine. We toned the gray hair to appear more platinum than dull white. Amy had very difficult hair. She needed volume and with difficult cowlicks a fringe was not a good option. I love the shape of the cut and think she looks very elegant and put together.

Bonnie:                      Bonnie.

Robert:                      Bonnie, where’d you come in from today?

Bonnie:                      Actually, Decatur, Illinois.

Pam:                           Pam.

Robert (behind camera):    Pam, where’d you come in from today?

Pam:                           Kansas City.

Amy:                            Amy Henry.

Robert (behind camera):    Amy, where’d you come in from today?

Amy:                            Kansas City.

Bonnie:                      Maybe a different hairstyle?

Robert (behind camera):    Are you going to be able to maintain this on your own?

Bonnie:                      I hope.

I’d just like to see what another style would do.

I guess my son in law.

Robert (behind camera):    What do you think he’s going to say?

Bonnie:                      I think he’ll be surprised.

Christopher:              We like her white hair, but we’re going to color it. All you people go, “Don’t!”, too bad.

Pam:                           A friend of mine recommended you.

Everything was great. I loved Joanne. She was wonderful. I’ve had a great day.

I just want to look complete different than what I do.

I would do it all over again. It was great.

Robert (behind camera):    Would you?

Pam:                           Yes. It was great. No stipulations.

Robert (behind camera):    Whatever we want to do?

Pam:                           Whatever you want to do is fine.

I will recommend it to everybody.

Amy:                            … fresh and different, that’s fun, but looks still professional too. I meet with a lot of executives.

Our friend Linda Fricke told us about you guys.

Robert (behind camera):    She was in last week.

Amy:                            She was in last week.

It was absolutely fabulous. It was the most amazing experience ever.

Something that looks refreshing, and more young. I turned 40 earlier this month, so …

Robert (behind camera):    That’s a milestone.

Amy:                            Yes.

I told him that three hot chicks were coming back in his house.

Thank you.

Bonnie:                      Bye bye.

“Nothing too Radical,” by Christopher Hopkins, the Makeover Guy®


Judy had worn her hair basically her entire life. At 40 her friends encouraged her to change it up a bit. We did. Not too much, but enough that she felt comfortable. I taught her the importance of back combing for a smaller head to give balance. Brittany Wenzel softened the color with a natural highlight and though she balked at first, she fell in love with the eyelashes.

Judy:                           My name is Judy.

Robert (behind camera):    Judy, how did you hear about us.

Judy:                           Through my friends. Lots of my friends have been up here for the day and been revamped. For my 40th birthday they are having me come up here.

The big occasion, the big 40th birthday, is time to get looked after.

It was kind of scary, but I think I’ve come out looking good and sophisticated, not crazy, but that’s what you don’t want.

I don’t want to see my hair shaved.

Robert:    Okay.

Judy:                           Probably don’t want to go too super short. Kind of always had hair that looks like this.

Judy:                           I want it to be a change that looks different, but I don’t want it to be completely radical.

What I was looking for was something different, but not super crazy.

Christopher:              The whole front of it here. So better than you can take this out [inaudible 00:00:51]. You can pull it up. You can pull it back. Still get the shape.

Speaker 4:                 It looks great.

Robert :                      Smaller hair, great hair.


Judy:                           Julian says that Christopher took half a foot off in 10 years. I’ll go for the 10 years.




“It’s OK to Take Time for Yourself,” by Christopher Hopkins, the Makeover Guy®

Gloria Jean could not have been more adorable. Her daughters gave her a much deserved day of pampering and beauty at reVamp! salonspa in Minneapolis.Gloria Jean: Gloria Jean Olsen.
My daughter told me that she had a surprise for me and we’re going to go to a massage or have a makeover, so she has us all planned out. It’s kind of a Christmas / birthday present.
Christopher: Oh. I see you have a bobby pin to keep it out of your face.
Gloria Jean: Old fashioned.
Christopher: No, it’ll work.
Gloria Jean: I knew we were going to a place to have a massage and have some makeup put on, but I had no idea that it’s down in the cities.
It’s a wonderful day. It was a beautiful day to get to know you guys and that you took the time and showed your kindness and gentleness in working with the massage and my fingernails and my hair and my makeup. I learnt so much, and it is a science and it’s okay to learn and it’s okay to go in the next stage of life after raising a family. It’s okay to have time for yourself.
Christopher: It’s coming along. We’re giving her a little volume now. She does back home, but that product is great.
Speaker 4: We’re starting her eyeliner on the bottom. You really want to go over the same spot til you get it to the darkness that you want and then move to the next location and keep darkening it until you get it before moving on to the next.
Gloria Jean: I’m excited to see what you guys can do for me.
You’re just afraid to try different things, and you want someone that kind of understands the structure they’re talking about and your face. I work at a middle school. I work in the health office, and so it would be something that would be easy to fix myself up and be presentable at work.
It makes you feel younger and it makes you feel lighter for some reason.
Robert: Wow, it looks fantastic.

MAKEOVER: “Aging into a Swan,” by Christopher Hopkins, the Makeover Guy®

Kim arrived from South Dakota for a makeover at reVamp! salonspa in Minneapolis. She had a pretty good grasp of how she liked to look and I didn’t see the need for a huge change. But I did think we could work with her natural curl as a option to straight. Such a bright and fun guest in my chair. She brought her daughter who was attending beauty school in Iowa.

Kim: I’m Kim.
Robert: Kim, where’d you come in from today?
Kim: I came in from South Dakota. I found out about him on YouTube.
Speaker 4: Adding in a few lowlights to add some dimension in there, and then I want to do a really nice gloss so it’s nice and shiny and healthy.
Kim: The larger the girl, the smaller the clothes.
Christopher: Oh, I know.
Kim: It’s like isn’t this cute.
Christopher: They think look at this. It’s tighter so I look skinnier.
Kim: Yeah, no. We’re gonna go curly, I don’t know. Curly is not my thing.
Christopher: She doesn’t like curly.
Robert: You don’t like curls?
Christopher: No. That’s why I’m doing it.
Speaker 5: Contour right here and then the blush here and now we’re going to do highlight.
Kim: Highlight. I still don’t know what that one is as well.
Speaker 5: Right on the high plane of the cheek right here. A little up to the temple.
Kim: Oh, okay. So it’s a very small.
Speaker 5: Yep. Very light.
Kim: Okay.
Speaker 5: Light color, small area.
Kim: Awesome.
Robert: It looks good.
Kim: How did you do that?
Christopher: I’m going to finish it. When you’re at home you can do this, but you should be able to at least kind of let it air dry and pin that in, and then if you want to curl it, finish it with this or blow it out, you can still round brush it but then it’ll be a fuller round brush.
Kim: I’m anxious for Christopher to tell me what color, what cut, what style.
Robert: You’re open for anything?
Kim: I’m open for anything.
I love it!
I brought my daughter in. She’s going to beauty school, so I wanted her to see what she could do with her career and that’s about it.
Well, Christopher is a hoot, the makeup is nice, the color is great. It was all wonderful. The silhouette analysis with Joanne I learned a lot.
I wouldn’t say I’ve matured into a swan, but I’ve aged into a swan. I turned 50, so it’s just time to come in and have something done.
Robert: Looks good.
Kim: Ta da! Thank you for everything. I appreciate it.

Makeover: “Thin Fine Hair and a Small Head,” by Christopher Hopkins, the Makeover Guy®

Joyce came in from Hastings, Minnesota and was really not seeing her true beauty. Afraid of losing length, I left as much as possible while still having it fall into flattery. Margaret Bodensteiner created a very updated natural blonde creating a darker base and lighter ends. Kami Kleven taught some youthful makeup tricks and Joann Hopkins helped Joyce better understand how to dress for her body type.


Joyce: Joyce Murphy.
Robert: And Joyce how did you hear about us?
Joyce: Um, my co-worker gave me a great birthday gift.
Joyce: Joyce from Hastings.Christopher: You’re really old.
Joyce: Old! Flabby.
Christopher: Class of ’82?
Joyce: Yes!
Christopher: Well there you have it.
Joyce: There it is.
Christopher: Why do we even show up in the morning?
Joann: She wants to fade into the woodwork and have not have anybody notice her.
Christopher; Me too.
Joann: We already did the silhouette.
Joyce: Well, I like my length.
Christopher: Of course.
Joyce: I think I put that on there.
Christopher: OK. Well there you have it.
Joyce: Because it’s so thin I don’t feel like shorter styles would me any better.
Christopher: She’s wrong. But it’s okay.
Christopher: It will be dark into here and then light.
Stylist: And even a level seven, eight? I could do eight so we don’t freak out too much.
Christopher: Like this somehow?
That’s better. See how the length comes up like that it looks better than this?Colorist: Today on Joyce we are adding a little bit of depth and cooling off her color to make it more neutral. We are going to do a lot of hand painting so it looks very natural and the regrowth will be really nice and easy to maintain.
Christopher: What I have to do is not take your anxiety into myself because then I do not as good a job and I have to cut to make you look good.

Makeup Artist: We’re doing the whole lid with the all over light color. And this just evens out all of the skin tones and breaks it all up but using a color that is good for your eye color.

Joyce: I just want a fresh new look and get out of this ’80’s hairdo that I’ve had forever. I love my new look. Love it. Love the volume, the color, everything’s fabulous. I love it!

Joyce: Really short short haircut.
Christopher: Did you have a pixie when you were younger?
Joyce: I did! My mother kept me in a Pixie all the time.
Christopher: We’re creating a little volume. Look at that! Volume!
Joyce: I’m just amazed. Holy head of hair, I can’t believe it!
Christopher: You look very pretty. Do we agree now that you look very pretty? You can say it.
Joyce: Ok. I feel pretty.
Christopher: Good!
Friend: Look at you! Fabulous. Do you love it?
Joyce: Yeah. Do you like the color?
Friend: I love the color. I love the cut. I think you look spectacular.
Joyce: He is going to say “You look beautiful!”

MAKEOVER: “My Year to do Something Different!” by Christopher Hopkins, the Makeover Guy®

I loved Lucy’s energy and positive attitude. It makes my job so much easier. Lucy’s basic color was pretty I thought but the gray had to go. She had just been doing highlights so Kelly Marciniak saturated the whole head matching her natural dark blonde while adding soft highlights. Amy Goulet taught her how to bring deep set eyes out and close set eyes apart. Joann Hopkins talks trend and why it’s not always a good thing. I just had a blast.

Lucy: Hi, my name’s Lucy. I came in from Texas. I heard about you all through the internet and also the Oprah Winfrey show years ago.
Christopher: Oh wow that’s a long time.
Lucy:I want a fresh updated look and I’m willing to spend whatever amount of time I need to spend on it. Whatever you think for my face shape.
Christopher: When I do this you look younger than when I do that.
Lucy: I would like a refreshed, revamped, updated look. I’ve had the same hairstyle and the same wardrobe for a long time. This year is my year to do something different. I had my last child go off to college so we’re empty nesters and I want a fresh updated look.
Lucy: I love it. I am so happy with it. I can’t believe I waited this long.
Lucy: No spiky hair. Nothing too trendy because I’m in a conservative business.
Lucy: I liked all the ladies who worked on me, the colorists, the makeup artists, Christopher, everybody, Joann, the whole team.
Kami: Your eyes are slightly close set so what I’m doing is focusing all of my attention on that outer corner to bring the eyes apart.
Lucy: It’s what to wear and what not to wear. Joann gave me some me some great tips.
Joann: Remember, this is a guideline only. It will not reflect your personal style or any personal taste and it will not reflect trend. What you have to remember about trend is it’s only as good as it is on you and lots of times it’s not very good on anyone. Be careful with the teenage daughter who tends to focus on trend, sometimes we have to watch that. She has your best interest at heart I know, but be a little careful with that.
Lucy: Thank you so much. I loved it.

Empathy & Irony: My offer to make over Kim Davis, Kentucky clerk

Are you wondering what possessed me to offer a complimentary makeover to Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed because she refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses under court order? You may be surprised by my reasoning! Click here or on the photo for the story, as published recently in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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MAKEOVER: I Want To Feel Better

Robert (behind camera):            Hi, what’s your name?

Jean:            Jean Mahone.

Robert (behind camera):            Jean, where did you come in from today?

Jean:            From Prior Lake.

Jean:            I feel old. I am old. I look old.

Christopher:            Okay, well we’ll change that.

Speaker 4:            I think we can pretty much match her brunette up to cover that up, but put a lot of foils in so it’s more of a softer brown all over.

We covered up her sparkle section with a medium brown.

Robert (behind camera):            The sparkle is what?

Speaker 4:            Her grays.

Jean:            I feel old. I look old. I want to feel better. Margaret, and the coloring and the time it took for her and Christopher to decide and then Christopher had to play with the hair to decide what it was going to do. Then the effects of the makeup is just wonderful.

I don’t spend as much time on it as I should. It will be fun maybe paying a little more attention to myself. Thank you.