This Gray-Haired Mom Desperately Needed A New Look – And The Makeover Guy Knew Just What To Do

When Kristil Henan walked into Christopher Hopkins’ studio, she was looking to make some significant changes to her appearance. But not even she could’ve predicted the final results, as The Makeover Guy got to work. By the end of her session, Henan was completely transformed – you won’t believe your eyes!

So what was the driving force behind Henan’s decision to see Hopkins in the first place? Well, to answer that question, she sat down to speak in one of The Makeover Guy’s online videos – known as The Power of Pretty. And during their chat, her objectives also became quite clear.

Henan tells the camera, “I’d just like to be fun. I’d like to look fun, happy and glowing. And it’s time.” She then touches upon her daughter’s role in getting her into The Makeover Guy’s famed salon. The parent adds, “‘Mother [and] daughter makeover,’ she said. ‘Let’s do it, Mom!’”

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Now that we know Henan’s motives, let’s take a closer look at her appearance before Hopkins pulled out his gear. As you can see, she sported long hair that hung over her shoulders, with a light gray shade to it. In her mind, the color obviously didn’t give her the “glow” that she wanted!

On top of that, Henan’s face had a reddish tone as well, which was only magnified by the color of her locks. So without wishing to sound unkind, she seemed like the perfect candidate for The Makeover Guy to get his hands on. And as we’ve already hinted, Hopkins produced some remarkable results.

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It was yet another example of Hopkins’ unmistakable talent, but how did he build up his reputation as The Makeover Guy? Has he been around for long? To answer that second question, the stylist is entering his fourth decade in the business, after launching his own salon in the 1990s.

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The studio can be found in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Hopkins works on sprucing up his female customers. And as he continued to earn success, the beauty expert decided to relocate to the “uptown” area of the city. He changed the name of the salon as well, going for something a little more glamorous.

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Yes, Hopkins rechristened the studio as “Revamp Salonspa.” Given his output, you could never say that the new name was misleading! But the veteran stylist is particularly adept at working with clientele above a certain age. Specifically, he helps plenty of ladies who are 45 and older at the salon.

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Then again, Hopkins’ talents aren’t just restricted within the walls of his salon. For instance, once he got going in the 1990s, The Makeover Guy made some appearances on Oprah Winfrey’s famous chat show. Due to that, people across the United States caught a glimpse of his work on the small screen.

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One such appearance came back in 1996, as Hopkins transformed the look of several women on the show. From their clothes to their hair, the ladies were completely different after seeing him. But The Makeover Guy didn’t stop there: he wasn’t afraid of sharing some strong opinions to the camera either.

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Hopkins was particularly passionate while talking about certain stylistic combinations. He told Oprah and the audience, “White pumps with tanned pantyhose – just don’t do it! In fact, throw your white pumps out. Why white pumps? No! [And] another thing. White hose. Now if you’ve got fat legs, do not wear white hose.”

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“If [white hose] are in, that’s okay,” Hopkins continued. “If you’re a tall thin model, fine. But white hose do not look good on most people’s legs. Go neutral, go darker.” Surprisingly, though, that didn’t signal the end of The Makeover Guy’s animated thoughts on the subject. We said he was passionate!

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Hopkins added, “I go on about the white hose, but the worst [is a combination of] black dress, white hose, black shoes. [Or] red dress, white hose, black shoes. Why are you cutting yourself up? It makes you look short and fat! [And] if it jiggles, put on some support. That’s why there are foundation garments, there’s great girdles out there.”

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Some three years after that, Hopkins made another memorable appearance on Oprah’s show in 1999. On that occasion, he transformed the looks of a few more women and drew praise from one of the guests. Yes, the sharp-tongued Joan Rivers was clearly impressed with his work. That’s quite an achievement!

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Hopkins also brought his mom along for that particular episode, as he highlighted a method to tackle thinning hair. Using a specialized pencil with a “matte” finish, he got to work on her locks in front of the audience. But when Oprah started to wrap things up, The Makeover Guy shared an important message.

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You see, after Oprah had plugged Hopkins’ studio in Minneapolis, she asked him, “How do you help the women hold on to [their new looks]?” In response, The Makeover Guy said, “Life is maintenance. And I tell them, ‘You’ve got to maintain it. You can do it once, but it’s a daily thing.’”

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Meanwhile, Hopkins’ work has been such a big hit that he now operates an additional studio. That one’s called “MakeOverGuy Minneapolis.” His fans are spoiled for choice! Mind you, he isn’t just a successful business owner. For instance, did you know that The Makeover Guy’s taken YouTube by storm too?

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Yes, Hopkins put a channel together back in September 2007, showcasing his talents to the online world. And thanks to his entertaining videos, he’s earned just under 350,000 subscribers over the past decade. As for the actual posts, they’ve picked up nearly 215 million views on YouTube. That’s a staggering figure!

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But Hopkins isn’t just connecting to his online fans via YouTube. In fact, he’s got his own Amazon page that lists plenty of recommended products. The items are split across four different categories, starting with “thick or curly hair” and “thinning hair.” Then the last two are “makeup” and “complete comeback countdown.”

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The latter category is particularly broad, covering a range of items for both men and women. So you’ll find products such as beard shapers, wax strips, razors, and irons on that page. The hair listings are just as varied, with numerous shampoos, creams, rollers, and brushes to choose from. And that’s not all.

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Alongside those hair products, Hopkins also included a link to a book he wrote in 2008. The publication is titled Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45. It’s earned some very good reviews on Amazon too, with more than 80 percent of buyers giving it five stars.

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On that note, it’s fair to say that you shouldn’t struggle to find something to aid your needs from that list. Yet for certain women, recommended products might not be enough to turn their appearances around. If that’s the case, Hopkins’ famed studio could be just the ticket to fixing them up.

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So that brings us back to Kristil Henan’s trip to the salon in 2015. As we discovered earlier, she wanted to make some big changes to her hair – but her desires didn’t end there. You see, Henan had some intriguing plans for those locks once Hopkins was done with her.

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To explain more, Henan opened up while speaking to The Power of Pretty. As she holds on to a lengthy lock of gray hair, she says, “I would like to donate this if I can, if it’s long enough!” Yes, you’re reading that correctly. You can send hair donations to certain organizations to help those who’ve lost their locks.

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For example, places such as Hair We Share and Pink Heart Funds welcome donated locks. Those strands will then be used to create wigs for people that are suffering from medical ailments such as alopecia or cancer. It’s a lovely gesture, and that no doubt inspired Henan to reach her decision.

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So what happened from there? Well, after Henan outlined her hopes at the start of The Power of Pretty video, we got a glimpse of her transformation at Hopkins’ salon. Yes, the clip immediately transitions to a shot of The Makeover Guy standing over her, holding on to a handful of hair.

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Specifically, a section of Henan’s mane has been tied up into a ponytail at the back of her head. And as Hopkins keeps hold of it, he says, “We could just cut your hair off like, I dunno – let’s do this!” At this point, The Makeover Guy trims the entire thing with a pair of scissors, much to his client’s delight.

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Hopkins continues, “Doesn’t that feel good people? Doesn’t that feel good?!” Henan certainly thinks so, as she responds, “Look at that! A little ponytail! Wow. Look at that. I didn’t think it was going to be that long. That really does feel good.” After this, The Makeover Guy runs his hands through her shorter locks.

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“Don’t stop!” Henan says with a smile, as she encourages Hopkins to keep his hands on her head. The stylist obliges, fluffing up the back of her mane. But that doesn’t signal the end of the transformation. Off-camera, the mom’s hair was dyed a blondish shade, which replaced the light gray color.

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Once that was done, the video cut back to a shot of Henan in her chair, with Hopkins adding the finishing touches. She now looks completely different, rocking a much shorter hairstyle than before. “Amazing,” she beams. “Oh my!” We get a better view of the transformation when the parent fronts up to the camera again.

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Alongside Henan’s hair, she appears to be wearing a little bit of makeup as well, rounding off her new look. She says, “Oh I’m amazed. I just love it! I am wild, I feel sassy, and I’m gonna have fun [for] the rest of the day. Woo!” So Hopkins’ efforts clearly hit all the points that she had spoken about earlier.

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But here’s the thing: Henan’s updated hairstyle is one of many that older women can adopt once they hit a particular age. Simply put, you don’t need to chop off your lengthier locks from 50 onwards. Edward Tricomi backed that up, as he discussed this subject on the Today website in May 2019.

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Tricomi plied his trade as a “master stylist” for Warren Tricomi Salons. He informed the website, “People tend to think that just because you turn 50 you have to cut your hair very short. It doesn’t work like that. The style someone cuts their hair into all depends on the individual.”

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So what can you do with your mane if you’re in that over 50 category? Well, a celebrity stylist named Nikki Kearney offered up some ideas while speaking to Today. For instance, should you have long highlighted hair, Kearney suggested that you might want to try out “loose waves” in a similar fashion to Julia Roberts.

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Kearney explained, “This look can be achieved by ensuring that the hair is brightest in the front and gradually gets darker towards the back. [So] separate pieces into one to two-inch sections, and wrap each piece using a flat iron. Once the bottom section is done, repeat for the top, and then lightly run a comb through to create an effortless, loose wave throughout.”

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Then again, as Tricomi mentioned before, that kind of style might not suit every woman in their 50s. If you’ve got shorter hair, loose waves won’t have the same effect! So what could you go for instead? To answer that question, another expert came forward to share their knowledge on the website.

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(37) Yes, Suki’s Salons’ James Valiant suggested that “piecey layers” might be worth looking at if you sport a shorter hairstyle. Think of it as the Helen Mirren look. Yet according to Valiant, who works with his fair share of famous faces, this choice is best for those with a specific bone structure.

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Valiant told Today, “Generally speaking, this color and cut works for most women. But it would especially shine on those with more defined and angular features, as the piecey layers really soften the facial structure.” The options are certainly there for older ladies, but Henan seemed more than happy with her new look in 2015.

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To sum it up, Henan shares her final thoughts at the end of The Power of Pretty video. She tells the camera, “The people were fabulous here. They were just very welcoming and very warm, and loving. Christopher was just amazing, he’s such a pleasant person to work with. Thank you so much, it was lovely.”

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The video proved to be a big hit on YouTube, earning more than 5.7 million views. It generated close to 900 comments too, but a certain message really stood out. A user wrote, “This is one of the prettiest makeovers I’ve seen! This lady looks about 15 years younger, and her happy attitude is so refreshing!” We’re sure that’s music to the ears for both Henan and Hopkins.

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