It’s amazing what can be done with a pair of scissors. For one woman in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for example, a few snips meant that she could shed the extra-long hair she had been growing for 20 years. And her stylist, makeover guru Christopher Hopkins, used the opportunity to transform her look.
For nearly 30 years, Hopkins has honed his skills as a stylist. In 1990 he founded a namesake salon in St. Paul, Minnesota. Then, four years later, he established the Christopher Hopkins Image Center in central Minneapolis – just over the Mississippi River from his original hairstyling studio.
As Hopkins’ career progressed, he also made his way onto Today and The Oprah Winfrey Show – where, as a guest expert, he proved his makeover skills to a national audience. And in 2017 the entrepreneur founded yet another salon – MAKEOVERGUY Minneapolis, where he made style transformations the centerpiece of his business.
On Hopkins’ Facebook page, meanwhile, he describes the mission that drives his work as “to inspire beauty and enrich lives through the power of pretty.” And in the case of a makeover he shared on YouTube in 2013, he very much achieved that ongoing goal.
The video begins with Hopkins standing behind his client – a woman who hasn’t cut her hair in 20 years. Her locks are now so long, in fact, that they practically reach her wrists. And the stylist can’t help but smile as he touches the hair for the first time.
“Oh, my God,” Hopkins says with a grin when looking at his client’s tresses. But although the woman in question had taken two decades to cultivate her impressively long locks, she rarely ever put them on full display. Instead, she tended to twist her hair into braids.
Perhaps that is how Hopkins’ client knew it was time to cut away the excess. And with her hair on display, she motions to the stylist how much she’d like to lose. “That much,” she says, pointing to a length just beneath her shoulders.
To reiterate, the woman then shows Hopkins what she wants by demarcating a line just beneath her ear. “Not that much,” she says. The hairdresser promises it won’t go that short with a confident “No.” Then he brings in a female member of his salon team to discuss the next steps of the makeover.
Hopkins’ female colleague, who moves to sit in a styling chair, then talks about color inspiration with her makeover team. “My brother has strawberry blonde hair,” the woman tells the group. That gives the hairdresser a celebrity’s style to emulate – “Laura Linney,” he says confidently.
With that, it’s time to start cutting. But there’s a massive amount of hair to get through. Hopkins and another stylist therefore first section the woman’s hair into ponytails – seemingly in a bid to decide on the proper length before they take out any scissors.
Then Hopkins and his colleague twist the woman’s hair into a final braid and wrap a hair tie at the top of it. Above the blue band is the line where the stylist will cut the client’s hair – after she spent 20 years allowing it to grow.
And with a few scissor snips, Hopkins’ colleague cuts off the entire braid. She then holds it in the air to celebrate the huge change that has already been made. “Look at that! Oh, my God,” the client says in response, before taking the braid of her own hair into her hands.
Next, the styling focus shifts from the client’s hair to her makeup — Hopkins provides the complete beautification process, after all. And the woman is all smiles as her makeup is expertly applied, with her hair in clips while it sets.
Finally, it’s time to reveal the woman’s new look. She beams into the camera, her hair now brushing her collarbones instead of her arms. And the color of her tresses is slightly darker – a much richer hue than the dirty blonde she had sported before.
“I feel light and airy,” the woman says during the footage. How would her loved ones feel about the new style, though? “They’re going to be really surprised because they’ve seen me for the last 20 years with long hair,” she laughs.
With that, Hopkins’ client then gives one final twist to show off the back of her hair. “It looks awesome,” says a voice from off camera. And many viewers of the video – which has been seen more than 1.8 million times since 2013 – have agreed with that sentiment.
One YouTube user adored the look and imagined that the woman would love the convenience of her new style. “Wow! Here is a case that long hair is just long hair,” they said. “She looks amazing after. The first time she washes it at home in the shower, she’s going to be shocked how easy it is to do!”
Others said that the woman’s new haircut made her look much younger than her previous style. “I think her new look is fabulous. She looks ten+ years younger, and she seems thrilled with it. That is the only thing that matters,” one individual wrote.
Another YouTube user even said that the video inspired them to undergo a similar makeover. They explained, “She is so beautiful! And hiding behind her hair! I have crazy long hair nowadays ’cause of a bad year… but I’m scared to change it since it’s my security blanket. But I know I gotta… have fun with my look like I used to before! This gives me more courage.”
And that’s just the type of strength and confidence that can come with a style change. Meanwhile, The Makeover Guy continues to turn out transformations just as incredible as this one from his Minneapolis salon.