This woman lost patience with her graying roots and became sick of constantly dying and hiding them. So she made the brave decision to ditch the dye. Then after an extreme haircut, she completely transformed her look.
Kerry Grundhoefer, 41, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, was fed up of dying her gray roots. So she enlisted the help of her friend, neighbor and makeover guru Christopher Hopkins. Also known as Makeover Guy, Christopher has helped many people transform their looks. As part of the “About” section on his YouTube channel, he states that his aim is, “Helping people express their inner spirit through their outer image. When who you are on the inside expresses itself in how you appear, you are beautiful.”
Christopher has a long history of makeovers and transformations. In 1990, he opened the Christopher Hopkins Salon at the KSTP TV studios and appeared on the regional talk show Good Company. After this, he was a repeat guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has also produced makeover programs online including Whadja Do Today?, The Power of Pretty and Now What? Finally, in 2017, he opened his appearance studio, Makeover Guy.
In 2012, Kerry requested the help of Christopher’s makeover knowledge. Tired of the upkeep and effort of dying her gray roots, Kerry wanted a change. Christopher explained her decision in the YouTube video’s description. He wrote, “Sensitivity to hair color, maintenance and a general feeling [that] her hair wasn’t revealing her inner-self, allowed her to make the dramatic change.”
The makeover, posted on YouTube, revealed the transformation as part of the Makeover Guy’s series, Beauty. Revealed. Before the transformation began, Kerry introduced herself before releasing her current hairstyle from under a headscarf. On top, her hair is waves of dark brunette with pink ends and highlights. But as she lifts the front of her hair and parts it, you can clearly see the gray roots she’s fed up of hiding.
Of course, one way to end the repetitive task of dying your hair is to grow it out. Kerry, however, chose the more dramatic way. Instead, she decided to chop it all off in a life-changing transformation. Kerry stated, “It’s time. It’s an accumulation of a long time processing my hair. And it’s fairly gray under there and I’m just really tired of the maintenance.”
So Kerry joined her friend Christopher in his salon, making the leap of faith to change her look for the better. It was finally time to chop off her long locks and find a style that hopefully better suited how she felt on the inside. Christopher explained the logic behind the choice to cut it so short. He stated, “The thing about doing a dramatic cut is that it will grow.”
Christopher went on to say that people had voiced concerns about the decision. He explained that some were even suggesting that it was his idea, and he was, in some way, forcing her to do it. But Kerry quickly refuted this idea. She told Christopher and the viewers, “I asked to have this done and I’m actually extremely happy you’re obliging.” Christopher agreed, stating, “She doesn’t want to be average and look like everyone else.”
Indeed, Kerry added, “That’s the fun thing about hair. It’s like fashion, I enjoy it, I have fun with it. But there’s a point where, even if the gray wasn’t an issue, I would want something anyway. It’s way past time.” Thus commenced the haircut, which began with Christopher hacking away a large chunk of hair and holding it in the air victoriously.
When the Makeover Guy had finished cutting and styling Kerry’s locks it was time to reveal her new hair-do to the camera. Gone was the long, flowing mane of dyed hair and graying roots. In its place was sleek, spiky gray hair, so Kerry would not only save time dyeing and styling the hair but would have a refreshing new look.
Kerry was extremely pleased with the work Christopher had done in the salon. She stated, “I love it! It’s amazing.” After choking up a little, she added, “It’s exactly what I wanted.” With a beaming smile that further portrayed her joy, she twirled around on the spot, to show the audience a 360-degree view of Christopher’s styling.
She then went on to explain, “I think people just can’t comprehend cutting long hair… people [who] like long hair it’s such a crutch or obsession.” Now she’s gained confidence by letting go of her security blanket of hair. She exclaimed, “I can’t even tell you how good it feels.”
But how would her husband, Joe, react to her new look? As he entered the room, to see his wife for the first time since her haircut, he announced, “It’s awesome.” Then Joe embraced Kelly in a loving hug. Holding her tight he said, “You look pretty. What are you thinking?”
Actually, Kelly was so overwhelmed with joy for her new look that her response to this question is too rushed to hear. But we can assume it was a positive statement due to the tears of happiness rolling down her face. In fact, Joe even jokingly warns her, “Don’t ruin your makeup.”
Unfolding from their embrace, Kerry steps back to give her husband the chance to take in the full effect of the makeover. Spinning around for him, Kerry asks Joe, “You like it?” To which he replies, “Yeah, do you like it?” Kerry, still smiling through the tears, confirmed, “I love it.”
Kerry isn’t Christopher’s only happy customer either. Karen, 53, from Mississippi also had long, graying hair and wanted a change. And, having watched the Makeover Guy’s videos for two years she knew Christopher Hopkins was the man for the job.
Karen explained why she felt it was finally time to do something about her hair. She told viewers of the Makeover Guy series, Power of Pretty, “I’ve been losing weight. I’ve made a lot of progress in that area. And I spend too much time worrying about oh gosh if I go and get sweaty, I’m going to have to wash my hair, dry my hair, roll my hair, fix my hair, do everything that I do and then an hour later it’s going to fall.”
With that in mind, Christopher set to work on a new hairstyle for Karen. First Christopher cuts it short, revealing naturally wavy locks that had been weighed down for a long time by the length of Karen’s hair before. Next he shaped and styled the hair so it framed Karen’s face perfectly.
Unlike Kerry however, Karen didn’t want to stick with the gray hair she’d suffered from since she was 29-years-old. So Christopher introduced some violet toner to parts of her hair to give it a warmer look and match the colors already visible in her locks. The final result was a champagne blonde, which, concealing the gray, gave Karen a younger appearance.
When Karen’s friend saw her new look, she shrieked with excitement and they hugged. But what did Karen herself think of her stylish hair-do? Well, like Kerry she loved it. Karen stated, “Oh my god, I’m ecstatic! I don’t know why I waited so long to do this. It’s ridiculously liberating.” She finally added that actually, part of what pushed her to make this life-changing decision was watching the video of Kerry’s amazing transformation.