How to Make Over Your Look Instantly

Lorie Knickle January 02, 2020

The Holidays are over. It’s a brand new year. Wait, not only a brand new year, but a brand new decade! As we turn the page on 2019, change is on the horizon. The start of a new year usually brings resolutions, new goals and a fresh outlook. And after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it usually means time to regroup, (hopefully) unwind, and take some time for YOU.

What better way to feel fabulous and reconnect with YOU than a makeover! Welcome the roaring 20's refreshed and rejuvenated. Even subtle changes can give you a kick of confidence during the dark winter months. Here are some instant ways to make over your style. Let’s get glowing!

First Things First - Clarify

Start with a fresh slate! Holidays can mean loading up on styling products and dry shampoo which can build up over time. This build-up tends to make hair dull and unmanageable. Shampooing with a clarifying shampoo will deeply cleanse and remove build-up to reveal your shine. 

One to try: Kenra Platinum Deep Detox Scrub Weekly Clarifier

A Haircut or Colour or Both!

Makeover, Hair Stylist, Haircut, Hair Colour

Ok this may seem obvious, but even a slight trim to get rid of dry damaged ends can be a huge refresh. Whether you go with a dramatic change (chop chop!) or a more subtle approach, there’s no doubt a fresh cut or colour works wonders. Need inspiration? Follow us on Instagram for trending styles. No time for a cut? Try the Dannyco Split Ender   it's a new, super-easy tool that tidies your ends in a flash!

Change Your Length


Makeover, Hair Extensions


Going from long to short or short to long will definitely change your style up fast! If you don’t want to make the cut, try a faux bob by tucking and pinning ends under. Want longer locks? Clip-in extensions will take you to new lengths in a snap! Shop hair extensions here.

Add Quick Colour

Bold Color Wash, Temporary Hair Color


If a trip to the salon isn't in the books, or maybe you don’t want to commit to a permanent decision, there are some quick, temporary updates that can give you a big lift! If you want to play with colour for a fun fling, you’ve got options! There are temporary colour options that can last anywhere from one to several washes and many are super easy to apply. Here are a few ideas:

One wash: KMS Style Color Sprays

Two Washes: Redken Colour Rebel

Eight washes: Joico Color Intensity Semi-permanent Colour

Colour-building: Increase colour with each wash with Celeb Luxury or Schwarzkopf Bold Color Wash.

Multi-tasking Colour: Moroccanoil Color-Depositing Hair Masks deliver temporary colour while restoring health and manageability.

Keep in mind, colour life may vary depending on the porosity of your hair.

Conceal and Camouflage

Blend troubled areas seamlessly with coloured sprays and powders. Thinning areas? Spray with Serioxyl spray to cover and conceal. Roots growing in? Try a root touch up spray or powder like Goldwell Dualsenses Color Revive Root Retouch Powder (available in: Copper Red, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Blonde and Light Blonde). You can even add colour along your part or the fine baby hairs framing your face to instantly make your hair look fuller.

Restore & Rejuvenate With a Hair Mask

Hair Masks, Pureology


Is your hair dull and looking a little under-the-weather? Rejuvenate tired, stressed hair with a nutrient-dense hair mask. Masks can quickly help with many hair troubles, so look for one that targets your hair’s specific needs. If you have a hair concern, there's likely a mask for that! Check out masks here, or if you are not sure which would be best for you, hit us up with a chat.

If you are looking for an extra-indulgent (yet surprisingly budget friendly) hair fix, an in-salon treatment is an intense dose of hair health. There are several kinds of treatments, talk to your stylist or beauty consultant when booking your appointment for their recommendations.

Refresh & Detox with a Facial Mask

Dermalogica Face Mask, Blackhead Treatment


Just like hair, skin can get tired, dull and prone to stress-related issues (breakouts, wrinkles, sighhhhh). Glowing skin can perk up your look instantly! Many Chatters Hair Salons across Canada offer Dermalogica products and services to help you get your glow back. If your local Chatters Hair Salon doesn’t offer Dermalogica services, don’t despair! The Dermalogica Clean Start Blackhead fizzing face mask is a refreshing, bubbly face mask that deeply cleans pores without leaving skin feeling tight. Shop this bubbling mask for dream skin now!

Get an All-Over Glow with an Instant Tan

St. Tropez Instant Tan


A golden glow can instantly make you look refreshed, like you’ve just vacay’d in the sun (as opposed to slogging through the cold and snow). If you’ve recently been on a sunny holiday, well done you! If not, no worries: fake a bake with self tanner. Gone are the days of orange, streaky fake tans. From sprays to creams to foam, there are lots of ways to look like you’ve been playing in the sun. Shop them here!

Shape Your Brows

Makeover, Eyebrows


Eyebrows have the power to change your whole face. An eyebrow shaped to suit your face can really pull your whole look together. Get yours in shape at home with microwave wax, hair removal cream or warmed wax. Shop everything you need to tame your brows at home here! Or, leave your brows to the pros! Many Chatters Hair Salons offer brow waxing. Give your local salon a call!

Add Some Lash

Makeover, False Lashes

Big lashes are majorly trending, there’s no doubt about it! Dramatic lashes can be spotted everywhere right now. And there’s no wonder why! They elevate any look to glam goddess status. Get the look at home with false lashes. There are loads to choose from, and they range from “are they real or are they fake” to “va-va-voluminous”. Choose your glam level and get ready to flutter. Shop Ardell's vast collection of lashes here!

Don't Forget Your Fingers & Toes

Makeover, Manicure, Fingernails


When updating your look, don’t ignore your hands and feet! Clean up ragged cuticles and get your winter ravaged skin feeling soft and soothed. Then, top with a fresh polish like this funky swirl! If your nails are feeling brittle, soft or damaged, try a treatment to strengthen and nourish them back to health.

The gear you need:

Soothe and soften with lotions and soaks.

Polishes! Here are loads to choose from.

Shop top nail treatments to strengthen and restore nails.


Make Me Over!


Makeover, Face mask, Hair mask


Since my style was looking sooo 2019, I felt a refresh was in order. After a quick pamper sesh I decided to try a faux bob and I'm really loving the shorter style! I must admit, I'm tempted to make the cut permanent. But in the meantime I'll rock the temporary crop. I also changed my part and opted for that deep side part that is so chic right now.

Makeover, Faux Bob, New Year

My mini-makeover routine:

Clarifying shampoo: I used Kenra Platinum Deep Detox Scrub in the shower to remove buildup.

Hair Mask: on damp hair I used a cocktail of Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask + a few drops of Moroccanoil, applying, then combing through with a wide tooth comb to evenly distribute. I covered with a Kenneth Bernard Style Saver Cap to allow the product to really soak in.

Face Mask: while my hair was wrapped in the Moroccanoil mask I applied Dermalogica Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask.

Facial Hair Clean-up: I used Gigi Tweezeless Microwave Wax on unwanted facial fuzz.

Eyebrow Grooming: after waxing and plucking stray eyebrow hair I used Ardell Brow Pomade in Medium Brown to fill in the sparse spots.

Flashy Lashes: to make my eyes stand out, I used Ardell Magnetic Liner & Lash. It's makeup and faux lashes all-in-one!

Hair: Before blow drying I used Redken Pillowproof Express Treatment Cream Primer. To blow dry, I used a large round brush and concentrator attachment to roll then ends under. Once dry I tucked the ends under securing with bobby pins and leaving the top layers free (since they are bob-length).

Thanks for glowing up with me. I hope you are inspired to set aside some time to pamper yourself and feel good from the inside out. Best wishes for a beautiful 2020!


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