Armed with a whole load of Insta inspo (well, where else would you go in search of a new look?!), three DARE girls got their dos done by super-hairstylist Paul Jones and Wella colourist Suzanne Alphonse

collage of three girls with with hair makeovers, one from long to shor, one from brunette to blond and one with reshaped curls

Junior Designer, Zahra

junior designer Zahra Suleman before and after shots big chop

Don’t believe in magic? Neither did I until I let Paul and Suzanne get hold of my booty-length hair. I haven’t had a proper haircut since I was in year nine, which ended in tears and a decade-long hairdresser fear, so going to Wella was an identity-shifting moment for me. But I couldn’t be happier with my hair-over. Having seven inches off and what Suzanne called a ‘golden contour of colour’ around my face made me feel like a Whole. New. Woman.

Long-hair tip: ‘Zahra’s hair hadn’t been touched in years,’ explains Paul, ‘so we took off over seven inches to remove damage, added some long layers to create movement and thickness, and cut in a fringe to accentuate the cheekbones. For easy styling, Zahra just needs to work a mousse through her hair, blast it with a hairdryer with her head held upside down, then set it on big rollers and give it a good brush.’

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Editor, Tory

editor Tory Frost before and after shots from brunette to blonde

Despite having been a life-long brunette, I’ve always talked about giving blonde a go. I love Madonna, Debbie Harry and perma-blonde Kate Moss. And after realising just how many of my Insta crushes are also blondies, I could deny my urges no longer. My new look now takes less time to achieve the texture I’ve always longed for, and despite having to change up my makeup totally (if in doubt, more bronzer), it’s much lower maintenance and I feel a bit closer to my blonde icons. I can finally ‘have more fun’ with semi-perm colours, too. Hello, pink!

Power-bob tip: ‘Tory’s bob is shorter at the back and slightly elongated at the front, to give it a graphic finish,’ says Paul. ‘All she needs to do is prep hair with a volume spray and blast it with a hairdryer, pulling it from the root with a brush to inject volume. Then tong lightly, apply a texture spray and shake out.’ 

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Junior Digital Writer, Chloe

Junior digital writer chloe before and after shots of curl transformation

My curls defs had more blah than bounce, so I knew something had to be done. But after years of horror-story haircuts, I’ll admit I was slightly shook about this transformation. Curls tend to take the scenic route while growing, so the thought of losing lots of length was my worst nightmare – but two hours and a cut ’n’ colour later, I couldn’t be happier. Thanks to some layers, a touch of texturising and a handful of highlights, my hair looks the way I’ve always wanted it to… big, healthy and full of bounce. I’m ready for the gram!

Curly-girl tip: ‘Ask for lots of movement and layers around the face to help texturise the curl,’ advises hairstylist Paul. ‘And ditch the shampoo – just use a co-wash: don’t wash it all out, then smooth through a curl cream and leave it to dry naturally.’

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