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    >>> once again for a special edition of our plaza "ambush makeovers."

    >> this week hoda chose two of our friends who agreed to be good sports. now it is time to reveal the new looks of two more people dear to our lives. louis licari la-la-la-la-la.

    >> a "today" contributor and stylist to the stars, jill martin. what did you guys think?

    >> we had so much fun. great girls. it's so great when people are so receptive. these ladies were so excited to be in our chairs.

    >> first up, sandra cohen. she is one of the security guards at nbc . great lady. she stands right there at the east bank elevators. she's 45 years old, born in bolivia. work at nbc for the last couple years. she loves her job. she's so friendly. people fall in love with her. she -- look at her hair. she flat-irons it every day. i know she has issued, we discuss all the time. she tries to look like a lady but it is hard got to got to wear that foxy guy uniform.

    >> here's how it goes. hoda comes through here every day, then tell me about what you think of her.

    >> well, she is wonderful. she always have a beautiful smile.

    >> you told me you're just so honored that she nominated you.

    >> yes. you couldn't believe it. you know? when she remembers me.

    >> what do you hope to look like?

    >> ooh -- beautiful! and spectacular.

    >> ooh. all right, well we are going to take you from security guard to sizzling. are you ready?

    >> oh, yes! i can't wait. i'm so excited.

    >> i'm so excited, too.

    >> she's darling.

    >> we lovesan dra. her daughter, carla, is there. keep your blindfold on. here's sandra -- oh, girl! oh hello hello hello! come here come here come here! you ready, carla? take off your blindfold, check out your mom.

    >> oh, my gosh! mom, you look so beautiful.

    >> ready? right here, girl. turn around.

    >> oh, my god! hello, sexy. hello, sexy.

    >> i really look hot. woo!

    >> louis, tell us about the hair.

    >> the first thing i did is she made her hair dark. she already had dark hair. darker than dark. i wanted to soften it. look at how much younger and prettier. soft softer. then this great layered haircut which takes the hair off her face because she has more hair than five women.

    >> the outfit is hot!

    >> we had so much fun with her. that uniform does not fit her personality. she saw the leopard on the rack she said that is what i want! just a simple black look, then the jacket from talbot's.

    >> if you guys ever come to 30 rock to visit, you'll see sandra , east bank elevators. big round of applause for sandra . join your daughter right there.

    >> our second lady is 55, born in poland. now lives in pennsylvania. she has worked in housekeeping for 31 years an recently switched from the night shift to the day shift here at nbc . she used to color her hair but nothing more. pays no attention to fashion and wears only cover-up. she's the single mom of four kids.

    >> you've known kathie for two years. how excited are you that she chose this for you?

    >> very excited. i love kathie, she's no nice.

    >> what do you want to look like after this makeover?

    >> i want to look a little younger.

    >> a little younger, a little hotter. are you ready to get rid of that gray hair?

    >> oh, yes. i am ready.

    >> we are going to pamper you for three hours. you ready?

    >> yes, i'm ready.

    >> she's adorable. she's here with her son, mark, 18 -- let's take one last look. bring the new one out. oh, my god! take off your blindfolds, you guys.

    >> oh, my gosh! wow! she's gorgeous!

    >> turn around. take a look at yourself .

    >> oh, my!

    >> that's you, looking good, hottie.

    >> you look beautiful.

    >> this just goes to show you wash away the gray, you wash away the years. she's at least ten years younger. this great snappy haircut by debbie, a little bit of makeup. it is soft, it is natural.

    >> oh, my goodness. jill!

    >> i couldn't help myself. this is one of my all-time favorites because she was in that white t-shirt and those pants. i said i can do something with this body. we gave her this leather jacket . great black pants from talbot's. now you have all the classic items to be hot all the time.

    >> come op out, sandra . you both look hot, hot, hot!

    >> we go behind the scenes of "ambush," right after this.

    >>

TODAY

Explainer: Ambush Makeovers

  • A new look at 95

    TODAY
    Nema is from Tennessee and is 95 years old. Her four daughters wanted to surprise her with a new look, since she’s had the same one for as long as they can remember. “We just wanted to give her a New York look,” said one of her daughters.

    We put Nema in a navy blue blazer and great pair of jeans from Talbots. Louis made her hair blond and took away the gray, in addition to giving her an updated hairdo with layers. Her daughters were ecstatic!

    Video: At 95, she gets Ambushed!
  • Small-town glamour

    TODAY
    Lynne is from Iowa and has been married 36 years, and has two children. She says she wasts to go from small-town girl to glamour girl.

    We put Lynn in a hot leopard-print blazer and black skirt from Talbots. Louis made her a brunette to show off her skin tones, and also gave her short, sexy layers. Her sister and daughter were shocked!

    Video: At 95, she gets Ambushed!
  • Double trouble

    TODAY
    Vicky is from Texas and is visiting New York with her sister Cristy. They both wanted a makeover so badly that they came to the plaza with a plan. Vicky stood on one side of the crowd while Christy stood on the other side ready to be ambushed! Vicky has never colored her hair before and trims it herself to save money so she was thrilled at the chance to get a glam new look.

    We put Vicky in a three-quarter sleeve black dress from White House Black Market — perfect for the holidays — and paired it with knee-high boots from Nine West. Louis made her a redhead, which is her natural hair color. He also gave her a great shaggy bob. Her sister was speechless!

    Video: Sisters get hot holiday look
  • Waiting for Louis

    TODAY
    Cristy, Vicky’s sister, has three kids and was in a car accident two years ago — she hasn’t colored or cut her hair since. She told us she couldn’t imagine anyone other than Louis giving her a makeover!

    We put Cristy in a chic winter-white coat from Ann Taylor, paired with black patent pumps from Nine West. Louis got rid of the blond in her hair and made her a more vibrant redhead. He then gave her a great classic short bob haircut. Vicky was shocked!

    Video: Sisters get hot holiday look
  • Erasing her age

    TODAY
    Jill is a mother of three from Indiana and is in New York with her friends. She has had the same look for as long as she can remember and her friends were ecstatic for her to get a glam new style.

    We put Jill in a chic pair of jeans and a gorgeous flattering blouse, both from Macy’s. Louis knows that blond hair does not always make you look younger, so he turned her into a brunette! He darkened her color, which acted as an age eraser. He also gave her layers to help give her hair shape and definition. Her family and friends were speechless!

    Video: Mom of three gets a sexy makeover
  • Teacher gets style

    TODAY
    June is visiting New York with her students and a fellow teacher from Florida. Because her hair has gotten so damaged over the years, her routine usually consists of just pulling her hair back into a ponytail. She was thrilled at the opportunity for a brand new style.

    We put June in a chic black dress and paired it with a gold sweater from JCPenney. We topped off the look with a printed scarf and twisted it with a necklace to elongate her frame. Louis moisturized and colored her hair and cut short layers to add thickness. Her students were shocked!

    Video: Mom of three gets a sexy makeover
  • Student's sexy grown-up style

    TODAY

    Nicholle is graduating from the University of Houston in December. The 21-year-old, who will soon be interviewing for jobs, wants a more professional look.

    We put Nicholle in a stylish black suit with lace detail on the jacket from Ann Taylor and topped off the look with gorgeous jewelry from Kohl’s.

    Louis got busy by giving her a stylish short bob cut with peekaboo bangs to give her a sexy look. He also softened her color to compliment her skin tone. Her friends were speechless! Video: Ambush! College grad gets a makeover

  • Grandma goes glamorous

    TODAY

    Leslie hadn't colored her hair in more than 20 years and was hesitant to get rid of her natural gray. The first-time grandmother gave in and decided to take a leap of faith and let our Ambush team giver her a fresh, new look.

    We put Leslie in a great blouse, perfect for the holidays, from Ann Taylor and paired it with a chic black skirt with red piping from Ann Taylor as well. Louis got to work on her hair by giving her a layered haircut and lightening her hair color to help warm her skin tone. He also slightly covered up some of her grays. Her brother was shocked!

    Video: Ambush! College grad gets a makeover
  • Birthday gal

    TODAY
    Joy is from North Carolina and is celebrating her 65th birthday. Her friend begged us to give her a brand-new look for her Medicare card picture. Joy is single and says she wants a new look to attract a generous man with a great sense of humor.

    We put Joy in a gorgeous ruffled gray jacket from Ann Taylor and paired it with a great pair of jeans from Talbots that she can dress up or down. Louis darkened the base color of her hair to get it closer to her natural color. He then gave her a savvy layered cut to make it look fuller. Her friend was shocked!

    Video: Birthday ladies get ‘Ambushed’!
  • Fifty and fabulous

    TODAY
    Tammy is from Arizona and is celebrating her 50th birthday. She has three kids and her daughter says she wants her mom to get pampered.

    We put Tammy in a stylish animal-print wrap-blouse and paired it with a great classic skirt, all from Ann Taylor. To top the look off we gave her gorgeous earrings from Kohl’s. Louis made her hair blond, and also gave her a much shorter, sleeker cut. Her daughter was speechless!

    Video: Birthday ladies get ‘Ambushed’!
  • Bon Jovi fan gets a sexy style

    TODAY

    Lisa visited New York with her cousin and good friends to see Bon Jovi play on the plaza — but she skipped the concert so she could get a new, young look. The mom of three, who's been married for 23 years, has always colored her own hair and rarely wears any makeup, so she was thrilled at the opportunity to get a makeover.

    We put her in a gorgeous wool coat by Talbot’s and paired it with great brown boots from Nine West. Then Louis got to work by giving her a great cut; he hair was thick, so Louis retextured it to make it seem thinner. Then he softened her base color and added some flattering highlights. Lisa’s cousin and friends were speechless!

    Video: Bon Jovi fan skips concert for makeover
  • Ready for a fresh new look

    TODAY

    Donna is in New York with her best friend, Maria. After the devastating loss of her mother last year, she's ready for a fresh start, which includes a new look and hopefully finding a young boyfriend!

    We put her in a stylish cashmere jacket from Talbot’s and a pencil skirt by Ming Wang. To top off the look, we put her in knee-high black boots from Nine West. Louis got right to work on her hair, first deepening its color, then giving her a savvy cut that she can wash and wear however she likes. No more sponge rollers for Donna! Her friend was shocked!

    Video: Bon Jovi fan skips concert for makeover
  • Frumpy to fabulous

    TODAY
    Diane is a teacher from New Jersey. She has been married for 15 years and has two kids. She showed up on the plaza saying she wants to look fabulous — like she did when she was in college.

    We gave Diane a hot new look with a black tailored blazer, skirt and crisp white button-up from Talbot’s. Louis cut her bangs to make her face look softer and gave her an updated shag. He also warmed up her hair color to brighten her skin tone. Her friend was shocked!

    Video: Ambush! Fresh start for 50th birthday
  • Birthday chic

    TODAY
    Kim is from Kentucky and has been married for 23 years and has three kids. She is celebrating her 50th birthday and friends want her to get a new look.

    We put Kim is a swanky cashmere coat from Talbot’s that perfect for indoors and outdoors, along with a sleek pencil skirt. Louis gave her a short, pixie haircut and colored her hair a slightly softer brown. He added highlights to emphasize the layers. Her friends went wild!

    Video: Ambush! Fresh start for 50th birthday
  • Mom gets New York style

    TODAY
    Mindy is from Washington and is in New York with her best friend. She has been married for 21 years and has two children. She’s had the same look for 20 years and when we ambushed her on the plaza she said she was ready to go from grunge to chic!

    We put Mindy in a classic little black dress from Talbots and paired it with a yellow trench coat from TJ Maxx that’s perfect for the fall season. To complete her chic look we put her in knee-high boots by Nine West. Louis got right to work on her hair. He first softened the base color, then added minimal highlights to give her a natural look and styled her hair with a cut that’s easy to maintain. Her friend was shocked!

    Video: Tricksters treated to ‘Ambush’ makeovers
  • Best friend's hot new look

    TODAY
    Lucy is Mindy’s best friend of 20 years. Her daily beauty routine consists of showering and getting her hair out of her face, so she was excited at the opportunity of getting a glam new look.

    We put Lucy in a stylish leopard-print blouse with a black skirt, both from Talbots. We paired it with peep-toe pumps by Simply Vera Vera Wang available at Kohl's. Louis gave her a great cut, then softened her base color and added highlights. Her friend was speechless!

    Video: Tricksters treated to ‘Ambush’ makeovers
  • Widow shocked by new look

    Judy, 66, came to New York with her two best friends to visit her favorite place – TODAY! As an “avid watcher,” she actually ambushed the TODAY crew on the Plaza, begging for a makeover. She is a mother of three and has four grandchildren, and recently lost her husband of 29 years. “I came here to get a new start,” she explained to TODAY stylist Jill Martin.

    TODAY’s style team put Judy in a fabulous and slimming black dress from White House | Black Market (www.whitehouseblackmarket.com) and paired it with a statement necklace by Simply Vera Vera Wang available at Kohl’s (www.kohls.com).  Louis got right to work on her hair, changing her hair color to a warmer shade of red, which helped accent her blue eye color, and adding some soft volume. Judy could barely recognize herself in the mirror; her friends exclaimed that “she looks like a different person.”

    Video: Widow shocked by makeover
  • Sister's new sexy style

    TODAY

    Vanette, 52, is visiting New York from Oklahoma with her twin sister Valerie. Her mom passed away a few months ago so she was thrilled at the opportunity for a fresh, new look. “I noticed the sweatshirt with the leopard scarf and I knew this was our girl,” said TODAY stylist Jill Martin upon seeing Vanette’s outfit.

    TODAY put her in a double-breasted leather jacket paired with a gold and black lace embroidered skirt all from Talbots (www.talbots.com). We also added statement jewelry by Lois Hill Accessories, (www.loishill.com). Louis cut  her hair into a short, stylish bob and added sleek highlights to cover up her gray hairs. “Whoa!” exclaimed Vanette as she looked into her mirror. Her sister was equally stunned!

    Video: Widow shocked by makeover
  • Doc gets sexy style

    TODAY

    Pamela is from Georgia and is in New York to visit her sister. She’s been working as a medical resident for the past three years and says she’s “overworked.” She has never colored her hair before and rarely wears makeup, so she was absolutely thrilled at the chance to get a makeover.

    We put Pamela in a pair of tan riding pants and paired with a black ruffled turtleneck and denim jacket, all from Talbot’s. We accessorized her outfit with a leopard-print belt and black boots from Aldo. Louis softened her hair color by adding warm highlights to give her a natural look and styled her hair with a cut that’s easy to maintain. Her sister was speechless!

    Video: Nurse, med student get Ambushed!
  • Mom gets pampered

    TODAY
    Judy is from North Dakota and this is her first time in New York. She spends most of her time taking care of others so her daughters really wanted someone to take care of her for a change.

    We put Judy in a black stylish jacket and black pants from Talbot’s. We topped off the look with statement jewelry from Kohl’s all under $20.00. Louis shortened her hair  and added side-swept bangs with a deep part. He also changed her hair color to create a warmer look. Her family was shocked!

    Video: Nurse, med student get Ambushed!
  • Grandma gets rockin' new look

    TODAY
    Brenda is from Florida and has three kids and has grandchildren. Her daughter-in-law wanted to surprise her with a makeover, so she didn’t tell her until they were in the car on their way to the plaza. It turns out, Brenda needs a hot, rockin’ look for a concert.

    We put Brenda in a classic white button up shirt that she can wear with just about anything, and paired it with a fabulous black pencil skirt. Both pieces are from Talbots. We topped off the look with black knee-high boots from Nine West, and statement jewelry from Kohl’s. Louis cut her hair, giving her a much shorter look with bangs. He also changed her hair color to a dark brown with a hint of auburn in it. Her family was speechless!

    Video: Deserving grandma gets Ambushed!
  • Nursing student's Rx for style

    TODAY
    Lorraine is a mother and nursing school student from New York. Between taking care of her daughter and attending school full time she has very little time for herself so she was thrilled at the idea of being pampered for a few hours.

    We put Lorraine in a chic black dress from Talbots, paired with a fabulous red jacket from TJ Maxx and a gold necklace from Kohl’s. Louis changed her hair by altering her hair color to help her complexion look less sallow. He changed it from a washed-out blond to a warm golden brunette. He also shortened her length to contour her face and control her curls. Her sister was shocked!

    Video: Deserving grandma gets Ambushed!
  • New look shocks daughters

    TODAY
    Erma is from Illinois and is celebrating her 70th birthday with four of her six children. This is her first time in New York and she braved the bad weather for a makeover.

    We put in her in a comfortable chic pair of blue jeans from Talbot’s paired with an embellished black long-sleeved top by DKNY available at Macy's. Louis covered up her grays and erased years off her look by giving her more style. Her daughters were stunned and couldn’t stop crying!

    Video: Ambush! Daughters shocked by mom’s makeover
  • She's got the look

    TODAY
    Ariane is in New York helping to support the cause of Rett syndrome. Her daughter has been suffering from Rett since she was born. Since Ariane has her hands full with taking care of her three children, she never has anytime for herself. She was thrilled at the idea of having a makeover.

    We put her in a fabulous red dress from Tahari, available at Macy's and paired it with black boots from Payless and jewelry from Kohl’s. Louis cut her hair, giving her a chic a-line bob and adding very soft red highlights to warm her face. Her friend was shocked!

    Video: Ambush! Daughters shocked by mom’s makeover
  • New mom gets pampered

    TODAY
    Rebecca is from North Carolina and is in New York with her husband and their 5-month-old baby daughter. Rebecca has been busy with the new baby that she has had no time to take care of herself, so she was ready for a day of pampering.

    We put her in a fabulous zebra animal print skirt from Michael Kors, available at Macy's, and paired it with a black fitted button down blouse from Talbot’s. Louis changed her hair color to a darker shade of brown to complement her skin tone. It’s a semi permanent color so it will gradually wear away and she won’t have to worry about her roots showing. He also gave her soft angles around her face so her hair can be worn curly or straight. Her husband was speechless!

    Video: New mom gets ‘Ambushed!’
  • Making the cut

    TODAY
    Sue is from Indiana and is celebrating turning 50 years old. She’s never colored her hair before and she’s been growing her hair out for a year so she could donate to Locks of Love.

    She wanted a professional look so we put her in a chic brown blazer from Talbot’s, which she can wear through fall and winter seasons. We paired it with a figure flattering skirt that is complete with built in control panels from TJ Maxx. Louis got right to work on her hair by giving her a classic bob style cut so she can wear her hair anyway that she wants. He lightened her hair to give it some shine, and added some face framing highlights. Her friends were stunned!

    Video: New mom gets ‘Ambushed!’
  • For her sweetheart

    TODAY
    Annette is from California and came to New York on vacation with nine of her closest friends. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart for nearly 23 years and is ready to surprise him with a brand-new look. She’s never colored her hair before and rarely wears any makeup.

    We put Annette in two classic items that are perfect for the fall and that she can incorporate into her own wardrobe — a stylish jacket and black skirt from Talbots. Louis cut her hair and softened the shade of her natural hair color, then added a few highlights around her face. Her friends were shocked!

    Video: Wine lover gets ‘Ambushed!’
  • Nurse gets Rx for style

    TODAY
    Kelly is a hospice nurse and this is her first time in New York. She is the mother of six kids, ranging in age from 14 to 25. She spends most of her time taking care of others at her job, as well as at home, so she deserves a glamorous new look.

    We styled Kelly in a leopard-print dress from Talbots, paired with tights and black boots from Payless. Louis got to work by cutting her hair. He gave her a very easy style with layers and bangs. He also deepened her natural blond hair color and gave her highlights to show off her eye color. Her relatives were speechless!

    Video: Wine lover gets ‘Ambushed!’
  • Teacher gets 'Mad Men' style

    TODAY
    Emily is a high school teacher from Virginia and is in New York with her friend on their day off from work. She’s never colored her hair before and doesn’t wear makeup, so her friend jumped at the opportunity for us to glam her up.

    We gave her a classic “Mad Men” look with a fabulous gray dress from Macy’s and black patent leather heels from Nine West. We topped off the look with a gorgeous pearl necklace from Kohl's. Louis got to work on her hair by straightening her curls and giving her a layered shoulder-length cut. He also changed her hair color to a warm strawberry-blond shade. Her friend was amazed!

    Video: Woman gets makeover thanks to Ambushed friend
  • Empty nester gets chic

    TODAY
    Vivian came to New York with her friend in hopes of getting a makeover. For the past 20 years she’s been a housewife, but now that her two kids are in college she’s looking for a job and needs a fresh new look to jumpstart the process.

    We put her in a stylish navy blazer from Macy’s that goes along with this season’s new metallic trend. We topped off the look with a pencil skirt and a gold necklace from Kohl's. Louis got to work by changing her hair color to light brown and adding highlights to soften her skin tone and cover her grays. He gave her a chic bob, which made her look years younger. Her friend was shocked!

    Video: Woman gets makeover thanks to Ambushed friend
  • Brain surgery patient gets a hot new look

    TODAY

    Barbara came to New York with her husband on vacation with hopes of getting a new look. Two years ago, she survived having 4 inches of her brain removed. All of her hair has finally grown back, so she is ready for a fresh start.

    We put in her a fabulous red dress from Jones NY, available at Macy's (www.macy's.com). We topped the look off with a stunning necklace from Kohl’s (www.kohls.com ) and knee-high black boots. Louis got to work, changing her hair color to light brown and adding highlights to soften her skin tone. He also gave her hair a simple wash-and-wear cut by adding super layers, which gave her some depth. Now Barbara doesn’t have to do a thing to look amazing every day. Her husband was speechless!

    Video: Brain surgery patient gets makeover
  • Sexy and sleek

    TODAY
    Danielle is in New York visiting her boyfriend, with whom she got back together at their high school reunion. Realizing her hairstyle hadn't changed since her school days and tired of her curls, Danielle now wants a sexy, straight style to match her New York City makeover.

    We put her in a black embroidered skirt from Macy's (www.macys.com) paired with a super-chic Calvin Klein leather jacket and a black Ralph Lauren T-shirt. Louis got to work by giving her a very glamorous asymmetrical hair cut. He softened her base color and added bold honey highlights throughout her hair. Danielle’s boyfriend was stunned!

    Video: Brain surgery patient gets makeover
  • Tamed tresses

    TODAY
    Mary is from New Jersey and came to New York with her family with the sole goal of getting a makeover. She is currently training for a marathon and says she’s been too afraid to change her unruly hair.

    We put her in a fabulous turquoise dress by Calvin Klein that accentuates her figure, and is available at Macy’s (www.macys.com). We also gave her a pair of black boots from Nine West. Mary already had a beautiful auburn hair color, so Louis enhanced the color to soften her skin tone and cover her grays. He also cut her hair into a super-chic bob, giving her instant volume that isn't unruly. Mary’s family was stunned, and her husband called her “jaw-dropping.”

    Video: Ambush team tames mom’s wild tresses
  • Color me sexy

    TODAY
    Rita is from Virginia and needs her hair colored so badly that her sisters brought hair dye with them on their vacation. Now she’s ready for a hot new look.

    We put Rita in a pair of sassy ivory pants from Talbots (www.talbots.com), and finished off her look with a stunning blazer by Elie Tahari, available at Macy’s (www.macys.com). Louis cut her hair to make it appear fuller and added some warm honey highlights to spice up her dark hair color. Rita's sisters were shocked!

    Video: Ambush team tames mom’s wild tresses
  • Grandma's new style

    TODAY
    Sarah is from Virginia and is the mother of four kids and 12 grandkids (with one on the way). She says she’s never colored her hair and is stucki n a style rut. She is in New York for the first time and needs a brand new look!

    We put Sarah in a beautiful top by Elie Tahari, available at Macy’s (www.macys.com), and Hello! Skinny Jeans available at skinnyjeans.com. Louis cut 4 inches off of her hair and took her from a salt-and-pepper color to a richchestnut brown and added highlights. Sarah’s husband was stunned!

    Video: Yes, she has 13 grandkids!
  • Student gets sexy

    TODAY
    Meghan is a psychology student and single mom from Rhode Island. She is in New York for a girls trip and needs a hot new look!

    We put her in a stunning outfit all by Elie Tahari, available at Macy’s (www.macys.com), and topped off her look with shoes by Nina (www.ninashoes.com). Louis added soft layers to her hair and made her hair color a beautiful strawberry blond. Meghan’s friend was shocked!

    Video: Yes, she has 13 grandkids!
  • Lesson in style

    TODAY
    Greta is a teacher from Wisconsin who has been married for four years. She says she wants a hot new back-to-school look.

    We put Greta in a beautiful dress by Kay Unger, available at T.J. Maxx (www.tjmaxx.com). Louis cut 5 inches off her hair and gave her feminine layers to accentuate the shape of her face, then colored her hair light brown and added some golden highlights. Greta’s friend was stunned!

    Video: Ambush! Teacher’s new back-to-school look
  • Anniversary present

    TODAY
    Jackie is from Pennsylvania and has been married for 25 years. She has three sons and says most of her time is taken up in caring for them. Now she wants a stylish new look to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary.

    We put Jackie in a gorgeous dress by Elie Tahari, available at Macy’s (www.macys.com). Louis cut 7 inches off of her hair and added soft layers, then colored her hair a deep, rich brown. Jackie’s husband was so excited to see her!

    Video: Ambush! Teacher’s new back-to-school look
  • Tearful treat

    TODAY
    Jessie is from Illinois and is a mother of three who is married to her high school sweetheart. She never wears makeup, and when she was chosen for a hot new style, she burst into tears.

    We put Jessie in a stunning dress by Elie Tahari available at Macy’s (www.macys.com). Louis cut off 5 inches of her hair and gave her a modern bob with bangs. Jessie stunned her husband and cried even more when she saw herself.

    Video: ‘Best mom in the world’ gets Ambushed
  • Taking off 10 years

    TODAY

    Mary is from Virginia and is in New York to celebrate her niece’s graduation. Her niece says she desperately needs to color her hair and get a hot new style.

    We put Mary in a gorgeous dress by Elie Tahari available at Macy’s (www.macys.com). Louis cut off 3 inches of hair and gave her a rich golden color. Mary’s niece was shocked!

    Video: ‘Best mom in the world’ gets Ambushed
  • Hot new hair

    TODAY

    Claudette is from New Jersey and has had the same look since her wedding day. She wants an updated style to surprise her husband. We put her in a stunning skirt by Elie Tahari and a top by Ralph Lauren, both available at Macy’s (www.macys.com).

    We topped off her look with shoes by Nina (www.ninashoes.com). Louis cut 5 inches off her hair and gave her soft, feminine layers. Claudette could hardly recognize herself!

    Video: Ambush team helps grandma tame frizzies
  • Schooled on a new look

    TODAY

    Lisa is a teacher from Florida who has been married for 17 years. She needs a hot new look!

    We put her in a gorgeous dress by White House Black Market (www.whitehouseblackmarket.com) and topped off her look with beige shoes by Nina (www.ninashoes.com). Louis cut 4 inches off her hair, lightened her base color and added some highlights. Lisa’s son was shocked. “What happened?” he said.

    Video: Ambush team helps grandma tame frizzies
  • Hairdresser goes in the chair

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    Sharrie is a retired hairdresser from Idaho. She has been married for 21 years and says she wants a chic new style.

    We put Sharrie in a stunning dress by Elie Tahari, a Ralph Lauren blazer, and Nina heels all available at Macy’s (www.macys.com). Louis lightened the back of her hair, then brightened her locks to a natural, light golden red. Sharrie’s daughter and friends were ecstatic!

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  • Mom gets hot new look

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    Lovely is from New York City, has two children, four grandchildren, and has been married for 47 years. She barely wears makeup and needs a hot new look! 

    We put Lovely in a gorgeous knit skirt by Ming Wang, an Elie Tahari camisole and an Anne Klein sweater, all available at Macy’s (www.macys.com). We finished her look by adding a faux crocodile belt from Ann Taylor to accentuate her waist.  Louis got chopped off 8 inches of hair and added layers to the end. He softened the color to a medium brown and added some highlights.  Lovely’s family was shocked!

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  • Teacher is bad to the bone

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    Dawn is from Massachusetts and has two kids. She’s a teacher who’s bad to the bone, riding motorcycles in her spare time. She’s ready to swap out her jeans for a hot new look.

    We put Dawn in a flirty, edgy outfit by Elie Tahari, available at Macy’s (www.macys.com). Louis cut 4 inches off her hair and added bangs. He lightened her base color and gave her highlights. Dawn’s family was shocked!

    Video: Ambush! Mom spices up 27-year-marriage with new look
  • Spicing up marriage with color

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    Karen is a teacher from Texas who has been married for 27 years and has two kids. She has never colored her hair, and her husband says he’d love to see her grays covered.

    We put Karen in a stunning dress by Elie Tahari, available at Macy’s (www.macys.com). We topped off her look with shoes by Nina (www.ninashoes.com). Louis chopped off 7 inches of Karen’s hair! He gave her a layered bob, and made her color a vibrant blond. Karen’s husband could hardly contain himself!

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  • Cancer survivor's new look

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    Vivian is a cancer survivor from West Virginia and has three daughters and six grandchildren. She says she rarely goes shopping, and when she does, it’s at the dollar store.

    We put Vivian in a gorgeous jacket by Mossini, available at T.J. Maxx (www.tjmaxx.com), with jeans by Inc available at Macy’s (www.macys.com). We topped off her look with jewelry by Sequin from Henri Bendel (www.henribendel.com). Louis cut her hair, adding layers and bangs to frame her face, He made her color a warm golden blond. Vivian’s family was stunned!

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  • Hot teacher

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    Cheryl is from New Delhi, India and has been married for 39 years. She hasn’t had her hair professionally done in four years. Now, she wants to be the hottest teacher in country.

    We put Cheryl in a fun, flirty dress by Tahari available at Macy’s (www.macys.com) and finished off her look with jewelry by Kendra Scott (www.kendrascott.com). Louis gave her a short, layered bob, with peek-a-boo bangs. He made her hair a darker auburn to complement her skin color. Cheryl’s husband was shocked! 

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  • 50 and fabulous

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    Maria is from Nova Scotia, Canada, and will be celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary. She is also turning 50 soon, and says she does not want to be “frumpy”.

    We put Maria in a gorgeous outfit from Talbots (www.talbots.com). We topped off her look with jewelry by Sequin from Henri Bendel (www.henribendel.com). Louis cut off 6 inches of hair, adding side-swept bangs to give her sexy style. He made her color light brown and added highlights. Maria’s husband was stunned!

    Video: Ambush! 50-year-old trades frump for fab
  • Hot mama

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    Maureen is from Massachusetts and is in New York with her daughters. She says it’s time for a hot new look, and her children agree.

    We put Maureen in a beautiful dress by Suzi Chin, available at Macy’s (www.macys.com) and finished off her look with shoes by Nina (www.ninashoes.com). Louis gave her hair feminine layers, framing her face and colored it a warm strawberry-blond. Maureen’s daughters were shocked!

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  • Grandmother gets hot style

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    Kathy is from Florida and is in New York with her family. She has been married for seven years, has two kids and two grandkids. She needs a new look for her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, and her husband says he wants her to look like a “hot mama.”

    We put Kathy in a stunning top by Cachet and a DKNY skirt, both available at Macy’s (www.macys.com). Louis cut off 5 inches from her hair. He took her from a dishwater-blond to a light brown and added highlights. Kathy’s family was stunned!

    Video: Ambush! Grandma gets a ‘hot mama’ look
  • New look brings joyful tears

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    Pam is from Colorado and needs a new look. She’s only colored her hair from a box, and says she wants a new hairstyle. Her daughter says she wants her mom to be pampered. “It’s good that she has something for herself,” she said.

    We put Pam in a gorgeous dress by Sue Wong Nocturne, available at Macy’s (www.macys.com). Louis gave her a modern A-line bob and he also made her hair color a rich chestnut brown. Pam’s daughter was so shocked she started crying!

    Video: Ambush! Grandma gets a ‘hot mama’ look
  • Nurse needs new Rx for 'Sex' style

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    Terri, 44, is in New York with her co-workers and friends for a “Sex and the City”-inspired vacation. The nurse, wife and mom of three kids considers herself the “Charlotte” of the group. She has had the same style for 20 years is now ready to look sleek and sophisticated like her favorite “Sex and the City” character.

    We put Terri in a beautiful dress by Linda Bernell (available at www.macys.com).

    Louis got busy and cut off 5 inches! He took her hair from a light dull brown to a rich chestnut brown and added highlights. Terri’s family was stunned!

    Video: Watch how our beauty experts transformed Terri
  • Mother of two 'ready to take the gray away'

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    Sherry, 43, is a friend and co-worker of Terri's. She is enjoying her girls trip to New York, but is ready for a brand-new look. The mom of two kids has been married for 22 years and is the “Miranda” of the group. Sherry says she’s “ready to take the gray away.”

    We put her in a gorgeous skirt by Ming Wang (www.mingwangknits.com) and finished off her look with beautiful jacket from T.J. Maxx (www.tjmaxx.com). Louis got to work and dyed her hair a warm auburn and added layers. Sherry was shocked! Video: Ambush! Pals go from drab to fab

  • She goes from braid to babe

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    Carol, 55, was selected as the winner of the TODAY and iVillage Ambush Makeover contest. She's visiting New York from Wisconsin, and needs a brand-new look for her son’s upcoming wedding.

    We put Carol in a beautiful two-piece outfit by Xscape, available at Macy’s. Louis got busy and cut off over 2 feet of hair! He took her from a light dull brown to a dark, rich chestnut brown.

    Video: Watch the reaction of Carol's husband to her extreme makeover
  • Celebrating her daughter with a makeover!

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    Tori, 51, is in New York from Colorado. A mom of three, she's celebrating her daughter’s high school graduation. She decided it was time to update her look.

    We put Tori in a gorgeous dress by Tiana B., which is available at T.J. Maxx.Louis took off 8 inches of hair and gave her a layered cut with side-swept bangs. He also colored her hair dark blond and added subtle highlights, making her look years younger.

    Video: Watch how our beauty experts transformed Tori

Photos: Kate Middleton’s spot-on princess style

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  1. Princess style

    On the left, Princess Diana wore an elegant pink gown to the opera in Milan in 1985. Kate Middleton chose the same color halter dress for a Starlight Children's Foundation event in 2008.

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  2. Whimsical hats

    Princess Anne of England matched a fun orange hat to her suit at the Ascot Racecourse in 2009, the same year Kate paired a matching hat with her lavender coat at the wedding of a British aristocrat. (Samir Hussein/WireImage; Indigo/Getty via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Equestrian chic

    Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco looked ready to ride in 2003 at the International Horse Jumping Show. Kate Middleton went for a similar look with tall riding boots and a crisp white skirt in 2007 at the Badminton Horse Trials.

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  4. Classic coats

    Princess Caroline of Monaco looked chic in a classic trench in London in 1973. The same style still looked fresh on Kate Middleton in 2008 as she watched Prince William receive his military pilot's wings. (Popperfoto/Getty; Michael Dunlea/AP via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Holiday wear

    Princess Diana wore a red coat and black hat on Christmas Day in 1993. Kate wore the same winning combination during the 2006 holidays.

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  6. Royal blues

    Crown Princess Mary of Denmark looked elegant in a teal gown at a birthday celebration. Kate Middleton looked equally regal in a blue halter at a charity gala in 2006. (Tim Rooke/Rex; JPI via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Black and white

    Princess Diana dressed in a chic black and white skirt suit at Royal Albert Hall in 1990. Kate dressed similarly to receive her diploma from the University of St. Andrews in 2005.

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  8. Feathered hats

    Princess Diana wore a feathered hat for outing in Pembrokeshire in 1981, while Kate Middleton wore an almost-identical one to a wedding in 2006. (Jayne Fincher/Getty; Tim Graham/Getty via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Metallic gowns

    Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wore a beautiful bronze silk gown to a banquet for the Danish Royals in 2007. Kate opted for an elegant chrome-colored gown for the annual Starlight Children's Foundation event in 2009.

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  10. Feminine florals

    Queen Rania of Jordan chose a delicate floral dress for a Royal Military Academy parade in 2006. In 2007, Kate Middleton wore a similar carefree look on a walk through West London. (MJ Kim/Getty; Ramey Photo via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Fur hats

    Princess Marie Chantal of Greece wore a luxurious fur hat to the wedding of the Dutch Crown Princess in 2002. In 2006, Kate kept warm in a fur hat at the Cheltenham Races.

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  12. Polka dots

    Princess Diana looked glamorous in a red polka-dot dress at the premiere of "For Your Eyes Only" in 1981. Kate Middleton dazzled in the same pattern at the Chakravarty Polo Match in 2006. (Tim Graham/Getty; Rex via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Menswear

    Princess Diana went shopping at Harvey Nichols in 1995 wearing an understated neutral pant paired with a blazer. Kate Middleton dressed almost identically 10 years later out and about in London.

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