Ambush Makeover

See this hardworking mom of 4 and Army veteran get the makeover she deserves!

July 31, 2014 at 12:47 PM ET

Two hardworking moms who’ve spent years putting others first came to the TODAY plaza on Thursday to get some long overdue attention — Ambush Makeovers!

First up was Jennifer Cox from Frisco, Texas, a 42-year-old mother of two boys and physical therapist who’s constantly caring for others, both at work and at home.

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Jennifer Cox before her makeover.

Her husband, Kevin, was thrilled when his wife was chosen — but only because it’s something that would make Jennifer happy.  

“I think she looks great just the way she is,” He told TODAY’s Jill Martin. “But she wants to do this, so I’m excited for her.”

Jennifer came out wearing a form-fitting V-neck blue dress and rocking a new, stylish hairdo. And while her husband and two sons were thrilled with her new look, Jennifer’s reaction to her long-deserved updated look was equally heartwarming.

Ta-da! Jennifer's new look.

“Oh my god, I feel so grown up!” she exclaimed.  

Tara Green, a mother of four who’s planning to start her first job since leaving the Army 15 years ago, was hoping a makeover would give her the new professional look she needs.

“I’ve never worked in the workforce,” the 42-year-old from West Point, New York, told TODAY’s Jill Martin. “I need help.”

Tara Green, before her makeover.

She came out in a flattering (and business-appropriate!) green and black dress and a short, layered cut and color.

Tara lightened up with a fun, fresh cut.

And once she got a glimpse of herself in the mirror, it was clear her appearance was just the look she was hoping for.

“I don’t recognize myself!” she exclaimed, happily.

Video: Hairstylist Louis Licari and TODAY contributor Jill Martin pluck two from the plaza to give them chic haircuts and upgraded styles.

Tara’s four children and family were also happy that the selfless mom was finally getting the beautification she deserved.

“We love it,” Her family said. “She’s beautiful.” 

Peter Kramer
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