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Cancer survivor's Ambush Makeover leaves her in disbelief: 'This is me?!'

It was a windy day out on the plaza, but that didn't stop our Ambush Makeover team from finding two incredibly deserving women for head-to-toe makeovers. These ladies — one a cancer survivor, the other a caregiver — displayed truly beautiful hearts, so we couldn't help but treat them to a day full of pampering and relaxation.

Celebrity hairstylist Louis Licari and Today Style Squad member Jill Martin took the reigns for glamorous transformations that left both women stunned!

Cathy Hartley

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Cathy Hartley before her Ambush Makeover.

Cancer survivor Cathy Hartley had completely lost her hair after going through chemotherapy treatments, but now she's celebrating 22 months of being cancer-free. We can't think of a better way to join the celebration than with a morning full of pampering. The empty nester just turned 57 years old yesterday, and she's ready for a change to mark this new chapter in her life!

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We can't get enough of this beautiful transformation!

Hartley strut her stuff out onto the Studio 1A red carpet looking like a million bucks in a stunning gold lace gown. She told Martin that she wanted to wear a dress because she never really gets the chance to, and we have to say Martin's choice of this sophisticated cocktail dress knocks it out of the park!

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Hairstylist Arsen Gurgov kept the length Hartley had been growing out for 22 months and added a few soft layers to even out the weight of her gorgeous, thick hair. Licari created a soft brown color to complement her warm skin tone and brighten her entire face.

We love this transformation, and it seems that Hartley's loving it, too! Check out the item below to get her look.

Metallic Lace Sheath Dress, $384, Lord & Taylor

Lord & Taylor

Cathy Pergandi

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Cathy Pergandi before the Ambush team took over.

Cathy Pergandi is a caregiver to her 92-year-old mother and 59-year-old brother, who is developmentally disabled and lives with her and her husband. Pergandi, 64, is honored to care for her family members but admits it can be hard sometimes. We decided to give this deserving woman a day to relax while the rest of the team took care of her.

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She came to the plaza with her daughter Joanna, who said she's never really seen her mom without her gray hair. We couldn't wait to see how the Ambush team decided to transform her tresses!

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Pergandi's red-hot makeover is amazing!

Gurgov cut off a few inches to create a chin-length bob with minimal layering for a sophisticated look. Licari chose a warm honey color for an elegant and understated touch of color.

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Martin completed the look with flowing separates and skinny pants that highlighted Pergandi's fabulous figure. The entire look is perfect for a day of running around and can be transitioned from day to night with the addition of a statement earring or some heeled booties.

Check out all the pieces from her incredible new look below. Congrats to both ladies on their well-deserved makeovers!

Mid-Length Tank, $49, Clara Sunwoo

Clara Sunwoo

Drape Tunic Cardigan, $79, Clara Sunwoo

Clara Sunwoo

Pull-On Skinny Pant, $79, Clara Sunwoo

Clara Sunwoo

Livia Tassel Pendant, $48, Baublebar

Baublebar
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