TODAY   |  September 05, 2013

‘Menopause mom’ gets an Ambush Makeover

Stylist to the stars Louis Licari and TODAY contributor Jill Martin select two women who visited the plaza and give them a sexy new look, including a viewer who has dubbed herself “menopause mom.”

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>>> were saying, hodie, you're so hot.

>> can i tell you how badly i've messed up my phone. just look.

>> she's got hundreds. hundreds and hundreds.

>> all righty. time for our plaza ambush makeover . at the crack of dawn, two lovely ladies were picked from our crowd outside to get a total head to toe redo.

>> working their makeover magic, louis licari. la, la, la, la, la

>> and "today" contributor and contributing editor for "people style watch," jill martin. how was it today?

>> good. plenty of signs. we had a very special sign.

>> they held it up and we got it.

>> elise is turning 60 this month from san jose , california. her older sister elaine -- hello -- wants her baby sister to have a brand new look to celebrate this new decade in her life. let's listen to her story.

>> i love it. so you already cut your hair. you're ready for your 60th but you want this for your sister who is already crying. tell me why.

>> she's just been a helpful person all her life to our neighbors and many of our nieces and nephews. and i just think she'd look good in short hair like mine.

>> and i love that you made an appointment at louis licari tomorrow, just in case we didn't pick you. so you are ready for all of this?

>> yes, i'm so excited.

>> i'm ready for her.

>> i want to look younger like my sister.

>> don't worry. we'll tell you.

>> how cute are they?

>> so here -- elaine , just please keep your blindfold on for a second. here's elise before. all right, elise . let's see the new you.

>> she's going to be gorgeous.

>> oh, my gosh! oh, yeah.

>> all right. are you ready?

>> are you ready, elaine ? take off your blindfold?

>> oh, wow.

>> you look great.

>> are you ready?

>> turn right here.

>> oh, my gosh.

>> tell us about the hair.

>> the first thing i did was i tempered my red here. i wanted her to be lighter.

>> it's pretty, though.

>> it's a barely there strawberry. vanessa gave her this great haircut which just is a modern updated bob which is so chic. and the bangs, which as we all know, are better than botox which is why you look younger.

>> elaine , what do you think?

>> you look great. you look really good.

>> and that outfit. she's in a little leather.

>> it's available at edress me. this is a detachable peplum. you can take it and wear it over jeans. also if you have a bigger back side it covers up. this is a great option.

>> a big round of applause. terrific.

>> join your sister, sweetdie.

>> sandra harris is from oakwood, virginia. she's dying to get a brand new look to help combat how old she's feeling now that she's experiencing menopause. boy, just wait, honey. let's listen to her story.

>> well, we couldn't miss her in the crowd. menopause momma needs a makeover. i guess you really want this?

>> yes, ma'am. i really, really want this.

>> tell me why. you told me a little bit outside.

>> i just feel ike i'm aged and i look old and i'm tired. so i feel like i need a new me.

>> well, it's 7:00 and we are going to make you look fabulous.

>> all right!

>> by 10:12 .

>> thank you so much. thank you. thank you!

>> now someone is calling me on my watch.

>> of course they are.

>> she's here with her kids chris and hope. let's take one last look at sandra before. there she is. let's bring out the new sandra harris.

>> oh, nice. all right.

>> chris and open, take it off.

>> oh, my god!

>> you look hot.

>> quite the change. turn around, sandra . give yourself a good look.

>> put your glasses on.

>> oh!

>> awesome.

>> you look beautiful.

>> thank you.

>> it's great.

>> we didn't do anything. they did it all. they did it all.

>> so we -- i don't think, sandra , i don't think you look old. i think your hair just looked a little bit, like you --

>> it dragged her down.

>> so again, this is a great haircut by vanessa. very similar but different because of the different hair texture from the first one.

>> i love the color. that's really pretty.

>> i softened that color, added the highlights and, again, keep the makeup minimal to stay young.

>> and that dress, come on.

>> great lbd for fall. from london times . and a statement necklace. you can wear this with jeans also.

>> are you loving?

>> i love it.

>> of course you do.

>> take your mom to lunch after this show. congratulations.