TODAY   |  March 20, 2014

Mom feels like Cinderella after ambush makeover

Hair stylist to the stars Louis Licari and TODAY contributor Jill Martin make over a woman who’s on her first trip to New York, as well as a wife who always wanted a new look.

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>>> all right, we're back on this thirsty thursday. and it is time for "ambush makeovers."

>> if you haven't heard, that's when two lucky ladies get plucked from the plaza, whisked into our studio and head in for head to toe makeovers.

>> hard at work as always, contributor to the stars, everybody sing , louis licari.

>> and "today" contributor and contributing editor of "people style watch" and author jill martin.

>> hi, kids. how were the pickings out there today?

>> spring! can you believe it?

>> decorated so nicely.

>> beautiful , beautiful day .

>> big crowd, huh?

>> completely filled every inch. we had many to pick from, easy job.

>> carol burt was first. 35 years old from nova scotia , a second grade teacher, three young kids of her own. she would love to do her hair more regularly but doesn't have time in the morning. she's excited for her husband to see the reaction to her brand-new makeover when she gets home. let's listen to her story.

>> i thought you were sisters. you look gorgeous.

>> thank you.

>> i know you're so excited for your daughter.

>> i can't believe she's going to get a makeover. i can't believe it.

>> why do you want this for her?

>> i treated her to new york, it is our first time, mom/daughter travel together, so she needed a break. she's got three kids, a husband, i just want her to have a good time.

>> i know you're saying, hooray.

>> so excited. this is amazing. this is going to be awesome. hi, ross.

>> going to be surprised.

>> going to be awesome.

>> so cute. all right. please keep your blindfold on for a second, okay?

>> just beaming.

>> here is tara 's before shot. all right, tara , let's see the new you. come on out.

>> oh, yeah.

>> all right, mom. all right, heather, take off your blindfold. take a look at your daughter. over here.

>> oh, my gosh.

>> are you ready?

>> spin around, right here.

>> oh, my god.

>> so pretty.

>> you look beautiful .

>> fantastic.

>> spin right around and look at the camera.

>> tell us about the hair.

>> i just wanted to make tara feel like cinderella in her first trip to new york. what i did is i took her hair color , very close to her natural color, some highlights, warmed them up, but still nuances of color and today we had igor, who gave her this great haircut.

>> nice job, igor.

>> all this hair, it was doing too much hair. and he layered it, shaped it and now we can see her beautiful face. she is gorgeous.

>> heather, tell us.

>> she's absolutely beautiful , but i knew that always.

>> that dress --

>> i know.

>> she just whispered in my ear, i always wanted her to have red hair .

>> beautiful .

>> great.

>> the dress is new. it has built in control panels, which is always great. and self-tanner on your legs. if you're not going to wear hose --

>> that looks good.

>> all right. big round of applause for tara . you can join your mother. our second lady is carol, she's 50. from ringo, new jersey. carol lives on a farm, gives riding lessons, she tends more time tending to her horses than to herself. she's always wanted to change her look but never worked up the courage to go for it. let's listen to her story.

>> so you're here to celebrate the national day of happiness. and this is a happy thing.

>> wonderful. very excited.

>> you told me you've always wanted something like this. i know it is a dream come true.

>> yes. see it on tv all the time. tell my husband all the time, love to have that happen to me. exciting.

>> will he be surprised?

>> yes, very excited. very surprised, yes.

>> i'm going to make you sexy and hot.

>> okay. sounds great.

>> absolutely. all right. she's here with her friends april and kelly. please leave the blindfolds on. let's look at carol. bring out carol now!

>> wow.

>> great.

>> she looks great. all right, ladies, take off your blindfolds.

>> what?

>> i'm going to --

>> it is pretty stunning. stunning.

>> turn around, carol and look at what they're looking at.

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

>> don't you --

>> are you okay?

>> oh, my god.

>> let's start here. we should start here. what do you think?

>> i've known her for 24 years and -- you look awesome.

>> she's either really happy for you or really jealous.

>> no, happy.

>> oh, my god.

>> wow.

>> you look beautiful .

>> you do.

>> there you go. she's going to be -- this is the ep epitome of chic. it is high but more connected to the sides. the base color, her hair was just turning a little bit too dark and she was just at the beginning of a few grays to make her look a pinch dull.

>> just beautiful . the bangs.

>> she had a little bit -- her skin tone was a little bit red so enid evened it out a little bit and kept it natural looking.

>> that dress.

>> that's adorable.

>> i love this best friend situation. we all have a friend like this and it is so nice.

>> lace, another big trend for south africa spring.

>> tara , come on out. big