You don't need to lose weight or spend thousands on clothes to make yourself over. Sometimes, a great haircut and better brows can offer the new, amplified image you're seeking. We recently asked who among you wanted a different look. The response was overwhelming. We chose three women to revamp, and the professionals at Charles Penzone Salons used their expertise to do just that. Here, we showcase the results.

THE TWENTYSOMETHING

Mallory Sribanditmongkol
Bio: 23 years old, Gahanna resident, communication specialist at Safelite

ON NEEDING A NEW LOOK:
"I've always looked really young for my age, and that's fine but I just got my master's, I got married, I'm buying a house. It's time for me to look a little bit older, I think. I feel like people don't take me seriously sometimes. My hair's been varying lengths and varying colors of red for several years."

ON HER NEW LOOK
"I like it. In the beginning, I didn't think it was going to be that much different because it didn't seem like we cut that much hair off, and the color didn't seem that different but I feel like I do look a lot different. But I'm still me."

PRO TIPS

On red hair:
"Red's going to be big this fall," said Olivia Heather, senior director of Q the Salon. She cautioned Sribanditmongkol against washing her hair in hot water, which can speed up how quickly red hair color fades, she said.

On powder:
After applying eyeshadow, tap a round brush in translucent powder and wipe it beneath the eyes to remove any fallen eyeshadow without smearing it, said Jade Piatt, licensed esthetician at MAX the Salon in the Short North.

On 20-something makeup:
"She's younger, so she can be a lot more daring with makeup," Piatt said. "To look more mature, it just has to be a little more polished. But she can still play with color."


THE THIRTYSOMETHING


Kim Reynolds
Bio: 36 years old, Ostrander resident, stay-at-home mom of three young boys

ON NEEDING A NEW LOOK:
"I am a stay-at-home mom to three boys ages 7, 5 and 2. I am outnumbered in this house and no one likes to give me time to make myself look presentable, much less look good. I would like to show my boys that mom can look pretty."

ON HER NEW LOOK
"I think it's awesome. I love my hair. I was nervous about that coming in, but I'm very excited about it. I think it will be really easy (to upkeep). The boys are going to be able to tell; they'll like it."

PRO TIPS

On updating highlights:
Color blocking is an updated interpretation of traditional highlights, MAX the Salon senior director Kat Sasfy said. After getting the length about right, she dried Reynolds' hair and then snipped out a lot of the bulk.

On the lips:
With makeup, you really only want to play up one feature at a time, said Aja Wukusick, a licensed esthetician at The Charles Penzone Grand Salon in Dublin. She chose to highlight Reynolds' lips with red.

On seasonal makeup trends:
Don't wear seasonal makeup colors (like browns, greens and plums in fall, for example) if they don't flatter you, Wukusick warned. "You've got to make the trend work for you." Experiment with new colors, she said, and only wear what enhances your look.

THE FORTYSOMETHING

Susan Berry
Bio: 43 years old, Laurelville resident, stay-at-home mom of four

ON NEEDING A NEW LOOK:
"My 17-year-old daughter said, 'Mom, we're going to enter this contest.' She took my entry photo. I've been a mom for so long that this is just supposed to be for me. This is my time. I've had grey hair since I was 13. It's hereditary."

ON HER NEW LOOK
"My husband should take me out tonight. I'm speechless. This is not me; this is someone else. I love my haircut. He (Gary Motto) is a miracle worker."

PRO TIPS

On easy hair:
Gary Motto, senior director at MAX the Salon-Short North, stuck with the warm tones of Berry's original hair by going with a dark shade and a few lighter strands. The bob shape will be easy for her to blow dry and style, he said.

On concealing eye lines:
Use a brush to dab on cream concealer in the delicate under-eye area. Adrian Davis, a master esthetician with The Charles Penzone Grand Salon in Dublin, advises using a shade one to two levels lighter than your skin tone.

On not overdoing it:
Adrian used a light hand to apply eyeshadow and liner for Berry, who "isn't one to wear much makeup." Said Adrian: "They're colors that will show up, but they're not heavy."