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MAKING IT OVER | TWO COUPLES DARE TO UPDATE THEIR HAIRSTYLES AND JUMP-START SWEETEST DAYTHE WINNERS | THE MAKEOVERS | THE GAMES BEGIN
The Beacon News – Aurora (IL) October 17, 1997 In their real lives, they are working mothers, busy fathers and harried wives. But for several hours last week, they were the Pampered Four.
Angela and Lee Randall of Geneva and Ray and Cindy Cook of Shorewood each underwent a makeover as winners in the Copley Newspapers Sweetest Day Makeover Contest at the Vidal Sassoon salon at Water Tower Place in Chicago.
For hours, hair stylists primped, highlighted, consulted, cut, trimmed and poufed as the Cooks and the Randalls prepared for dinner at the Fairmont Hotel’s Ristorante Primavera later that evening.
Being pampered, as the four learned, takes hard work.
And a bit of daring.
But the two couples came out with fresh faces and updated hairstyles that transformed them into VIPs for the evening.
Angela and Lee Randall spend a lot of time caring for their four children, Drew, 12; Annalise, 10; Rachel, 6 and Leeann, 1. Their Geneva home is the third in four years.
As an accountant, Lee frequently changes job locations.
“There hasn’t been much time and energy to worry about looking good,” Angela wrote in her entry for the contest.
Married 16 years, the couple yearns for some adult time away.
Still, they are dieting and trying to carve time into their lives.
Cindy and Ray Cook are bound to the caring and raising of 18-month-old Jonathan, who was born with a rare genetic defect that doctors said would kill him shortly after birth. go to site men s haircuts
Not only did Jonathan defy the doctor’s odds by surviving his birth, but celebrated his first birthday.
He has been hospitalized 16 times, and must be fed through a feeding tube.
Easter Seals and a support network of family and friends relieves Cindy and Ray occasionally from the constant care Jonathan needs.
“Being pampered for an afternoon along with a dinner would be wonderful,” wrote Cindy, a social worker with the Will County Cooperative for Special Education.
Michael Davis analyzes the four with a keen eye.
As head stylist for Vidal Sassoon’s only salon in the Chicago area, he is in charge of carrying out the fashion mogul’s mission: to shape hot hair styles for easy care.
The Sassoon hairstyling philosophy is cut and dry.
Sassoon styles work with the hair, not against it.
None of the sleek-looking stations at the salon have curling irons.
“We work more with shapes,” added Cordy, who cut Lee Randall’s hair.
“We give them a haircut they can do at home.” First, the diagnosis on the women.
Angela, with long fine reddish-blonde hair, needs a bit darker highlights to bring depth to her fair-skinned face. in our site men s haircuts
“Bangs are a problem,” said Angela to Michael.
Her new style would bring her hair just below shoulder length, with just enough layering to keep it from fanning out and a different cut on the bangs to keep them from swooping forward.
Cindy’s medium-length hairstyle doesn’t work anymore for her, she says. “I’m in a rut.” Her frosted locks are uneven enough to give her hair an unfinished look.
Her perm is growing out.
Michael recommends a style that livens up her dying perm, reshapes her hair to bring out the features on her chiseled face and suggests some work to even out the tones.
Now, the men.
Lee, like many Baby Boomers, faces a receding hairline with baby fine hair. And, Angela noted, his mustache is too long, scratching her when they kiss. His hair is fairly short, but shaped wrong for his head, Michael and his team decide.
And Lee acedes to a bit of highlighting himself.
Ray, it appears at first, is a lost cause for being made over.
He sports a buzz haircut and a short mustache.
But stylist Lori Potochnick finds a way to buzz the buzz.
The team members (at Sassoon, no stylist works alone, but with a group in sync for all things hair) roll out black carts with pods filled blue, crimson, yellow and gold hair coloring.
The highlighting gels get applied with artistic brushstrokes and wrapped in foil.
Then it’s to the heating station, where tentacles of coils surround Cindy’s head, incubating her highlights.
Angela, only needing a slight color shift, is wrapped in foil with darker tones and left to develop.
Lee, with barely a dozen hairs painted, gets the tentacles.
Then it’s back to the shampoo bay, where Charles, whose chunky shoes help him tower over his clients, rinses.
Cindy gets a deep conditioning treatment.
Angela finds herself with the services of Theresa Tufte, who enjoys the slight wave in her client’s hair.
“Suitability is always the way to go,” Tufte said.
The men’s haircuts soften their rounded faces.
Ray Cook, sans mustache, appears a bit thinner and younger.
Potochnik took something off the side. Lee’s new ‘do appears more professional by not being so rounded.
Angela’s new look makes her hair lusher, with a few adjustments on the bangs.
Still, it’s a look that feels a bit uncomfortable on Angela, like a new coat that needs some working in.
Cindy raves about her new style, which frames her face and takes a lot of weight off her head without losing body.
Ignacia Garcia, who sports a sterling silver post through her chin, applies makeup on the women as they prepare for dinner.
No wild transformations.
No spikes or names carved into heads.
Just an adjustment to styles that work better for the men and women.
Davis, whose bald head and long goatee would indicate otherwise, takes a conservative approach when doing hair.
“What’s really wild is something that’s been thought out very carefully and executed with skill,” he said.