It's a Mother's Day

See the transformations of three always-on-the-go moms, winners of Cleveland Magazine’s reader-makeover contest, as they receive a day of pampering that includes everything from cut and color to makeup.
Kerry Kelly
Age: 33
Makeover by: La Coiffe Hair Salon, Pepper Pike
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On most days, Kerry Kelly doesn’t make it out of her pajamas. Instead, she combs her 7-month-old daughter Sarah’s hair, brushes her two little teeth and gets her dolled up for the day.

“My life isn’t about me anymore,” says the 33-year-old. In the last year, she bought her first home with her husband, Ben, and then a short time later found out she was pregnant. After being laid off from her job, Kerry decided to be a stay-at-home mom. “In my 20s, it was all about me. I could do anything I wanted. But that’s different now, ” she says. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

But today is all about her as Kerry enters La Coiffe Hair Salon and Spa in Pepper Pike and meets stylist Kristin Samsa.

After surveying Kerry’s long hair, Kristin decides to even out the back to create more movement while softening the front with framing around her face. “I want to spruce it up and add some character,” says Kristin, “but keep it low-maintenance because she has a baby.”

Next, colorist Erin Andrews warms up Kerry’s base color and adds some caramel highlights using a French technique called balayage, meaning “to sweep,” in which highlights are painted on by hand. “We can control the color to get it exactly where we want it to be,” says Erin. “It allows us to be more creative, too.”

When the color is complete, Kristin personalizes the cut, trimming Kerry’s hair as it falls naturally so “it will be easier to style,” she says.

Kristin spritzes a sea salt spray on Kerry’s roots for some texture and shares a secret for getting an easy voluminous look — Velcro rollers. “You can leave them in and run around the house after your daughter,” she tells Kerry.

“It looks so much better,” Kerry says after seeing the finished product. “It looks so much healthier!”

Because Kerry’s hair is now a warmer tone, esthetician Elena Karlak shapes and tints her eyebrows, too, using a vegetable-based dye before getting her into the makeup chair. For a mom who only sometimes wears mascara and lip gloss, Elena decides on a natural-looking eye with red lips for Kerry. “But since she doesn’t wear lot of makeup, we’re going to do a toned-down version,” she says.

Kerry starts to glow the minute Elena applies a light foundation, mauve eye shadow, very soft pink blush and a natural rose lip pencil. Elena tops off the look with a layer of translucent powder to create an “opalescent, youthful” look.

“She looks like a totally different person,” exclaims Kristin, looking at Kerry’s completed look.

Kerry takes notice, too. “I don’t feel like a 33-year-old mom,” she says. “I feel 18 again!” 

Erin Hanna-Baum
Age: 27
Makeover by: Charles Scott Salon & Spa, Rocky River
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She made time for the New Kids on the Block concert four days after her daughter’s birth — it isn’t every day that Joey McIntyre belts “Please Don’t Go Girl” to thousands of Cleveland women reliving their childhoods.
But making time to dry her hair? Or cut it more than twice a year? That’s not so doable for 27-year-old Erin Hanna-Baum, whose hectic days are a Tilt-A-Whirl of responsibilities as mother to 2-year-old Simon and 5-month-old Millie and wife to husband, Eric.

“Sometimes you don’t know whether you should laugh or cry,” she says. “I will be having the worst day, but when my kids look at me and smile, my heart just squeezes.”

Still, it’s no wonder that in her pitch for a makeover, Erin claimed that “she needed some pampering, not of the diaper variety.”

“I don’t really do anything with my hair, as you can see,” she confesses as Chaz Henline, owner of Charles Scott Salon & Spa in Rocky River, combs through her long, blond hair with brown roots and split ends.

But she is decisive about her makeover goals: She refuses to drive a minivan, wear mom jeans or sport the mom bob.

“I love being a mom,” she says, “but I don’t particularly want to look like one.”

She wants to look less tired, she wants to looks fresh, and she wants a ponytail.

“A ponytail is not a style,” Chaz responds before he sells her on a style that can both escape Millie’s grasping fingers and look stylish — a wedge cut that angles from the nape toward her chin. Minimal layering will make the cut low-fuss, and the shorter length and blunt bangs will widen her longer face and emphasize her cheekbones and large blue eyes.

Erin hesitates to relinquish her ponytail dream and at first won’t permit Chaz his makeover vision. But they strike a bargain. He may cut a few inches and then, if Erin approves, cut a few more. In the end, he cuts almost a foot of her hair (albeit in three installments).

However, she doesn’t hesitate at the hands of colorist Candy Simpson. Erin has dyed her hair most hues of the rainbow from the time she was 13. So Candy’s pitch of two shades of cool blond highlights with a rich lowlight of brown was a nonissue. The result is a chameleonlike hair color that can look either blond or brown, depending on how Erin parts her hair or whether she pulls it back with a headband or scarf.

The makeup was tougher. Erin’s current regime consists of mascara and Chapstick. “I’m almost 30 and still don’t know how to put on makeup,” she says. Makeup artist Leena Toolis deftly applies a full face. But for moms pressed for time, Toolis recommends just a quick daily application of moisturizer, loose mineral powder and lip gloss.

The result? Erin is still her natural self, but with a bit more style. In one month, her schedule will enter a new level of crazy when she returns to her job as an intervention specialist at Roxboro Middle School in Cleveland Heights and begins classes toward an educational specialist degree, an advanced degree option for those who already have a master’s in teaching or education, at Cleveland State University.

But if she remembers to cap her nights with a blow-dry and start her day with some gel and a tinge of makeup, she’ll enter her days looking a little less mommy and a tad more fresh.

“The pressure is on,” she admits. “I hope I can keep it up.”
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Mary Adler-Kozak
Age: 46
Makeover by: SpaWest,Westlake
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As the middle child in a family of 11 children, Mary Adler-Kozak isn’t used to being the center of attention. So while it was nice having enough playmates for a game of kickball all living under one roof, pampering was something she lived without.
Things still haven’t changed today — along with her husband, Curt, she is playing cheerleader and chauffer to her two teenagers, leaving little time to think about herself.

“It’s hard to find time for myself, says Mary. “I thought this makeover would be fun. I’ve never had one before.”

On a typical day, Mary wakes to an alarm before 6 a.m. to ensure her 14-year-old daughter, Alex, and 17-year-old son, Chris, are up and ready for school. The exhibition director for the National Association of College Stores says her morning routine takes “10 minutes, tops. If my hair requires more than blow-drying — forget it. I like sleep way too much.”

Mary had blond hair for more than 20 years. Then three weeks prior to her makeover she colored it “dangerously close” to her natural color. So she walks into Spa West in Westlake hoping for some blond highlights.

Stylist Amanda Barty grants Mary’s wishes, giving her some caramel-colored highlights to complement her current base color. Amanda also cuts layers in the back to thin out Mary’s thick locks and to give her a sleeker, lighter head of hair to dry in the morning.

“It’s puffier than I’m used to, but I like it,” says Mary. “And I love the color!”

Happy with her new cut, Mary jumps to the makeup chair. “I’m not that great with makeup, so I hope I can learn something,” she says. Although she’s no stranger to mascara (she doesn’t even go to the gym without it), she confesses she has no idea what to do with eye shadow.
“My daughter gives me a smoky eye once in a while, but that’s about it,” she says.

Immediately, makeup artist Rachel Frank addresses this issue: When in doubt, go neutral (think light browns and nudes), she says. “I want to go with a nice, fresh look and really bring out her pretty blue eyes.”

She also uses an eye reflector pencil under the brow to lighten the area and dusts light brown eye shadow with flecks of gold on Mary’s lid. Eyeliner is used only on her lower lid to widen her eyes. To highlight her fair skin and naturally pink cheeks, a light rose blush is applied straight across her cheekbones, and the look is set with an all-over face powder.

When the chair spins around, her eyes and her smile are radiant. Mary might have to spend a little more than 10 minutes to replicate the look, but she isn’t worried, she says. “I might have to recruit my daughter to help me!”
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