Hilary Swank

Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank brought home the gold for playing tough-girl roles in Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don't Cry. In real life Hilary says she's a girly girl at heart. "I like putting my heels on, and my pretty dresses."

She also loves her long flowing locksbut that's about to change! For six months, Hilary has been growing and strengthening her hair by taking vitamins and moisturizingall for a good cause. She is donating her hair to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths campaign! The program takes donated hair and makes it into wigs for cancer patients. "I've had a lot of people in my life, loved ones and friends who have been devastated by cancer," Hilary says. "I'm really thankful for my health and I wanted to find a way to give back."

One in three women will be diagnosed with a form of cancer in her lifetime, Hilary saysmeaning 700,000 American women will face the diagnosis in just one year. The number one fear of 60 percent of these women is losing their hair as a side effect of the chemotherapy. "Eight percent won't get their potentially life-saving treatment because they don't want to lose their hair," Hilary says. "I thought, 'Here's my hair. Cut it off. Save your life!'"
Oprah cuts Hilary Swank's hair.

Hilary says she knew exactly who she wanted to make the cutOprah! "I'm really honored to be one of the people that's going to help you, and happy that you wanted to do it here," Oprah says.

First, Hilary puts her hair into two pigtails using elastic bands. It must measure at least 8 inches long from the top of the elastic band down to the ends.

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Once Hilary's hair is prepped and ready to go, Oprah makes the first snip with the scissors. "You just cut my hair!" Hilary says. "That felt really good."

Oprah then chops off the second pigtail, and Hilary's hair is ready to be donated. "To think it's going to be somebody's hair!" Oprah says.
Hilary Swank reveals her new 'do.

After Oprah's turn as stylist, Hilary is whisked away to have her newly shorn locks shaped into a sassy new 'do!

"So if this talk show-acting-producing stuff for you doesn't work out, you have a whole new career in haircutting," Hilary jokes. "We know you can do everything. But really, now you can cut hair like this?"
Harpo Studios is transformed into a salon.

Hilary's donation sparked a crazy idea Oprah Show producers decided to make over 100 people in just 48 hours!

To accomplish this overwhelming task, Harpo Studios is transformed into the Great American Haircut Salon, complete with all the trimmingshair dryers, flat irons and even shampoo bowls.

Watch the transformations begin!

With tools in place, the salon needed just one more thingsuperstar stylists! Armed with thinning shears, hair extensions and dyes, five of the world's top stylists head to Harpo for our first-ever hair-a-thon!
Ken Paves

The first member of the "fantastic five" is stylist to the stars Ken Paves . The hair master's best-selling extensions are worn by members of the Hollywood elite such as Jessica Simpson, Eva Longoria and Jennifer Lopez.

Ken says taking part in the 100 makeovers at Harpo is an amazing experience but some of the clients need a little urging. "It's kind of like cleaning your house. You don't want to do it and it takes a minute to get to it, but once you're done, it feels really great," Ken says.
Rita Hazan

Rita Hazan loves to help women look and feel their best. This famed colorist has worked her magic on celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Jaime Pressly and Debra Messing.

By finding the most flattering shade of hair color, Rita says you can take years off your look. "The mistake women make that ages them is that they bleach out their hair too much," she says. "As we age as women, our skin tone changes. So we have to change the hair color to compensate for not having as much youthful skin as we used to have."

Rita says playing around with your hair color can be a fun way to update your look each season. "It's the foundation of your makeup, your wardrobe. You get to play around with your personality a little bit and change the color."

Though Rita stresses that if you want color, you have to maintain it! "You can't walk around with six-inch roots," she says.
Harry Josh

The next member of the Harpo Salon team is supermodel stylist Harry Josh , who has tamed the tresses of supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Christy Turlington.

Harry says he sympathizes with women who have a hard time recreating their professional blowouts at home. "Education is really important for women to know what to do when they go home," Harry says. "A lot of people didn't know what to put into their hair. You go into the drugstore, you see a million things. You're like, 'Gel, mousse, spray, pomade, what do I use?'"
Ted Gibson

Ted Gibson is the man behind the gorgeous locks of Angelina Jolie and Gabrielle Union, so it's no surprise that he knows what a woman wants. Before picking up his scissors, Ted explains his vision during private consultations with the clients. The same holds true at the Harpo Salon. For one of the women, Ted discusses with her a strong yet soft and sexy look. "I think that every woman wants to feel that way," he says.
Kimberly Kimble

The final stylist is Kimberly Kimble , who's responsible for the signature va-va-voom of Beyonc?'s locks. Kimberly says that some women going in for a makeover can be nervous, but after a little pampering she usually senses a change in confidence. "They'd start getting more comfortable," she says.
Rita Hazan

These brave stylists and their teams had only 48 hours to cut, color and curl their way through 100 heads of hair. Let the makeovers begin!
FROM: Oprah's Great American Haircut
Published on November 02, 2007


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