How Much Would Tai's "Clueless" Makeover Really Cost?

The teen movie makeover is a time-honored tradition, representing a turning point for many coming-of-age films: The ugly duckling finds someone with a vision, the worldly friend teases out the latent coolness hidden deep within the dweeb, and voila! Everyone learns a lesson about self-acceptance. Or something. But in reality, it isn’t that easy…or, cheap.

Critics may say that the ultimate makeover in Clueless was the movie itself, since the film is a remake of the literary classic Emma by Jane Austen. As if! Trust, there’s nothing quite as remarkable as Tai’s epic makeover, but this is no ordinary job. We know Tai got the cream of the crop when it came to products, services, and Cher-approved advice. But we can’t help but wonder how much it must’ve cost. Ahead, we’ve broken down Tai’s transformation to see just what would go into such a dramatic makeover, and reveal getting all Cher’d out may be just for the teenage one-percent. And don’t forget the final touch on any transformation: “Reading one non-school book a week.”


Do you see how happy Tai looks here? That’s because she’s having the time of her life. She’s like a puppy in a bath. Cher and Dionne are washing out the offensive red hair of Tai’s past, and upgrade her to a less intense, medium-brown color. As the first step of the makeover, Cher would use salon-quality products to get Tai’s tresses under control, plus a serious detangling comb.


Mason Pearson Detangling Comb, $29, available at; John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in Medium Natural Brown, $11.99, available at Target; Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Shampoo, $21.98, available at Paul Mitchell; Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Treatment Conditioner, $29.50, available at Paul Mitchell.

Originally published on Refinery29 by Vanessa Golembewski

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  • Brett Alanna Bennett

    uhh you left out the clothes, the product used to wash out the color, the perm, everything! clearly this post was a poor excuse for an advertisement. I’m surprised at how perturbed I am by this – i never thought i was one of those judgmental blog readers who could be miffed by whether someone having a different opinion than mine… but clearly i can be put off by false advertising of a blog post that might actually be interesting to read, taking time out to read it, and then being completely bombarded by someone’s lame hair ad. this wont have me coming back to HelloGiggles for a while.

    • Emma Hardin

      They accidentally left out the rest of the post – you can find it on the original Refinery29 post. :)

    • Jodie Millard

      Yeah I totally agree. How is this not a sponsored post?

      • Jodie Millard

        Oh…how embarrassing. Didn’t read the follow up comment on half the article being missing *blush*

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