The way you look can have a huge impact on the way that you feel. Don’t believe us? Just ask anyone that has ever had the pleasure of getting a makeover. However, for one homeless man, getting a makeover meant so much more than just looking better. After he saw himself in the mirror, this homeless man reacted in the most incredible way.
20. 25 Years
Jose Antonio has been living out on the streets for the past 25 years. One day, a local salon approached him and told him that they would like to give him a makeover. He immediately obliged and sat in the salon chair as the artists worked their magic. However, when he finally saw what he looked like he couldn’t contain himself.
19. Hard Life
Antonio’s life had been far from easy and that’s how he wound up on the streets. The homeless man used to work as an electrician in Palma, Majorca until his depression really got a hold of him. The depression got so bad that he eventually lost his job and he described feeling “like a vegetable” because of the illness.
For the next 25 years, Antonio lived out on the streets. In order to get by, he would often do odd jobs such as helping people park their cars in the busy town square. This earned him the nickname “Spirit of the Square.”
17. Health Problems
After spending so many years out on the streets, Antonio’s health started to slowly deteriorate. He began suffering with cataracts in both of his eyes and his feet were absolutely killing him. The homeless parking attendant was also slowly losing his hearing.
16. Not Vain
Since Antonio had so many things to worry about, his appearance was certainly not at the top of the list. Throughout all of those years, he hadn’t paid much attention to how he looked anymore. By this point, his beard had grown out all long and his hair and an old cap pretty much kept him disguised.
15. Free Makeover
One day, the owners of hair salon La Salvajeria invited Antonio in for a free makeover. They had noticed him sitting and waiting around in the same spot day after day and wanted to do something nice for the man. Antonio eagerly obliged and soon enough the salon began to film the transformation as it took place.
14. Dying His Hair
First, a stylist got to work on cutting, styling, and dying Antonio’s long gray hair. Once the stylist had managed to get Antonio’s hair under control, they began to move onto his beard. His beard had grown so long over the years that this stylist knew it had to be trimmed and styled appropriately.
13. Little Details
Once Antonio’s beard had been trimmed down, the stylist then began to add a bit of color to it. This would help give Antonio a more youthful appearance. After that, the stylist began to tweeze his eyebrows and added a bit of makeup to even out his skin tone.
12. Outfit Change
Finally, Antonio’s physical transformation was completed. Now the final step was to get him out of his raggedy clothes and into a brand new outfit. Once he changes, it’s finally time for him to see himself in a mirror. His reaction was unbelievable…
Finally, it was time for Antonio to see his transformation. One of the salon worker’s finally pulled open the shutters that were covering the mirror. Antonio was in complete and total disbelief as he stared back at the man looking at him in the mirror.
Antonio couldn’t believe his eyes, he really couldn’t believe that he was looking at himself! “Oh my God! I don’t recognize myself,” he said. In an excited tone he adds, “I’m hallucinating. It’s really me?”
9. So Excited
Antonio was so excited and he couldn’t wait for everyone that knew him to see him! “No one will recognize me. [They’ll say] ‘You’re not Jose Antonio.’ No, no one will recognize me. As long as I don’t tell them who I am, no one will recognize me. I assure you, the whole neighborhood will not recognize me.”
It was finally time for Antonio to step back out on the streets and everything turned out exactly as he predicted. One of the members of the city took a look at Antonio and couldn’t believe it was him. “No! It’s Jose?” one man asks. At one point, a group of ladies passes by Antonio and says, “Very, very handsome.”
7. Changing His Life
After the makeover was complete and Antonio had spent the day outdoors he felt like a changed man. Antonio swore that the situation helped change him in quite a profound way. However, he had no idea just how good things would get for him in just a short amount of time.
6. New Life
Soon enough, Antonio had managed to find himself a permanent residence. This allowed him to start applying for more stable jobs. In the meantime, Antonio also began to seek out treatment for his various health ailments.
5. Fashion Icon
Antonio also began to invest in his appearance more! Since he was getting so many comparisons to George Clooney, Antonio decided to let his natural gray hair grow out. He was soon a major hit amongst the ladies.
4. Big Changes
So many big changes came into Antonio’s life as a result of the makeover! “The new look has helped me deal with the way I feel inside. It’s had so many practical consequences,” he told MailOnline. “There was no way I could have found accommodation before. I would have been turned away.”
3. So Thankful
Antonio is eternally grateful to the salon for the makeover that changed his life. “I doubt any of these changes would have happened if it wasn’t for the help of people like the hair salon owner and other locals who have assisted me to get back on my feet,” he said. “I’ll be eternally grateful to them.”
2. Wanting To Help
It seems that salon owner Salva Garcia had been trying to get Antonio to agree to the makeover for quite some time. “I had been telling Josete for a while that I could do his hair and beard for him and one day he said ‘yes,’” Garcia revealed.
1. Quite Pleased
Garcia is quite pleased with how everything turned out with Antonio. “I’m really pleased at the way things are going for him. He’s a fantastic guy. The physical transformation has definitely led to a change to many things in his life.”