OOTD :: of lies, locks, and long stories




I am going to lie to you all week.

And now that I have your attention, let me explain.

It’s all because of my hair color. You see, I went to get it done originally last Tuesday, and remember, I’m a hair color virgin. Still, I was very good and researched and brought loads of pictures which I showed the stylist. (Mind you, I’d never met the girl; just chose her via a Groupon). I was also very specific about my objectives: a) hide my gray; b) make my layers more noticeable; and c) keep it as low maintenance as possible.

So we got to work and at the end of three hours there, I got what you see here. Not bad, you say? Pretty cute, you think? Well, my friends, that’s because of the magic of Photoshop and because you can’t see the back. Basically, the stylist told me that she’d give me a partial weave rather than a full weave because she didn’t want to damage my hair (valid) and she did ask if I wanted a caramel color (true). What I didn’t expect was that “partial” meant highlighting just my layers and leaving the rest black and that “caramel” means different things to different people.

I wanted something more creamy brown and she gave me brassy gold. And I wanted gradual, natural highlights and she gave me such a helmet head that when I came home, my husband asked me whether I was finished because it looked half done. Also, it may not be evident in these pics but the front was really, really light. I was basically a blond with zebra action going on. If you look close – or zoom the pics above – and focus on my ends at my longest layer, you’ll see what I mean.

So where’s the lie? Well, I lived with the color for three days and within those days, I took this week’s photos. When I woke up and stared at myself in the mirror on the fourth day, however, I just couldn’t take it anymore so I went and got the color fixed. Different lady. Salon manager this time. And I left feeling like the hundred bucks I should’ve felt on Day 1.

But I didn’t feel like retaking my photos, so you get four pictures of “old” me and on Friday, I’ll reveal “new” and contented me. So don’t get too attached to the next days’ pics of me sporting some serious blondness. The end result may not be as striking in photos but I’m a much happier camper.

P.S. It’s a T3 week, y’all! Get ready to share your Fave Childhood Read and how you’re wearing it. Linkup goes live this Thursday.


:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Mossimo @ Target
Skirt – Ann Taylor @ eBay
Necklace – gift from sis @ etsy
Sandals– Merona @ Target

:: Linking ::
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet

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22 thoughts on “OOTD :: of lies, locks, and long stories

  1. […] I will not regale you with any more drama from the Hair Debacle of 2014. Here, instead, is a glamorous shot of the salon at 10 in the morning, when I was still naive and […]

  2. jenortega says:

    You make me want to beat up that stylist for you.

    • mtsedwards says:

      I know, right? You would’ve totally had my back and would’ve been all confrontational for me. I knew I should’ve had you along. Next time…

  3. jangrahammcmillen says:

    Oh, honey. I’m so sorry about bad hair days! At least when I color myself (and I always do) I’m in complete control of my own screwups. Glad you were assertive and got it repaired immediately, and rest assured that what we could see of it looks good. Life is 360 degrees, though. (As I say that, I do it with the uncomfortable acknowledgement that no one will ever see me photographed from the rear, if I can help it!)
    You look lovely, of course. The blue-gray and the taupey-beige work perfectly. A combination I’m not sure I could ever get enough of! Yumm.
    Hope you’re enjoying your vacation.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Some day, I will develop enough courage and hand/eye coordination to color my hair myself. Until then, I have to be assertive, don’t I?

      Vacation doesn’t officially begin until next week – been at work all this week – but thanks for the wishes. I’ll try to enjoy it when it finally gets here.

  4. Actually I think the lighter hue makes you look more tan and makes your layers stand out more, which I think is nice. Granted I can’t see the back and you know I’ve been through my own hair troubles …

    • mtsedwards says:

      I was actually gonna leave a comment on your blog about your hair woes because they coincided with my own but I got sidetracked. :/ I hope your drama wasn’t as extensive or cumbersome as mine.

      And yes, when I was creating this week’s collages, I felt a twinge of regretful hindsight that I toned down the highlights as much as I did because the “fixed” version doesn’t photograph as well as the “bad” version. Ah, well. It’s only hair. Live and learn, right? Maybe I’ll go whole hog blond for the school year come August. ;p

  5. You look gorgeous my friend! But alas, when we aren’t happy with our hair, it really isn’t relevant what anyone else thinks. So glad you got it fixed though so now you’re happy! I’m fiercely loyal to my stylist…same chica, all the time, for years. She only does my cuts though, I do my own color. My hair grows so fast I’d have to take out a home equity loan to pay for salon color…ha!

  6. Wait ’til Friday!!! Dang it Maricel, not sure how I can wait that long! It is really a challenge to convey what one wants in a hairstyle or colour. Even with photos, things rarely go exactly as planned. And like the other comments, I think this first look is fun…but if it doesn’t feel right, then ya gotta right the wrong. I agree, there is quite a contrast between the light and the dark. Some people rock that look, others want a more natural look! SIGH…four more sleeps.

    • mtsedwards says:

      “Four more sleeps”! You sound like my kids! 😀

      I really don’t mean to be so dramatic. And I don’t want you all to feel let down on Friday. Some may not even see an appreciable difference. But yes, it didn’t feel right so I had to right the wrong. I’m really much happier now and that’s what counts, yeah?

  7. Debbie says:

    U look great! And glad your Happy with the end result :). Let me know if you need a styler. She’s awesome! She use to work for Carlton and she has Twins!!! LoL ( twins has nuttin to do with her skills in haircut or color, but she got skills at making twins 😉 like me hee hee).
    Member Michael Shaun? Oh how I miss him, sigh. He is a celebrity styler now and does runway stuff all over the world.
    Happy Monday Friend!

  8. Jess says:

    I really like your shirt, and the skirt has such a pretty print on it, very summery . I believe the customer is right, and yes, when you are dealing with hair, I agree that if you aren’t happy to see the manager.
    from the link up
    please stop by, jess xo


    • mtsedwards says:

      And here I thought the shirt was on its way to the cull pile. Funny how it takes just one different perspective to make us see things in a different light.

      Thanks for the visit; I’ll be sure to reciprocate soon.

  9. Patti says:

    Glad you’re happy with the final results – and to my eye, these highlights look groovy. But we have to be pleased with our hair, yes? Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, and have a great day. xox

    • mtsedwards says:

      It was just so brassy in person, Patti. Not soft or approachable at all. And it made me feel years older, if that makes sense.

  10. Val S says:

    So we get another build-up to another big reveal – fun! It doesn’t look bad this way, but if you weren’t happy with it you did the right thing to go back (and get the manager).

    Pretty outfit – I love that skirt, and blue and white are such pretty summer colors. Looking forward to T3, but I forgot it was supposed to be favorite childhood read. Curious George or Dr. Seuss or Mary C. Jane – tough decision.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, I didn’t mean to be a tease, Val. But at least you did get some sort of reveal today, yes? ;p

      I was worried that the pattern in the skirt wouldn’t photograph well; I’m glad it’s getting its due. And I would love to see what ingenious way you’d attack Dr. Seuss.

  11. Well, it looks good in the photos, but if you weren’t happy, I’m glad you got it fixed. Now I really can’t wait for Friday! I like the knotted shirt! 😉

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