Ugh, terrible title, sorry. I’ve written so many posts with hair-pun titles, it’s either start to repeat them or just go for awful. I think you can see which route I chose.
And now you can also see that I finally got my hair cut and colored into some sort of STYLE. With the exception of the roughly 4-6 months I enjoyed having a perm, I’ve not had hair I actually liked for almost 5 years now. My initial goal was to keep growing until it was at least mid-way down my back; but as it grew I began to realize that my baby-fine hair was never going to look on me like one of my Angelicas or Brandis, and that going beyond shoulder-length was not the best use of what I’ve got. Then, once I decided to bob it off, I also decided I didn’t need to keep worrying about damaging my hair with a dye job, because it’s short enough that any damaged ends can just get trimmed off without too much trouble. Getting this effect took two tries, though; because the first time the dye didn’t take and the stylist left too much length (not her fault, I originally chose a style that was a bit too long). I went back two days after the initial cut and color and we tried again – and I have been thrilled with the results so far.
Finally I eliminated that awful shoulder-length hair-flip I had going on, and my hair actually looks like a real style. Chopping off a few inches really gave my hair the little bit of bounce it needs (and the dye helps as it makes my hair a little more coarse) and the color, I think, is going to satisfy all my wig-friends who are constantly reminding me that even though my bio hair really is that dark, when I choose wigs that closely match it the effect isn’t the best. In other words, your natural hair color may be dark brown, but natural just doesn’t look that good on you. It was really miss Robin by Noriko that sealed the deal for me – I loved those highlights in the Chocolate Swirl so much that it was the day I got that wig when I decided to color my hair again for certain. Moving on.
I have a few more edited photos to share, but not many – it seems that in the last full week of my summer vacation, I finally decided to get out of the house and venture out into the world, so I’ve spent this week meeting up with friends all over town and even doing a little shopping. This seriously has not happened all summer – for the most part, I’ve stayed up super-late (4 AM at most) and slept in late (getting up around 9:30) then sat around in my pajamas all day catching up on documentaries and editing photos or videos. Seriously. I’ve never done so much nothing for so long in my life, but I guess I really needed that sort of rest, because it hasn’t bothered me at all. Obviously I also filmed a TON of videos and took lots of pictures, but still – both of those things can be done in at least half of my pajamas (I may be wearing a lovely top in my wig vids, but below the waist it’s strictly sweatpants, trust me. And bare feet. With a rock plopped down on the floor between said feet, so I don’t start shifting while I’m talking and turning around to show the wig, which would move me out of focus because my camera has no autofocus. Ah, the glamour of the wig reviewer).
I did film reviews for my new Angelica, Seville, May, and Code Mono, so those will be uploaded soon. And I still have a Stevie by Amore that I got in the mail Monday and have not even taken out of the box – which proves I’ve been busy because usually, I will rip into those boxes as soon as they arrive. I think being happy with my real hair now is part of the reason, too, since I’m less consistently inclined to cover it up right now.
How short my hair was when I started
My birthday came and went without much fanfare, as usual, except as I pointed out to Lana I’ve been basically buying wigs with abandon all month and claiming “birthday present” with each purchase, as well as putting yet another Fendi Spy bag on layaway. And in case I forgot to mention it, another Stitch Fix came and went without so much as an iPhone photo, because I decided not to keep anything and I didn’t think I’d have enough time to take decent photos before my three-day window to ship them back passed. It was a nice enough fix with only one thing I didn’t like (a mini-dress), but with all the wig-shopping I’ve done this month I decided to just let the whole thing go. I do kind of regret the olive-green lace biker jacket I sent back though; it was really cute.
Modified version of an above photo – not sure why I like this weird edit, but I do
I’ll be honest, I don’t have too much more to add here and am just throwing in words as filler between photos. Thank you for reading.
I really enjoyed this read- ‘Seriously. I’ve never done so much nothing for so long in my life, but I guess I really needed that sort of rest, because it hasn’t bothered me at all.’- I’m with you on that, in regards to the last 3 years of my life, yet I feel I’ve done so much not much that it became something? I’m not sure I fully understand the entire story behind the wigs, as I have only read a couple of your posts, but great nevertheless 🙂 Jessie
LOL I know what you mean! The wigs were definitely a part of my big ‘so much nothing my nothing because something’ a few years ago when I took of from working for awhile…
ps Great title!
How cool to see your hair from what you started with. To now your fabulous hair that I want lol.
🙂 thanks Lana I am really pleased with how it turned out
I adore what you and your stylist accomplished. The colour and quality of those highlights are desperately gorgeous. As my gifted stylist of fine, limp hair (who I don’t need anymore due to alopecia) used to say, “Enjoy your hair!” I don’t envy the blow drying, but I do the result.
Oh, and the colour is so RW SS8/29 meets JR 6F27 – my faves on you!
I’ve heard that a lot – those two colors do seem to be the most similar 😉 Two of my faves too
Love, love, love the color and cut on you!! Looks amazing!
And I assumed that you accomplished the color and cut in one appointment. Oh well…I know how hair stylists can be. Sometimes it takes two or more visits to get your ideas across.
I think I told you this already told you this, but I think your hair looks fantastic. Sell all the wigs.
Another Fendi Bag? Wow, you’re going to have a bag collection almost the size of your wig collection.
Seriously, great blog. Very entertaining.
I’ve sold a few back, but yeah, I do have a little collection going! Thanks Rebecca 🙂
Love, love your blog & your bio hair, Cynthia!!! Just such a flattering color & cut on you. Something similar happened last year when I took my daughter for a cut & color except the highlighting made her look like she had grey hair. Don’t know if you’ve seen the Movie Freaky Friday, but my daughter out her hands to her face & said, “Omg I look older than you!!!” (I’m 41 lol) Anyway, it turned out great in the end, like yours so all is well that ends well I guess. 🙂 After looking at your blog, I think I’m going to get Seville in Coffee Latte. Still waiting for my Samantha (in Ginger Brown) 😉
I like Seville! Just got another one in Macadamia-LR 🙂
I loved your highlights great colour
Thanks! I really like it.
Hello there, one of my blogs is a collaborative project on self portraits:
I wonder if you would give me permission to include some of yours there, please?
Credit given, a link back to your blog, and I would let you know when I post. 🙂
Sure! Thanks for asking 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
Hello again, Cynthia, your first post on ‘strata of the self’ is up:
Thanks for joining in. 🙂
Thanks Ashley! One thing, can you take my real name off the post, please? I am a teacher and I don’t really want my students seeking me out online and connecting me to my MareyMercy name…thanks!
Yes, of course. I’ll do it straight away. 🙂
Thanks! I just figure I can never be too careful. LOL
No problem. I understand. I’ve changed it all on the front and I’ll change the url and the name on the photo file in about 10 minutes when I get to my laptop. On my phone right now. 🙂
P.S. You’re so glamorous. I love it. 🙂
You might want to delete my original notification, too.
Sorry I’m taking up so much space here but I did a quick image search for Cynthia Cox and there you were. I thought you might like to know…
Ah, OK. There must be something else floating around out there…I’ll go check it out 😉 Thanks!