A Minnesota mother-of-three was primped and pampered while receiving a stunning ambush makeover in celebration of being eight years cancer-free.
Appearing on Thursday morning’s episode of the Today show, Monica explained that she wanted a ‘really professional’ new look to start the next chapter of her life.
After battling cancer in 2010 and receiving the best treatment possible, the working mom decided to pursue a career in healthcare so she could help others.
Then and wow! Monica, a cancer survivor from Minnesota, received stunning ambush makeover on the Today show Thursday
Look of love: Monica’s husband, Ed, was all smiles when he saw his wife’s transformation
Monica made it clear that she was game for anything, telling Today fashion expert Jill Martin that there were ‘no limitations’ on the changes she was willing to let the show’s glam squad make.
The cancer survivor was the picture of confidence when she strut on stage wearing a sleek navy blue blazer over a flowy blouse.
Monica was joined by her husband, Ed, who wore an eye mask up until Today host Kathie Lee Gifford gave him the okay to check out his wife’s new look.
‘Oh my! Wow!’ he gushed, and Kathie Lee couldn’t help but tease: ‘Oh, Ed like what Ed sees.’
Monica was just as happy when she saw her transformation in the mirror for the first time, and she couldn’t resist fluffing her new ‘do with her hand.
Goal: The working mom told Today fashion expert Jill Martin that she wanted ‘really professional’ new look after celebrating eight years of being cancer-free
Giving back: Monica pursued a career in health care so she could help others after battling cancer in 2010. She couldn’t help but touch her new ‘do while checking out her new look
Sleek ‘do: Monica’s long brown hair was cut into a chin-length bob and given highlights to add ‘body’ to her fine locks
‘Amazing,’ she said. ‘I love it.’
Monica’s long brown hair was cut into a chin-length bob, and celebrity hair stylist Louis Licari explained that he used hair color to add ‘body’ to her fine locks.
‘If you notice, there are strokes of color throughout her hair,’ he said. ‘She has this beautiful professional look.’
Jill, meanwhile, worked her magic to give Monica an ‘updated professional cool look.’
The mom was decked out in a navy blazer worn over a white blouse with a necktie and a pair of black jeans.
Before and after: Carol, 52, from Sunbury, Ohio, also received a makeover on Thursday’s show. She was all smiles while debuting her new look
Haviing a blast: ‘I just want to have fun. I am game for everything,’ she told Jill
‘Navy and black definitely go together,’ said Jill, who topped off Monica’s look with a pair of pumps.
Carol from Sunbury, Ohio, also received a makeover on Thursday morning’s show while celebrating her 52nd birthday.
‘I just want to have fun. I am game for everything,’ she told Jill. ‘I just came to New York to have a great time, and this is awesome.’
Carol had a red streak in her hair, and she assured Jill that she was willing to let the team dye her locks any color they see fit.
Her husband, Scott, was on stage when she debuted her new look, and he gave her a sweet look when he removed his blindfold to see her transformation for the first time.
Absolutely beautiful: Carol and her husband, Scott, both loved her flirty new look
Added touch: The fashion team even swapped her glasses, trading her wire frames for a cat-eye because she is ‘so much fun.’ Her hair was highlighted and styled in loose waves
‘Wow,’ he said, and Carol was just as happy with the results.
‘Oh my God,’ she exclaimed while looking in the mirror. ‘I love it.’
Louis explained that he warmed up her hair color and added some ‘barely-there’ highlights around her face ‘just to show movement.’
Carol’s hair was cut to her shoulders and styled in flattering, loose waves.
To help her transition from summer to fall, Jill dressed Carol in a black floral wrap top with a matching tank underneath and black jeans.
The fashion team even swapped her glasses, trading her wire frames for a cat-eye because she is ‘so much fun.’
‘You are going home with a whole new woman, mister,’ Kathie Lee joked to Scott.