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Well, it’s official. Jessica Alba can do no wrong.
This time, we’re not gushing about the multi-hyphenate’s success in Hollywood, nor her ever-growing natural products business, nor her gorgeous family. The latest way the star has inspired us? Her new short haircut!
Alba is generally known for her long, flowing locks in varying degrees of honey and blonde. But she recently posted a photo proving she's not too attached to her tresses to try something new.
The good news for would-be copycats is that the star’s new cut is super accessible and easy to manage, according to the experts. “What’s wonderful about the cut is that it will be not only versatile, but low maintenance,” says Giovanni Vaccaro, the creative director of GlamSquad. “What I love is that her colorist worked with her highlights to provide dimension rather than add a lot of layers, which would have made it more challenging to style.”
Want to make like Alba? Here’s how to ask for a similar cut:
If you have fine to medium hair:
“Ask your colorist for ombré, sun-kissed color accentuating the tips of the hair and the front for dimension,” Vaccaro told TODAY.com. “Make sure to ask for color that cascades into the ends. For the cut, ask for a length above the shoulder and below the jawline. The style doesn’t have any layers, but Vaccro says texture was definitely added to give the hair softness and movement.
If you have thicker, coarser hair:
“You would ask your stylist to use his or her technique to remove that weight on the ends, as this shape tends to become triangular,” he says. “’Remove heaviness’ is what you tell your stylist after they achieved the right length.”
Alba’s new short cut is hardly the first time she’s changed up her ‘do. Late last year, she went from a darker ombré style to a beach-y blonde look, posting a collage of photos that showed the transformation — quite a process, involving teasing and foils. Anh Co Tran and Johnny Ramirez, who appear alongside Alba in the post, pulled off the look.
As for replicating this great look at home, Vaccaro says, “We just can’t get enough of ombré! There are so many variations of this style and technique,” pointing out that the star’s blonder and lighter feel still looked “incredibly natural as if she was away in Hawaii.”
If you love the color, Vaccaro advises to tell your hairdresser that you don’t want to see any lines of demarcation, and that you want the lightest pieces around your face. “The tone is a light blonde, but with depth and no roots,” he says.