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Fashionista, model, TV presenter and fully-fledged beauty icon (no wonder she’s the new L’Oréal Professionnel INOA Colour Ambassador) Alexa Chung talks to feelunique.com about her make-up must-haves, love for eyeliner and shares the secrets behind ‘The Alexa’...
Interview by Alice Manning
I recently dyed my hair and while I wouldn’t say I’m a blonde, my hair is definitely lighter. I like to call it ‘sun kissed’. My colourist Jose Quijano from Neville Hair and Beauty is an INOA Colour Expert and he used the new Ultra Blond colours. We went for a natural look, I wanted it to look like I’d been on holiday and the sun had just lightened my hair.
I’m not renowned for doing wacky, bold hair colours, my style is generally quite classic and subtle and I don’t like anything too O.T.T. I think hair is a really important part of your look and if your hair looks bad – you feel bad. When I was darker, it worked really well with my winter wardrobe as the all-over tone was quite sophisticated. Being lighter is a bit more fun for summer.
It’s so lovely that people think I’m a hair icon but they must be mad! When my hair is referenced as ‘The Alexa’ I’m like, what’s the Alexa? I think I’ve just got good hairdressers that make my hair look lovely.
If I’m having a bad hair day, I just put it up into a topknot. I’m alright at doing my own hair, especially if I’m wearing it up.
I’m tempted to chop my hair off into a bob again but I’m keeping it this length and colour for the summer. I feel more myself when I’ve got a bob, although I think boys prefer long hair. I might go a bit darker again for winter as I really liked my hair when Jose used the INOA Mocha shades – it was so shiny and looked really healthy.
How to get ‘The Alexa’
I’m super low maintenance when it comes to my hair, I don’t like anything too structured or done. I just wash it, apply oil to my ends to get rid of any frizz and keep it looking shiny, blow-dry my fringe and let the rest air dry for natural texture and wave.
My summer essential
SPF to protect my skin from the sun.
I couldn’t live without...
‘Eyeko eyeliner is essential for my signature cat eye.’
MY TOP 3 summer must-haves...
I’ve always washed my hair every day. I use L’Oréal Professionnel’s INOA Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner , and the Masque when I can remember – it’s really lightweight and helps to maintain my colour.
I love Essie’s pastel nail polishes . I used to get nail art done all the time but I haven’t done for a while now.
I apply L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Fresh Dust for some volume, and in case my hair has gone greasy.
I love Le Labo fragrances, especially the rose one.