Lily Aldridge tells us the secrets to her coveted ombre-coloured hair.
We’ve been getting a lot of action from the Victoria’s Secret angels lately (Insert dirty joke here.)
First we caught up with all the girls when we were invited to New York to attend their fashion show where we asked them about their top-secret beauty tips; then we reconnected with Chanel Iman on a press junket in Toronto to speak on behalf of our ELLE Canada Facebook fans to gossip about Valentine’s Day, and now, our tour comes to an end (tear) with our recent interview with Lily Aldridge.
With 5 minutes at our disposal we focused on one thing, and one thing only: Her hair.
Not sure if you’ve seen her in photos before (Google her!), but Lily is rocking a trend we’re too scared to try on our own: Ombre hair. Ombre started appearing on the fashion circuit in spring 2008; first Christian Lacroix’s ombre-hued tights, then Celine took note of the dip-dye effect for its spring 2009 runway. Now the trend has somehow managed to lift off our clothes and onto our heads.
Have you heard of this new look yet? The above image of Lily doesn’t do her, well, ‘do as much justice, but here’s the issue: George Pimentel snapped a shot of Lily and I after our interview and she (and her locks) look amazing (quelle surprise), but me… umm…let’s just say said picture is currently sitting in my Trash folder on my Desktop. Sorry.
If you want a deeper understanding of the trend, our web editor Jennifer Weatherhead is bona fide obsessed with it, so much so she created a photo gallery devoted entirely to it.
If you want to try the look yourself, here’s what Lily has to say about it, followed by tips and tricks from celebrity hairstylist Yusef Williams on how to rock it right.
ELLECanada.com: Our readers are obsessed with your hair. What’s the secret?
Lily Aldridge: My #1 secret is my hair colourist Tracey Cunningham in L.A. (Sidebar: Tracey has also worked on Drew Barrymore‘s hair before who is also sporting the ombre hair these days.) My hair is naturally dark brown so Tracey goes in, bleaches the ends to this light, blonde colour and makes it look really beachy and fresh. Tracey and I have known each other since I was four-years-old, so when I went to her, I told her I wanted my hair from my childhood. I had this incredible golden hue to it that I loved and she reimagined it for me today.
EC.com: Are you one of those girls that tries the DIY hair treatments at home?
LA: (Laughs) No! I’m so not one of those girls. I don’t douse my hair in mayonnaise or brush it 100 times. What I will tell you is that I take daily Omega fish oil supplements and I can’t tell you how much it improves my nails, skin and hair.
EC.com: Would you ever make like Halle Berry and cut off all of your locks?
LA: Never, ever! It happened to me once three years ago and I promise you I’ll never attempt it again. I don’t look good with short hair; my best look is when I wear it long. I’ve learned my lesson.
Now that you’ve fallen in love with it, here’s how to make it work for you: