Beauty

Jessica Alba Shares How Her “Rachel” Haircut Almost Got Her Grounded

Probably fighting for chemical legislation reform [lobbying the United States Congress for the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011] to try and get more transparency and force companies to really think about the chemicals that they use in products and test them for safety prior to bringing them into the marketplace.

Growing up, what was your relationship like with your hair?

I grew up in a Mexican-American family and they really feel like girls’ hair should be long. And so when I started acting, I actually got a haircut from Chris McMillan, who did the Rachel cut from Friends. And I think it was actually my first official haircut that my mom didn’t give me. My hair was down to my butt and when I came home with the Rachel cut, it was like these really extreme layers. My dad tried to ground me. It was so crazy. I kind of feel like hair… you should just have fun with it; it grows.

What is your biggest beauty vice?

I know the sun is not good for the skin. I know, but I just love it! I just love being out in nature. I love taking hikes. I love all the beaches… I will wear a hat and I will absolutely wear sunscreen, but I don’t stay out of the sun.

What is the best life-changing beauty hack you’ve learned?

I would say [seeing] the inner beauty, actually. Growing up in entertainment, there’s so much emphasis on appearance and trying to fit some mold that feels on-trend… of what you should look like or not look like or what is beautiful. And I really feel like the more I worked on myself and I felt confident in my own skin, that’s when I felt the most beautiful. And wildly, it happened after I was 30.

Your beauty cabinet is on fire; what three products would you save?

Definitely the Extreme Length Mascara by Honest Beauty… the Hydrogel Cream as well, which is a moisturizer that literally feels like water is being splashed on your face. And it’s this time-release hydration. It’s amazing. It’s not heavy, but it feels super-luxurious and it doesn’t have any fragrances. I have such allergic skin. And Prime + Perfect Mask because I feel like whether it’s during the day or at night, I need that little me time and it smells like a smoothie. It’s like a smoothie for my face.