Teri Hatcher: I use Madison Reed’s de-frizzing, smoothing cream called Tame that I really like, because I have frizzy, curly hair. And I use its espresso reviving gloss, which really helps with brassiness after swimming so much this summer. Shu Uemura also makes a nourishing oil for your hair that I’ll use a dime-size of, and then I use dry shampoo a lot since I only wash my hair two times a week.
Fill in the blank: I love my hair…
I always feel so great when I have a good hair day because I appreciate all the days I don’t feel like I have good hair days! But I always love my hair when I’ve taken the time to blow it out, because it just feels fresher and better.
What’s one beauty rule you swear by?
Drinking lots of water. I started trying to drink three liters of water a day, and I actually found when I’m doing that regularly, someone will ask me what I’m doing to my skin. It truly makes a difference. I don’t do it all the time, but I should.
What’s one beauty rule you think is BS?
The way women are marketed to in commercials and in magazine photos. I’m never going to get a beauty campaign now because I’m about to blast everybody! But women don’t know that all of those photoshoots are filled with amazing lighting—it’s all about lighting, it’s not about makeup. All those hair commercials are usually filled with lots of fake, clip-in hair, and that’s fine because people should do what makes them feel good.
However, most women don’t know all of those secrets, so they look at these photoshopped, amped-up photos or commercials and think that’s what they should be capable of. That’s the expectation they put on themselves, and then they end up falling short. I put myself in that category. We compare ourselves to that high bar and we fall short of it and it makes us feel bad about ourselves. And that’s why I call BS on all of that. It isn’t really the truth. People don’t really look like that.
What’s the best beauty advice you’ve given your daughter?
I’ve always told her to be her authentic self. Whatever that is, it’s good enough and it’s right. She’s 22 now, and I’ve watched her go through stages where she’s worn more eyeliner or less, and did have bangs or didn’t have them, and other than sunscreen, I’ve always encouraged her to rely on her inner beauty more than anything.
From my perspective as a 55-year-old woman, beauty fades—and you are always aware of that, but you really know it when you have it start happening to you. Then you have to look at, well, what is beauty really? To me, it’s who you are, it’s your friends, it’s how you love people, it’s how you help the world or your community, it’s what you do with your time and your thoughts. So that’s what I encourage her to focus on developing.
You’re stranded on a desert island. What are the three products you bring with you?