Katie Holmes on Healthy Hair Tricks, Beyoncé, and Breaking Beauty Rules

We’re excited to continue our new series, The Close-Up, where we take a closer look at celebrities, influencers, and pop culture phenomena. You’ve read about them on the internet and clipped their photos out of magazines—but now you’ll have the chance to get to know them personally through fun Polaroids, handwritten beauty advice, product recommendations, and so much more.

Katie Holmes has been part of the A-list since her debut as the loveable and complicated Joey Potter on Dawson’s Creek in 1998. Since then, her star power has superseded that of a teen-dream girl, and the world watched as she grew into a poised, sophisticated woman with gritty roles in films like Pieces of April and blockbusters including Batman Begins. Then, she cemented herself as part of the pop culture zeitgeist yet again with a guest role on How I Met Your Mother. The entire time, her glossy chestnut-brown hair has been slicked back, blown out, and curled hundreds of times—with never a strand out of place. It’s mesmerising, to say the least.

When we sat down to talk about just that—her undeniably gorgeous hair—Holmes was quick to cite one brand in particular for the positive changes in her mane. “The longer I’ve been in this business, the more I’ve been exposed to wonderful things. Alterna is very high on that list,” she mused. “I’ve been working with Alterna for a couple years now. I love the company; I love how it began with a hairstylist who’s in this industry. Every product is made with wonderful ingredients—it’s paraben free. Using products with good-for-you ingredients is like eating well. It’s the same concept. Over time, it has this positive effect on you. I’ve seen it make a huge difference in my hair.”