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Alyson Hannigan Shares Advice in the 'Good Girlfriend Guide'

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Courtesy Head & Shoulders

How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan is a successful working actress, a mom and a wife, but like every girl, she relies on her girlfriends for a dose of good advice. So Hannigan, the newest ambassador for Head & Shoulders, has partnered with the brand to launch the Good Girlfriend Guide, a lighthearted book that tackles every head-scratching behavior from dating mistakes to beauty faux pas by allowing women to share their best advice with one another. “It’s a great manual of great advice that girlfriends give each other,” Hannigan explains to PEOPLE. “It’s nice to know you’re not alone in your boat.” So what’s one tip the actress plans to share with others? That being a new mom means spending less time getting yourself ready — and sometimes, that means deciding between wearing makeup or focusing on hair. “If you have to choose between doing your makeup or hair, choose [the latter],” she advises. “If you have great hair, you can wear sweatpants and still look chic.” But being a new mom does comes with some unforeseen beauty perks, too. “I’ve had some success with diaper cream as a newfound beauty tool — by accident, of course,” she says. “It turns out it’s actually a fairly nice hand moisturizer.” But for all the advice she’s able to give, Hannigan has had several moments where she wishes a girlfriend was there to help — especially when it comes to red carpet missteps. “I’ve had many and I hope I don’t have many more, but I will,” she says of her style mishaps. “I’ve had a terrible faux pas of wearing a dress backward, which was supposed to look trendy, but it just did not work.” Hannigan is encouraging women to share their stories by logging onto the Head & Shoulders for Women Facebook fan page for a chance to get their best girlfriend advice published in the guide — and to win a VIP trip to Los Angeles. Tell us: What’s the best advice a girlfriend has given to you? –Kim Peiffer