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Giada De Laurentiis: 'I Regret Ever Taking Pictures With My Hair Down in the '80s and '90s'

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Courtesy Clairol Natural Instincts

We rarely see Giada De Laurentiis without a shiny, fresh blowout. (For someone who is always in the kitchen, it’s really impressive.) But the glamorous chef recently revealed that it took a while for her to figure out how to keep her unruly tresses in check.

“I have curly, frizzy hair. I learned how to tame it instead of it taming me,” she told PEOPLE at a Clairol press event in N.Y.C. “I have tried to experiment. I’ve gone blonde. I’ve cut my hair short. All sorts of things in an effort to figure out what I was doing and where I felt the best.”

De Laurentiis also confessed that some past hair decisions still haunt her. “I only love pictures of me from the ’80s and ’90s with my hair up in a clip or a ponytail. I regret ever taking any pictures with my hair down. I remember the first day on set of Everyday Italian, 12 years ago, I had my curly hair — the wet gel look — and the stylist tried to tame it. I remember the director looking at me and going, ‘There’s light going through, I can see through your hair. This is a problem on camera.'”

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Now that we know her deep, dark, crispy secret, we’ve got to know: How does she keep that blowout so glossy? By keeping it hydrated, she says (she uses olive oil — what else?) and by using Clairol’s Natural Instincts hair color (her pick: Hot Coco) in between salon visits.

“I feel like this one makes me feel the most confident,” she said. “I can’t get into the salon as often as I like to; I travel a lot and my hair goes through work and styling and heat and all that, so it’s a great way for me to boost the color and give it some shine without having to sit in a salon for hours, which is what it takes these days.”

Speaking of hours in the salon, the TV chef — who’s gearing up to open a new restaurant in Las Vegas — also shared a recent celeb hairstyle she can’t get enough of: Kerry Washington’s gorgeous French braid.

“I just feel like she was in Robin Hood or something. It was just so romantic and beautiful and just so sexy,” she gushed. “I just thought, ‘Wow that looks really amazing, especially on a pregnant woman.’ She just looked so beautiful. She got me excited — I’m looking forward to some creative style and some really cool looks at the Oscars.”

We hope she’s right! What do you think about De Laurentiis’s hair confessions? Do you love her recent hair looks? Share your thoughts below.

–Brittany Talarico