Anthony Ward

 Shiny, silky and glossy—Padma Lakshmi has the kind of hair that makes women everywhere want to know what she’s using (no wonder Pantene made her a spokeswoman). Of course, even those blessed with great hair don’t want to be a slave to styling. The multitasking mom, Top Chef host and jewelry designer revealed her favorite ways to cut corners without sacrificing style. Click on to find out Padma’s secrets!

Hot Curlers: When she wants ’70s-style Farrah Fawcett waves, she plugs in her Babyliss hot curlers. Her trick: First, spritz sections of hair with Pantene volumizer, then roll them up (not under). “I use narrower ones underneath for volume and larger ones on top to create loose, fuller waves,” she says.

A Great Brush: When blow-drying, “I use a boar-bristle Mason Pearson brush and put my head upside down,” says Lakshmi. “Anyone with long hair will tell you that her arms get tired otherwise.” Also, “I hold the dryer by the nozzle for more control.”

Straightening Iron: When the inverted-head blow-dry yields an occasional imperfection, “I fix it with a straightening iron,” she says.

Try on Padma’s gorgeous locks!