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Katie Holmes Shares Exclusive Mom-Beauty Secrets!

Katie Holmes is upping her game.

This summer she goes from guest star to series regular in season three of Showtime's "Ray Donovan" and she will direct her first feature. With TV and film work, and her daughter, Suri, Katie keeps a lot of plates spinning. Yet, no matter how crazy life can get as a working mom she always looks put together—and that mane of hair is enviable. What's her secret?

"It's really about putting good stuff in on the inside and then these products [on the outside]," Katie told Parents at an event for Alterna Haircare. Just like any mom, Katie doesn't have time to make a big fuss before she leaves the house each day, "I wear my hair in a ponytail or a bun a lot, so after I pull it back I'll use Alterna Caviar CC Cream to smooth it out. It's fun to get glam for the red carpet, but my preferred look is natural."

While Katie may be beautiful, she grew up in a house where beauty was not the forefront of the discussion, "As a girl and as a woman what I really appreciated growing up was the emphasis was on being as well-educated as possible and reaching your potential in education. So when I grew up, I was really so focused on that and being a good person and my outside appearance I didn't even know about. I didn't even think about. I think that was such a wonderful gift and I think that's a very important thing especially to give to young girls today." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

Ruthie Fierberg is an editorial assistant at Parents. Though she does not have children of her own, she's practically been raising kids since her first babysitting job at age 11. She is also our resident theater aficionado. Follow her on Twitter @RuthiesATrain.

Photograph: Credit Helga Esteb