Salma Hayek and Debra Messing Dish on Getting Gorgeous Hair at Book Launch

03/02/2009 at 04:00 PM ET

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Gracing magazines is nothing new for Salma Hayek, but now the actress is venturing into literature with an appearance on the front cover of hairstylist Robert Vetica’s book, Good to Great Hair. At Thursday’s Moroccanoil-sponsored launch party for the tome, which offers hairstyles and advice based on hair type, the star, who wrote the forward to the book, revealed what led her to become involved in the project with Vetica, whose other A-list clients include Jennifer Lopez, Marion Cotillard, Mariah Carey, Renee Zellweger and Naomi Watts. “I think it’s great that women can get ideas of what is best for them without having to go to somebody who’s super-expensive like Robert is in real life,” she told PEOPLE. Another famous fan, Debra Messing, said that Vetica encouraged her to love her curly locks. “Every day was an interesting hair moment growing up,” she revealed. “One of the first things that Robert taught me was that it was not a disaster. He was like, ‘Your hair is fabulous and it could do anything!'” she says. Hayek, added, “When he does my hair for an event, the blow-dry lasts for four or five days. I don’t know how he does it, but I have great hair for the whole week once he does it for one day!” But forget hair for a minute, what is the secret to Hayek’s glow? “I am happy,” the newlywed said with a sly grin. Click here to get Good to Great Hair for yourself — and help support one of Salma’s preferred causes while you’re at it. The book’s publisher is donating a portion each purchase towards UNICEF’s efforts to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. – Reporting by Jenny Sundel

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