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The Secrets Behind Lucy Liu's Perfect Hair

06/20/2013 at 10:30 AM ET

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Every time we see a photo of Lucy Liu‘s hair, we find ourselves suffering from major tress envy. And (if you can believe it) it’s even more stunning in person.

Luckily for us, the actress was happy to share how she keeps her locks so healthy. As it turns out, it’s a three-step process.

“I try to get a trim every month, drink a ton of water, and use a lot of Moroccanoil products,” the actress told PEOPLE at the Girl Scouts’ and Nestle’s National Treasure Trade kick-off in N.Y.C. “They repair anything that’s going on.”

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And when temperatures heat up, Liu combats frizz with a sleek braid.

“I love biking around in the city in the summer in a braid,” she shared. “It’s easier than a ponytail, especially when you have to put a helmet on.”

Speaking of braids, we’re still trying to recreate that show-stopping fishtail plait she wore to the Golden Globes in January (below), a look that Liu loved just as must as we did. (Though she admits of that one: “The reaction was 50/50. People loved it or they didn’t.”)

Also on her best-ever red carpet list? “That Versace metal gown from the Emmys was just unbelievable,” she said. “It was ergonomically designed so it was comfortable even though it looked really heavy.”

Lucy LiuJeff Vespa/Wireimage; Jason Merritt/Getty

And though Liu loves playing the red-carpet glamour girl, she also gets a kick out of the laid-back looks on the set of her CBS hit Elementary where she plays Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick Joan Watson.

“Joan’s style is really comfortable and casual,” she shares. “I think one thing we wanted to do was make sure she wasn’t too manicured.”

And if she could raid any other TV character’s closet, who would it be?

“Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife and Kerry Washington. I love the style on Scandal,” she says. “There’s a power to how they dress and I like that. They’re so put together. They are so high-fashion and Joan is not high-fashion.”

Tell us: Do you have the same Liu hair and style envy we do?

–Brittany Talarico

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