From crushing criminals in Murder in the First to killing the style game on the red carpet, actor Taye Diggs has no problem making an entrance. But commanding a room with his cool demeanor and sophisticated sense of ease is more than just a credit to Diggs’s job in the limelight—it’s a reflection of how he approaches all of life’s turns: with a smile.
Here, his top three tips.
1. If your hair runs out on you, let it go.
You may think you’re holding onto the glory days by rocking a receding hairline and thinning hair, but a clean break allows your dapper self to make a powerful resurgence.
Take Diggs’s lead and shave it off. “I rocked the shaved head before my hair started receding,” Diggs said. “So as soon as I saw those corners inching towards the back of my head, I took it all off—as opposed to just watching the hair fade away.”
But maintaining the look requires plenty of moisture to protect and soothe the newly exposed skin. Diggs says he relies on Kiehl’s products to keep his skin glowing, and you can use exfoliating treatments like the Deep Micro Exfoliating Scalp Treatment to keep the skin surface fresh, too.
Also, make sure you apply a moisturizer like the Bee Bald Smooth Plus with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays.
Your hair might not come back, but your confidence and sleek sense of style will return ten-fold.
2. Choose confidence as your calling card.
In Chocolate Me!, his children’s book about a black boy teased for looking different from his peers, Diggs encourages kids to love themselves, not in spite of their differences, but because of them.
After becoming a parent (with then-wife Idina Menzel) to 5-year-old son Walker, he knew another story needed to be shared, too. “I’m working on my second children’s book that’s inspired by my son,” Diggs says. “Mixed Me! is about a little boy that is the product of an interracial relationship.”
The lesson: No matter what your skin color or hair type, don’t fight your genes. Regardless of grooming trends, accept your freckles, curly hair, thinning hair, pale skin—or whatever you were born with as your unique signature.
3. Make your smile your best accessory.
Yellow teeth aren’t an option for someone who’s always in the spotlight. To keep his trademark teeth bright, Diggs swears by Crest Pro Health HD and even partnered with the oral care brand on a video about the two-step system and its #HealthyObsession campaign.
“It’s one thing that I can do that make me feel confident,” Diggs says. A smile can reveal a lot of things about you, but your age doesn’t have to be one of them.