Maggie Gyllenhaal recently joined the Band-Aid, Neosporin, Johnson & Johnson Red Cross and Benadryl Brands to help celebrate the 125th Anniversary of an iconic staple for everyday care—the First Aid Kit. Johnson & Johnson founder Robert Wood Johnson got the idea for making the first commercial First Aid Kits due to a conversation he had with a railway surgeon on a Denver & Rio Grande Railway train in the late 1880s. The surgeon told Johnson that railroad workers were frequently injured, but were too far away from any medical help, and Johnson had the idea to pack his company’s sterile dressings and other products in boxes that could be kept near the workers to treat them in case of injury. Now, First Aid Kits ($10, target.com) are found almost anywhere from homes to workplaces to airplanes. At the celebration, we chatted with Gyllenhaal about Band-Aids, running and her tips for getting the haircut you want.
We’re celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the First Aid Kit. It fits into all different aspects of our lives—it’s perfect for the cook, the athlete, the mom, the adventurer, etc. Where do you find that it fits into your life?
“I definitely use Band-Aids the most as a mom, and Neosporin and stuff. I feel like it’s mostly with my kids.”
As a busy mom with a successful career, how do find time for yourself?
“I have almost no time to myself. Basically the only time is during exercise. So sometimes I’ll go for a run and listen to the news while I’m running. I try to take time for myself at night. I’ll go to dinner or listen to music. I’ll put my kids to sleep and go out. But during the day, especially with a little one… I mean I was exercising at this place where it would take 40 minutes to get there, I’d work out for an hour, an hour and a half, then come back home. It’s just too much time. My husband is a really big runner. He started to teach me about running, so I’ve been running lately. And then I walk outside my house. I can take a forty-five minute run, I feel like I’ve worked out and then I’m done.”
So is running your go-to workout?
“I’m a beginner. I’m a new, new, newbie. I’ve been doing this aerobics class that I really like, which has been great for my body because it’s so toning and strengthening. I was doing like an hour of cardio aerobics, which I had to work up to, but it made me feel so strong. So when I started running, even though it was very different and much harder I felt, I kind of had some strength already. So I’m a beginner runner, but because my husband runs—he’s a long distance runner—he runs such long distances, I started out running pretty far because I was with him and he was like, ‘Oh, we’ll just do five miles,’ so I just ran five miles. When I run by myself, I run about three and a half.”
Switching gears to beauty, we love your short haircut. Do you have any advice for somebody who is thinking about getting a big chop?
“I’ve always been someone who’s played with my hair and cut it. I have a hard time just growing it and leaving it a certain way. I don’t know; it’s not for everybody. I really like it; I feel really good. And I’ve certainly cut my hair in ways in which I did not feel good. I would say do not cut your hair short if you’re pregnant. And I say, think about it. That’s my advice. Make sure that you have a good hairdresser. When you get a short cut, you have to have a great haircut. And you have to cut it often. About every three weeks I feel like I need to do at least a little trim on my hair. And I would say, go and talk to your hairdresser, ask your hairdresser what he or she thinks about your face, the quality of your hair, if it’s going to work on you. I mean I cut my hair first for a movie and I had kind of a bowl cut, which was fantastic for the movie when they did my hair everyday. And when I got home, I was like ‘what do I do with this?’ I can’t blow-dry it so it’s shiny and perfect—that’s just not going to be me. So I need a haircut that’s very simple to maintain. But I think, take some time and think and ask someone who knows your hair.”
What are the beauty essentials that you can’t leave home without?
“I always moisturize, so when I get out of the shower, I always put on oil. I just stay wet and put oil on, and then sort of just pat it dry with a towel. And I always have lipstick in my purse because I’m a lipstick girl. It makes me feel good.”