6 need-to-know hair tips from Margot Robbie’s hair colourist

Achieve red carpet-worthy hair, every day

There’s no doubt that Margot Robbie has one of the best heads of hair going around in Hollywood, with the Aussie actress sporting enviable hairstyles, cuts and colours at every red carpet event she attends.

Celebrity colourist Matt Rez is the man behind Margot’s golden locks and here, he shares his six need-to-know tips and tricks for achieving red carpet-worthy hair, every day.

#1 / Skip a wash

Rez says that one of the biggest mistakes we’re all making when it comes to caring for our hair is over-washing it. So how much is too much? “Shampooing more than two to three times a week,” says Rez. Instead of shampooing so regularly, reach for your dry shampoo when your hair feels like it needs a bit of a refresh. Not only will you avoid stripping your hair of moisture, dry shampoo works brilliant as a texturising spray, perfect for adding extra body and oomph.

#2 / Check the ingredients

While the ingredients list on the back of a hair care product can sometime seem as though it’s written in another language, Rez suggests educating yourself regarding what’s included in your favourite shampoo and conditioner, as well as styling creams and sprays, and recommends steering clear of products that are highly fragranced as “in my experience, they are way more damaging and dry out your hair more when used over time.” Rez also says, “I would stay away from any hair product that lists isopropyl alcohol. It’s another source of dryness!”

#3 / Study your face

When it comes to choosing the perfect hair colour for your face shape, eye colour and skin tone, Rez believes the “perfect colour depends on two factors: level and tone. I base my colour tone on clients’ skin tone and level of lightness in their eye colour. The lighter the eye colour, the lighter the hair can typically go and stay healthy. Tonal wise, olive skin tones tend to look better with warmer colours in the golden world, and fair skin tones do better with neutral blondes or more beige colours.”

#4 / Where to splurge

Choosing what products to splurge and save on can be incredibly confusing in the vast and complicated world of hair care. In order to keep hair healthy and strong, Rez recommend spending money on products that are designed to protect and uphold the integrity of the hair. “My favourite anti-breakage product of all time is Olaplex. The No.3 used at home will do wonders to keep hair that’s processed or heat styled, strong and healthy.”

Rez also suggests picking up a treatment or mask as they work to bring back and boost moisture levels in each hair strand and to choose shampoos and conditioners that are sulfate free to preserve colour treated hair. We'd recommend Kérastase Densifique Masque DensitéJohn Frieda Frizz-Ease Miraculous Recovery Intensive Masque or L’Oréal Professionel Vitamino Color A-Ox Jelly Masque.

Kérastase Densifique Masque Densité

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Miraculous Recovery Intensive Masque

L’Oréal Professionel Vitamino Color A-Ox Jelly Masque

#5 / Less is more

Many of us have experienced the frustration of wanting to mix up our hair, without wanting the change to be too dramatic. To avoid serious colour woes after a salon visit, Rez says it’s important to “show them [your hairdresser] photos and be realistic. Be specific on colour choice and placement. Build on your natural base colour and tell them less is more. You can always add more of anything and enjoy the process of a major change over time. It’s more forgiving on your hair and your eyes will have time to adjust and appreciate your new look,” he added.

#6 / Jump on the ombré bandwagon

Rez is known for using a balayage technique to create perfectly painted, soft ombré looks that add light and depth to the face and says, “I love it because it really is like painting on a 3D canvas. Besides producing the most natural colour result that mimics extreme sun exposure, it’s a more artistic and creative technique where you can really see the placement of the highlights.” As a result, it delivers a soft and warm look, guaranteed to suit everyone.

Confused by hair colouring terms? Here’s exactly what balayage, ombré and foilyage mean.

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Kate has worked for BEAUTYcrew since early 2016, first as a contributor, before being named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine.