How to recreate Margot Robbie's Barbie ocean wave hair in four simple steps

Margot Robbie is a certified trendsetter, bringing flower power baby braids to a whole new generation and making pink the new black with her incredible Barbiecore looks.

At a recent photocall for the upcoming Barbie movie in Mexico, she also debuted a stunning hairstyle that’s set to be huge over summer: ocean waves.

The Australian actress went for a look that replicated the early 90s Totally Hair Barbie for the event, in a Pucci minidress and pink stilettos just like the doll.

The star of the show, however, was her waist-length hair, which the 33-year-old wore in mermaid-y ripples to mirror the iconic Mattel toy.

Featuring tighter curls than the traditional beach wave that look more crimped than barreled, ocean waves are a new take on the textured, touchable styles we’ve seen before.

It’s also a super easy look to recreate at home and works for most hair types. Margot Robbie-level locks, here we come.

Expert head stylist and educator at Neäl & Wølf, Laura Elliot, says: ‘This summer’s hair trends are all about high-gloss, super healthy looking hair, that reflects and bounces light like the ocean.

‘Whether it’s a curl, a crimp, or a wave, the key for the trend is to create healthy, shiny hair.

‘The beach wave has had an update this year to ocean waves, which gives it a more undone, crimped, textured and glossy look.’

Laura has shared four easy steps to achieve the look:

Step one:

‘The first stage for this look starts in the bathroom with your favourite nourishing hair products,’ says Laura.

‘Apply a nourishing hair-mask or oil and leave to soak into hair for a few hours. Rinse with lukewarm water and brush and dry as usual.’

She recommends a treatment like this around once a week to maintain healthy strands and achieve that sparkly ocean shine.

Step two: 

Next up, Laura advises applying a heat protection spray, before taking a wand or flat iron and starting with the root.

She says: ‘After sectioning the hair, take one section, about 1-2 inches wide, and wrap around the curling wand, starting from the mid-length of your hair and leaving the ends out for a more natural look.

‘Hold the hair around the wand for a few seconds and continue to work your way through all the sections.’

If you prefer to stay away from heat, you could also try plaiting your hair in sections and sleeping in it overnight.

Step three:

When the curls are finished, brush through with a wide-toothed comb (don’t use astandard brush if you’re prone to frizz or flyaways).

‘Then go back in and straighten the very ends of your hair for a more modern look that doesn’t ringlet at the ends of strands,’ adds Laura.

‘This will help create movement and a more contemporary wave which Margot Robbie loves to wear.’

Step four:

Let your curls cool, then run a small amount on hair oil through your tresses, along with a volumising texture spray if you’re in need of a little lift.

Laura continues: ‘To make the look last, the next day you can gently top up the waves where you need an extra bit of curl. Brush through hair in the morning then go back to these sections one by one and add a new curl to the strand.

‘Remember to straighten out the ends and run through with a small amount of oil. I’d also recommend spraying some dry shampoo into roots and mid lengths of hair to freshen up and add some movement back in.’

Pop on your heels and grab Ken and you’re ready to live your life in plastic fantasy.

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