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  • <i>“In the first half of the film, Margot’s look was inspired by a photo of Debbie Harry from the late ’70s or early ’80s,” said lead hairstylist Anne Morgan. “We added dark and light wefts to make her hair much longer and added a dark root and texture.”<br />
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<b>Get the Look:</b><br />
1. Apply <a href='http://www.oribe.com/index.php/products/view/2226/grandiose/' target='_parent'>Grandiose Plumping Mousse</a> to damp hair. Create a center part and blow-dry the hair with a diffuser.<br />
2. Use a medium barrel iron all over the hair, wrapping the hair around the barrel (no clamp) and leaving out the ends.<br />
3. Backcomb the hair with a Mason Pearson brush. <a href='http://www.oribe.com/index.php/products/view/4750/airbrush-root-touch-up-sprays/' target='_parent'>Airbrush the roots black</a>.<br />
4. Use your hands to break apart the waves. Flip your head upside down to rough up the hair’s texture.<br />
5. Pull part of the hair into a ponytail, or pin back the sides, leaving volume at the top and pieces of hair framing the face.<br />
6. Finish the look with <a href='http://www.oribe.com/index.php/products/view/53/impermeable-anti-humidity-spray/' target='_parent'>Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray</a>.</i>
  • <i>“In the second half of the film, Margot’s look was inspired by an old editorial from Italian Vogue with a bit of Grace Kelly. There’s an iciness to her look that’s a modern and geometric. We still included wefts but they were shorter with a high-end cut.” <br />
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<b>Get the Look:</b><br />
1. Use <a href='http://www.oribe.com/index.php/products/view/59/royal-blowout-heat-styling-spray/' target='_parent'>Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray</a> and flat-iron the hair while keeping a deep side part.<br />
2. Backcomb the underside of the hair, which will help the hair to roll under, while keeping the hair smooth throughout the crown.<br />
3. Roll the hair under at the nape of the neck, curving to the shape of the head. Use bobby pins and crisscross them to secure the hair’s shape. “We also used vintage combs to make the silhouette tighter behind the ears,” explained Morgan.<br />
4. Finish the look with <a href='http://www.oribe.com/index.php/products/view/70/superfine-hair-spray/' target='_parent'>Superfine Hair Spray</a>.</i>
  • <i>“This was our favorite look among everyone-the hair and make-up department, costume department, Margot and the directors. We were filming in this palace in Buenos Aires, and as soon as Margot put on her red dress, we all started screaming and yelling. We were so happy to see such a collaborative look come together so beautifully. The idea for this hair is very geometric and formed, following the curves in the dress for a scene where she slinks down the stairwell.”<br />
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<b>Get the Look:</b><br />
1. Use <a href='http://www.oribe.com/index.php/products/view/59/royal-blowout-heat-styling-spray/' target='_parent'>Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray</a> and blow-dry the hair smooth.<br />
2. Use a small barrel curling iron at the bang section, starting at the front of the crown, and a medium barrel curling iron throughout the rest of the hair.<br />
3. Brush the hair smooth. Take about three-quarters of the hair from the back and style it up into a ponytail. Twist the pony into a wide bun while keeping volume at the back. Secure with pins.<br />
4. Brush the remaining hair in the front. Wrap this section of the hair around the bun, forming a bump shape at the top. Secure with pins.<br />
5. Set the look with <a href='http://www.oribe.com/index.php/products/view/70/superfine-hair-spray/' target='_parent'>Superfine Hair Spray</a> and <a href='http://oribe.com/index.php/products/view/1884' target='_parent'>Shine Light Reflecting Spray</a>.</i>
  • <i><a href='http://www.annemorgan.me/' target='_parent'>Anne Morgan</a><br />
Read our interviews with her for the films <a href='http://www.oribe.com/index.php/explore/post/4581/' target='_parent'>Best of Me</a> and <a href='http://www.oribe.com/index.php/explore/post/3446' target='_parent'>Runner Runner</a></i>
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Margot Robbie in "Focus"

The new film Focus stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie as two con-artists who become romantically involved but, after three years apart, find themselves at opposite ends of the same scheme. Hair Department Head Anne Morgan prepared for Focus, and creating Robbie’s multiple hair looks, by working with sleight-of-hands artist Apollo Robbins from Las Vegas. “Robbins taught us that there are different kinds of con-artists in the way that they come across,” said Morgan. “Some are flashier with fancy cars, others are more casual and street-looking. So we wanted to make distinctly different versions of Robbie’s look throughout the film.”

For the first half of the film, Morgan gave Robbie an edgier, rougher look, adding long wefts to her hair with a wave and dark roots. (“If you’re going to wear your hair up, place the wefts in the opposite direction,” tipped Morgan.) For the second half of the film, which took place in Buenos Aires, Robbie became the “flashier con-artist” with sleek blonde hair—no more roots—and a geometric line to her hair shape. “The first half was rough and fuzzy with Robbie’s hair,” explained Morgan. “Later in the film, we wanted her hair to be graphic and smooth. We used Shine Light Reflecting Spray and Gold Lust Nourishing Oil to make her look very high-end.”

Click through our slideshow to see Morgan’s favorite hairstyles for Robbie on the set of
Focus, the inspiration and how to get the look.
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