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How To Get Your Dream Hair. 3 Tips You Can Actually Steal From A Celebrity Colorist

In order to get the hair of your dreams there are 3 main steps that need to be followed. The first step in creating great hair is by creating dimension by simulating natural colors and movement. Step 2 is making sure the hair has all the correct undertones that are needed to be complimentary to the clients skin tone. Finally we have step 3, which may be the most important of all. Step 3 is the at home care/maintenance that the client has to upkeep when they are out of the salon. By following all 3 of these steps, great hair is the only option!

Step One: Create Dimensions By Simulating Natural Colors & Movement.

You may be wondering how to create natural looking dimension and I’ve got your answer! I created a color application technique that I call “midlights” that help mimic naturally occurring lightness that the sun creates on hair. I use Redken Chromatics in Clear to help get a subtle but beautiful lift that gives an amazing glow to the hair. I also use Redken’s ShadesEQ Cream and Flash Lift Bonder Inside to create highlights and lowlights to make sure there are pops of brightness and shades of darker tones to create depth. By using 3 different formulas to have highlights, midlights, and lowlights you can create the most natural looking and beautiful hair color!

Step Two: Correct Undertones That Compliment Skin Tone.

The next step in the process is making sure the hair has the correct undertone that suits the clients skin tone. I analyze the natural hair color the client has and I create a cocktail of all the Redken ShadesEQ Glosses and create the perfect concoction that will help emphasize all the amazing tones of the hair I want to pop. Redken’s ShadesEQ Glosses really are the best in the business and help me create the most beautiful tones!

Step Three: Proper At Home Care/Maintenance.

The final step which really is just the cherry on top, is at home care. 

In order to keep the blondes beautiful and vibrant I suggest using Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate in order to help balance out the high alkalinity of our shower water.

 I also love for my brunettes, Redken’s Brownlights Shampoo and Conditioner. 

Then if a client ever wants to use heat on their hair, making sure to use a heat protectant is absolutely necessary! I love Redken’s Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer to get any hair ready for heat. Then I love to finish off hair with Redken’s Shine Flash Spray to really give the hair that luxurious feel! 

By following all these steps I promise that every person will have the hair of their dreams!


Los Angeles based celebrity hair colorist Matt Rez specializes in all techniques of hair coloring including the art of balayage. His everlasting passion for painting and the art of hair color led him to cosmetology school in Portland, Oregon. After moving to Los Angeles, Matt attended the Vidal Sassoon Academy for advanced hair color techniques and attends continuous color education courses to stay updated on his craft with the latest hair color trends, products, and professional insider secrets. 

His celebrity clients include Jenna Dewan, Margot Robbie, Eiza Gonzalez, and Chiara Ferragni to name a few. Matt’s work has been published in Allure, Vanity Fair, Elle, Glamour, Vogue, Marie Claire, Nylon, InStyle, Newbeauty, and other major publication /mediums. 

 He made an appearance on hit talk show “The Real,” has been featured on ABC News, The Huffington post, and mentioned on various red carpet ceremonies including the Oscars.


Below are several of Matt's favorite products that you can use, to achieve the hair of your dreams. 

For Blondes: Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate

Redken's most concentrated daily hair repair system. This sulfate-free shampoo is for dry, damaged hair, reinforcing weakened bonds, protection and strengtheing for less breakage.

For Brunettes: Redken’s Brownlights Shampoo and Conditioner

Redken's Color Extend Brownlights Blue Toning Shampoo is a sulfate-free, blue toning shampoo for natural and color-treated brunettes. This toning shampoo color corrects and prevents brassiness on brown hair.

Redken Chromatics in Clear 

Matt uses Redken Chromatics in Clear to help get a subtle but beautiful lift that gives an amazing glow to the hair.

This revolutionary hair color leaves your hair 2X more fortified than without, so your hair looks shinier and healthier after just one use. 

The technology behind Chromatics is a result of breakthrough research from the Redken labs: ODS (Oil Delivery System) + Protein Extract Technology gives Chromatics the unique ability to fortify hair and deliver color pigments at the same time.

Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Treatment Primer

Matt loves the Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer to get any hair ready for heat.

This multi-purpose blow-dry cream will reduce blow-dry time and leave hair feeling smooth and nourished for a salon-like blow-out finish. 

Pillow Proof Blow Dry Cream preps hair for blow-drying with anti-frizz heat protection up to 450 degrees and protects hair leaving it 3x stronger and healthier.

Redken Shine Flash Spray

Give hair that luxurious feel with Matt's favorite hair finisher! 

Shine Flash is a shine spray that is perfect for adding glass-like shine instantly to your hair before you head out for the day. This weightless shine provides a light mist that glosses your hair and revives dull looking ends.

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