Meghan Markle has always been on our radar, but with her recent wedding to Prince Harry, interest in the American actress has reached stratospheric heights. In all honesty, we haven't been immune from Markle fever either. And considering beauty is our business, it's little surprise that it's Meghan Markle's impeccable hair repertoire that continually piques our interest. She's got those tonged-but-not-too-much waves down pat, understands the power of a polished updo and even makes a good case for bringing back hair straighteners. And this week during a meeting with Nelson Mandela's close friend during an exhibition visit, Meghan was spotted wearing her current fave hairstyle, a low bun.
We know Meghan Markle is a fan of a low-slung bun, and to be honest, we don't blame her. It's equal parts chic and undone but still looks perfectly put together. She finished off the 'do with a centre part and tucked the excess hair behind her ears.
Last week, we've seen just as many hair switch-ups as we have outfit changes for Meghan. As she visited a youth football team in Ireland, she reverted back to a centre part with soft, loose waves.
Meghan switched things up from her day outings (see below) by wearing her hair in loose, soft waves while attending a reception at Glencairn, the residence of the British Ambassador to Ireland yesterday. If there's one thing she knows, it's how to make a glamorous hairstyle look totally wearable and chic.
We spied Meghan Markle wearing her new favourite hairstyles, the low bun, whilst leaving a service to mark the centenary of the RAF at Westminster Abbey. We can see why the low bun is such a draw—it is the perfect updo on which to place a fascinator, and it looks more pulled together than a ponytail, especially for a more formal occasion. But have you spotted the secret detail yet?
Her hairstylist has taken inspiration from the pleated Stephen Jones fascinator she's wearing and left visible comb marks in her hair, which mimics the pleats and adds texture to the otherwise very neat updo. It's subtle, yes, but it pulls the whole look together.
We know Megan Markle loves an updo (see below for proof), but she normally opts for a loose, flowing style. This incredible low slicked-back bun looks ultra-chic and is perfect for this heatwave. If you're re-creating this style, you can tame any flyaways with Ouai Anti-Frizz Smoothing Sheets (£20). These little sheets of magic are enriched with conditioning coconut oil and shea butter to help keep hair shiny and smooth.
Bets are on for Markle to wear a similar updo like this more often.
She doesn't often wear her hair this straight, but it does offer a nice alternative to her signature waves. The flicked ends give the whole thing a bit of a '70s vibe—simply pull your hair curler upwards at the end of each section to re-create.
With her hair pulled a little further over her face than usual, here Markle is serving up major boho vibes.
Soft, tousled waves that look neither too polished nor too dishevelled are Markle's signature staple. If it's a look you struggle with, T3 Whirl Trio (£200) tong comes with three interchangeable barrels so you can create waves of different widths, which will automatically make the texture look more realistic.
Brushing out the waves makes the whole thing look a little more laid-back, as proven by this look. To do the same, you'll need a brush that smooths hair rather than inducing static. Raincry Magnesium Volumizing Brush Plus (£55) is a good bet, thanks to its nylon bristles that sweep hair of excess oils and boost volume at the roots without causing further flyaways. It's also a brilliant blow-dry companion thanks to its heatable core.
Side-swept hairstyles are a pretty big thing right now, as you'll have spotted on the red carpet at this year's Golden Globes. Here, Markle teams her side sweep with glossy curls that have an element of Hollywood glamour about them. This sort of look takes a bit of work, but heated rollers (we know—they're old-school) can help.
Although I'm sure Markle can't resist the lure of a topknot, this lower chignon–style updo is great for framing the face, too. We're betting that her hair was prepped with plenty of serum first to give it that kind of shine. Vernon François Lightweight Styling Serum (£20) does the job of adding shine without clogging up the roots.
It's another side-swept style, but this time Markle has left her hair down in soft waves. To get that root lift, however, you should never underestimate the power of a volumizing spray. Something like Original & Mineral Atonic Thickening Mist (£20) scaffolds the roots without going sticky.
A low messy bun always looks instantly more "done" with the addition of backcombed roots to create a little height. Arm yourself with Ghd Narrow Dressing Brush (£15) and softly backcomb the underneath of the front section of the hair before pulling it back to join the rest of the hair in a low bun. ■
Now? Well, we'll await her other public appearances with baited breath.