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LET’S TALK ABOUT MEGHAN MARKLE’S TRADEMARK HAIR. Anthony’s latest how to seen The Sydney Morning Herald.

Let’s talk about Meghan Markle’s trademark look

If you’re reading this, and you’re in a good place emotionally*, then you’re into Meghan Markle. Maybe not in an obsessive way (although, no judgment if you are).

Maybe just in a “Huh? That’s an interesting fashion choice” way and I bid you welcome.

While the former-actress-turned-royal-fiancee is in possession of many signature looks – the freckles, the little berets, the gazing at her fiance as if he is Hercules – her trademark right now, less than a month out from the wedding, is a casual bun.

I say “casual” as opposed to “messy” because, while it began its public life looking a little “home-made” it has certainly graduated since.

It was January 9, and Markle’s first proper outing with Prince Harry (to a youth radio station in Brixton), that the casual bun made its debut. It was properly messy, deliberately so, of course, with strands hither and thither, and the slightest hint of a bird’s nest at the crown of her head. Nobody would be surprised if Markle said she had done it herself.

The bun popped up again on the trip to Cardiff Castle in Wales on January 19. A mere two and half months later, it was Bun Time again for a trip to Northern Ireland on April 19.

The bun was a fraction more polished two days later at Royal Albert Hall, to celebrate the Queen’s 92nd birthday. It was obvious Markle’s hair had been cut and that she had employed a curling iron, or even a stylist for this bun. The strands were no longer straight, and the bun was low and neat.

Which brings us to her most recent bun, at a memorial service in London on Tuesday. This was slightly more polished again. Still, it was hardly tight, or high, or what anyone would call symmetrical.

That’s quite a bit of casual bunning, even for an almost-royal. The fact that she wears it exclusively with what might best be described as “office manager” dresses allows for the messiness. Which means you, too, can wear it to the office, or a family wedding. The question now becomes: how?

For the answer, we turned to celebrity stylist and hairdresser Anthony Nader, from Raw Hair in Sydney’s Surry Hills.

Nader recommends you begin by making sure you have second day hair. “Your hair will be better off left on the dirtier side. If you strands are too clean and soft at the moment, give them a quick once over with a dry texture spray, like Muk’s sea salt spray – over the root area and massage the product through.”

“Lightly brush the product through with a Mason Pearson brush as this will distribute nice and evenly from mid-lengths to ends.

“Next, tilt your head back and scrape your hair from the hairline back to the nape area into a bun that’s just below your crown area. Tie this up into a twisted knot and secure with bobby pins.

“Pull loose the shorter pieces framing the face as this gives you the modern, current edge that is required for this royal look.

“Make sure that you have shorter pieces framing the face for this. If your hair is one length, it won’t do you any favours, as you need shorter pieces to soften the look of what we’re trying to achieve. Also, you don’t need to go overboard with smoothing over the hair shape, as that’s going to look way too formal. Keep the texture piecey and disheveled to nail this royal up-do.”

There you have it. The perfect casual bun to wear to an upcoming wedding – perhaps even your own.

*Emotionally stable i.e. not hate reading this because you consider yourself somehow superior for looking down on a woman in her mid-thirties.

By Natalie Reilly

HOW TO CREATE THAT ROYAL NO-FUSS BUN as seen by Anthony VOGUE

Meghan Markle has officially committed to the no-fuss updo as her go-to royal look, so we found how to create the hairstyle of 2018.

While Meghan Markle is learning the ropes when it comes to perfecting royal outings, we’ve noticed one trend has emerged–each time Markle has stepped out hand-in-hand with fiancé Prince Harry, she’s opted for a chic bun, complete with a few strands left out in a fuss-free way. It has quickly become her signature look and so we quizzed Anthony Nader of Sydney’s Raw Anthony Nader salon, to learn his insider tips for recreating it at home.

This style is best suited to dirty hair, so the good news is you don’t have to start with an ambitious washing and drying regime. “If your strands are too clean and soft at the moment, give them a quick once over with a dry shampoo or dry texture spray like Muk’s dry shampoo over the root area and massage the product through,” says Nader. It’s that nice, one-day-old, lived-in hair you’re after.

Then, lightly brush the product through with a Mason Pearson brush: “This will distribute nice and evenly from mid-lengths to ends,” he says.

To create the bun, tilt your head back and scrape your hair from the hairline back to the nape area, securing it just below your crown area. Tie this up into a twisted knot and secure with your bobby pins.

“The most important aspect of this new trend is the shorter pieces framing the face, as this gives you the modern, current edge that is required for this look,” Nader adds. “If your hair is one length, it won’t do you any favours – as you need shorter pieces to soften the look of what we’re trying to achieve.”

He also reminds us to make like Meghan and refrain from over-smoothing the hair, instead keep it textured, piecey and just a little bit dishevelled, for that royal-approved look.

HOW TO GET MEGHAN MARKLE’S ROYAL MESSY BUN. Anthony’s latest how to seen Harper’s Bazaar.

Anyone who has turned on a TV, opened a magazine or glanced at a newspaper over the past few months will be familiar with the sight of Ms Meghan Markle.

Since her engagement to Prince Harry and subsequent rise from LA girl-about-town to soon-to-be princess and duchess, Rachel Meghan Markle has joined Kate Middleton in sharing in Princess Diana’s notorious and ill-famed title of ‘The Most Photographed Woman in the World.’

But, out of the constant stream of photographs, you might have noticed she is currently presenting a very different image to her future sister-in-law, Duchess Catherine.

Throughout Kate’s hundreds of public appearances, she has established an almost unbreakable royal style M.O.: knee-length hems, ever-present pantyhose, sensible heels no higher than five inches, covered shoulders, demure silhouettes, and a hair and beauty standard that never travels south of ‘perfectly put-together.’

In fact, even when she’s participating in sports events, standing in the middle of blustering winds, or—quite literally—absailing down a cliff face, Kate’s now-iconic blow out is never one hair out of place.

It’s a hairstyle and a perception that has become synonymous with Kate’s public image—the poised duchess, a loving mother of two-soon-three, who just happens to have really, really, really good hair.

It was the same picture-perfect, consistently blown-out, glossy-bouncy-waves-abound precision that we might have been expecting from Meghan. Afterall, the actress had been a staunch fan of the blow-out prior to her engagement, and her hair has always been a thing of wonder, so why shouldn’t that polish continue post-royal introduction?

But stepping out at two of her three formal engagements post-engagement, Meghan has surprised and delighted fans by sporting a delightfully undone version of a messy bun. Her bun, pulled up and twisted at the back, with a few free tendrils pulled out to frame her face, has the same kind of nonchalance and irreverence that we sometimes achieve ourselves before a Sunday farmer’s market outing. It’s a style RAW Hair’s Anthony Nader calls, a “revamped, standard activewear bun”.

But her fresh-take activewear bun might have a meaning more hidden than just personal preference. Ever since Meghan’s arrival into Kensington Palace’s palatial grounds, her image has been purposefully skewed to appear more casual, more modern and more relaxed. Meghan and Catherine might be the same age—36—yet Meghan commands a younger and cooler persona. Her Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy inspired style, her playful interviews and her light-hearted subversion of royal style commandments (no pantyhose at public events? Oy vey!) are all successfully creating an image of youth and approachability.

“The public are enjoying her fresh, relaxed approach very much as it is a little ‘un-royal’ at this stage. Prince Harry and Meghan have been wowing crowds on their recent royal tours. Meghan is definitely good news for the British royal family—she is interesting, effervescent and glowing with happiness, people are always attracted to those qualities,” says Zarife Hardy, director of the Australian School of Etiquette.

“I feel Meghan is keeping her style and image very approachable, relaxed and real at this stage. Although she is royal-to-be she is keeping her style simple yet elegant. I think her message is to look genuine and happy, not stuffy and putting on a show.”

And her display of genuity is working a charm. Following her messy-bun-equipped appearances, both the public and the media have been dutifully charmed. Headlines across the world praise her relaxed approach to dressing, whilst women have finally found a royal figure they relate to, her carefree demeanour acting as a lighting beacon for normal women everywhere.

“Kate is known for her voluminous, beautiful blow-outs, whereas Meghan has that more youthful presence about her which suits that messy bun look and attracts a younger generation,” Anthony Nader notes. “It could be her new trait, although it’s only early days yet!”

But just because Meghan is side-stepping royal formality in the hair department doesn’t mean you should expect Duchess Catherine or the Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice to be rocking three-day hair or undone chignons the next time they step out to christen a ship or cut a ribbon.

Zarife Hardy explains that Meghan’s current style and approach to beauty is likely the result of her gradual pre-wedding introduction into society—something that will likely become more polished and refined once she is endowed with an official title and made a Princess of the United Kingdom.

“The royals are groomed to act and behave in a certain way that compliments the royal brand and image,” says Hardy. “Meghan comes from a very different background being an American actress, the royal family is certainly granting a relaxed approach now, but subtle changes are destined to happen. Wearing jeans for example is not really appropriate for royal engagements, clothing choices show a more respectful attitude towards organisations and crowds that royalty meet. Particularly for a lady, their choices are always highly critiqued so it is far better to dress up than down.”

Once their May wedding rolls around, we can probably expect fewer messy buns and ripped jeans—perhaps even some pantyhose.

“I feel at this point in time, they are letting them both enjoy their engagement and allowing Meghan a little freedom in her style and protocols. I doubt very much though, that her image and style will stay the same post the wedding.”

“I feel Meghan will do her best to stay true to herself, her image and her style. To date, Prince Harry and Meghan have managed to do what many other non royal couples fail to do when they step out in public, they look like a pair and their dress complements each other. They are both more relaxed in their attitude, approach and style.”

“I think this will continue, however some fine tuning may happen post the big wedding day.”

We can certainly expect a show of the ‘Meghan Effect’ on the public, however. The wider fashion and beauty communities tend to keep their eye on the royals (whether they admit to it, or not), so an influx of chic messy buns in your boardroom meetings and Sunday brunches might become more and more comme il faut.

“The public always look to the royals for fashion ideas and inspiration, anyone attracted to Meghan Markle’s style will definitely be observing the brands she wears (her Marks and Spencer £45 knit was a hit). Her personality so far is congruent with the style she is wearing,” says Hardy of the incoming trend start-up.

While Nader says: “I like the paired back, undetected, understated bun—don’t get me wrong! I think it’s always quite cool when the woman is wearing a really beautiful, chic dress or pant—I am all for the hair to not be the main priority here. Do I think it’s going to be a thing? Yes, because it’s on the royal radar, but this is not a new thing on the runway. Look at Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren. It’s not a new style, it’s just been reinvented to be royal.”

As for Meghan, a baptism, a wedding and a British peerage will do the trick for her own reinvention into a royal—but, for now, we’ll take every chic messy bun we can get.

By Mahalia Chang