Up, down, half-up, loose, sleek: Meghan Markle’s hair has tried it all on her first royal tour down under. While the Duchess appears to be enjoying trialling new hairstyles (as she takes on the challenge of humidity and island air) her most recent ‘do, a chic ponytail with body and bounce, is the one you’ll want to recreate yourself.
This is only the second time we’ve seen the Duchess whip back her signature face-framing strands into a ponytail - the first time was just one week ago in Australia - and we don’t think it will be the last.
Polished enough to wear to a formal function such as a wedding, or to a meeting with the Prime Minister of Tonga, and cool on those sticky summer days, this ponytail is the style you need to master. And you will, because it's simple!
Begin with your hair out and parted in the center. Using an oval cushion brush (ideal for smoothing flyaways), pull strands back into your palm keeping the part intact. Determine the most flattering position for your ponytail – Meghan wears her roughly 2cm above the top of her ears - then secure tightly with an elastic. Take a drop of hair oil, rub it between your palms, and apply to smooth down flyaways. More stubborn strands may need to be tackled with a styling gel.
Using a curling wand, take sections of the ponytail and wrap just the bottom half of the hair around the barrel. Once the ponytail is curled, take your fingers and pull out the curls to create a soft loose wave. Set waves with a lightweight hairspray.
Take a small section of hair from the pony and wrap it around the elastic. You can secure with a single pin pointing downward into the pony or forgo the pin by spraying the wrapped hair with hairspray then blasting it set with your hair dryer.