Meghan’s hair for the ceremony was styled by Serge Normant, and he spilled the beans on her hair to reporters.
“We had to blow dry [her hair] from wet, I would say it took 45 minutes to an hour,” he explained. “Then they did the make-up and then you fiddle around with it a little bit. But it’s not that long. I always tend to try and go as fast as I can at these events. Nobody wants to sit around.”
“It’s a messy bun, we call it. Messy in a controlled way,” he said. Normant was focused on “making sure it doesn’t become a whole mess after a few hours” without making the hair look too rigid. “I don’t overload the hair with products in general and certainly not on this day,” he shared.
Of course, all eyes were on Meghan’s breathtaking tiara, officially named “Queen Mary’s Filigree tiara”, and this hair style really allowed it to shine.
It’s a diamond antique piece featuring a brooch that dates back to 1893. It Originally belonged to Queen Mary, and was inherited by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Normant said he found out about the tiara early last week, and was focused on making sure the veil and tiara were secure on Markle’s head and wouldn’t move around.
For the evening reception, Meghan’s hair was styled by George Northwood, into a more relaxed take on her wedding day look.
Meghan removed her tiara, and framed her face with loose tendrils, that perfectly suited the more laid-back (and dare we say, sexy) evening attire.
Prep the hair with Kerastase Elixir Oil to reduce flyaways and give extra shine. Smoothe over the top section and add a loose curl to the bottom using a large barrelled tong. The curl will help build the bun.
Section the back of the hair from ear to ear and gently pull into a pony tail leaving sides out. Use a tail comb to lightly pull the hair around the crown for slight volume.
For those with shorter or thinner hair you can add extensions or hair donut for extra body. Gently backcomb the ponytail and pin into a bun, don’t worry about the detail this is to create the inner shape and won’t be seen.
Begin using the left over hair from the sides and gently pin back over the bun by weaving using the shape of the curls to create a simple pattern. Make sure the hair is at different angles so that you create a large even shape.
Loosely pull out a few sections around the face to create the soft and elegant finish fit for the modern day princess. Use a light hairspray such as Kerastase Lacque Noire to keep the style in place all day.