It’s bye bye bun! How the Duchess of Sussex ditched her signature style for a sleek new ponytail at Prince Louis’ christening

The Duchess of Sussex debuted a new look at Prince Louis‘ christening ceremony yesterday – a sleek ponytail.

Slipping discreetly into the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace on her husband Prince Harry‘s arm, Meghan ensured all eyes were on the star of the show on Louis’ big day, but fans were still quick to spot her new ‘do, a departure from her trademark ‘undone’ bun.

The ponytail is something of a new style for Meghan – since joining the royal fold she has typically worn her hair in a bun with loose tendrils, with the occasional foray into Duchess of Cambridge-esque loose curls for formal events.

Award-winning celebrity hair stylist Edward James, who has worked with Stella McCartney and Chanel, told FEMAIL the change was evidence of Meghan tweaking her style to fit her ‘new formal role and more structured dress style’.

‘The sleek ponytail is a comfortable move towards looking groomed and chic, without looking dated or frumpy,’ he said.

At first glance, it looked as though Meghan had once again opted to wear her hair in a bun for Prince Louis' christening service at St James's Palace on Monday
At first glance, it looked as though Meghan had once again opted to wear her hair in a bun for Prince Louis’ christening service at St James’s Palace on Monday

 

But as she left the service with her husband Prince Harry, she offered a glimpse of a sleek new ponytail - a new style for Meghan since she joined royal circles
But as she left the service with her husband Prince Harry, she offered a glimpse of a sleek new ponytail – a new style for Meghan since she joined royal circles

 

‘I imagine with the humid hot weather we have been having in the UK that the Duchess didn’t want any hair disasters, especially with her hair having a natural tight curl that tends to frizz in humidity, so the sleek ponytail is a brilliant way to keep groomed even in the heat,’ Edward said.

Having relied heavily on a wardrobe of pale pink ensembles for her first high profile outings in the wake of the royal wedding, choosing the shade for a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, her first Trooping the Colour, and the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Awards, Meghan now seems to be experimenting with colour.

She wore a vibrant yellow Brandon Maxwell shift dress for a Youth Challenge reception in London last week, and yesterday chose a Ralph Lauren belted dress in a flattering shade of olive green, with matching suede Manolo Blahnik heels.

Meghan and Harry were among the small party of Kate and William’s inner circle invited to their third child’s christening service at the chapel, which was followed by a private tea at Clarence House hosted by the couple.

Proud grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton attended, as did Kate’s brother James, and her sister Pippa with her husband James Matthews, who are themselves expecting their first baby within a matter of months.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were also there, as were Prince Louis’ six new godparents and their respective spouses.

The Lady Laura Meade, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Guy Pelly, Lucy Middleton, Nicholas Van Cutsem, and Hannah Carter were all named by Kensington Palace yesterday as having been chosen for the special roles by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Learn how to recreate Meghan’s sleek ponytail here ->

Meghan tends to style her hair in a bun and has continued to do so since officially becoming a royal - albeit with a more elevated, polished finish for formal occasions
Meghan tends to style her hair in a bun and has continued to do so since officially becoming a royal – albeit with a more elevated, polished finish for formal occasions

 

The Duchess chose a Ralph Lauren dress in a flattering shade of olive green, with a coordinating hat by Stephen Jones
The Duchess chose a Ralph Lauren dress in a flattering shade of olive green, with a coordinating hat by Stephen Jone

 

Kate carried Prince Louis in his christening gown, walking into the Chapel Royal behind her husband Prince William, who held Prince George and Princess Charlotte by the hand
Kate carried Prince Louis in his christening gown, walking into the Chapel Royal behind her husband Prince William, who held Prince George and Princess Charlotte by the hand

 

Last night, the Duchess of Sussex wore her hair in defined curls tumbling over her shoulders for the Queen's Young Leaders Awards at Buckingham Palace
Last night, the Duchess of Sussex wore her hair in defined curls tumbling over her shoulders for the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards at Buckingham Palace

 

Meghan has been finessing her royal star ever since she officially became the Duchess of Sussex on May 19th, much to the delight of fans.

On 26th June the Duchess of Sussex attended the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards at Buckingham Palace, and wore her hair in defined curls tumbling over her shoulders.

And her bun was sleeker than usual when she joined Harry at a Commonwealth youth reception at Buckingham Palace.

Experts have suggested the more elevated version of her usual style Meghan has adopted since her wedding is evidence of her taking her cues from Kate.

Celebrity hairdresser James Johnson previously revealed which ‘copy-Kate’ hair looks are hits for Meghan, and those she should avoid.

Prior to marrying Harry and becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan was a fan of the messy bun with loose tendrils falling around her face
Prior to marrying Harry and becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan was a fan of the messy bun with loose tendrils falling around her face

 

LOW BUN 

Sophisticated, chic, fashionable and elegant, this low bun is a classic way of keeping your hair up without being ‘over the top’.

It’s no wonder Meghan has re-created this simplistic look seen on Kate before, it shows off her stunning features whilst keeps the overall look young and on trend.

In my opinion, this look suited Meghan more. She kept it tame with stud earrings and the gloss on her hair is enviable!

For her first official engagement after her wedding, Meghan immediately embraced a more polished style and opted for a chic updo of the sort Kate has mastered over the years
For her first official engagement after her wedding, Meghan immediately embraced a more polished style and opted for a chic updo of the sort Kate has mastered over the years

 

BRUSHED OUT WAVES 

Here Meghan as opted for a relaxed, side parted brushed out waves hair style. This is very soft and suited her well.

Having the hair waved too meant her overall image was softer, proudly bringing that American effortless chic to the U.K.

In my opinion, out of the two, Meghan suited softer waves better than Kate’s half up half down hairstyle.

Sometimes half up half down can look too relaxed and needs to be kept to either one or the other, especially when wearing a statement fascinator.

Meghan's Trooping The Colour look emulated Kate's from 2015
Meghan’s Trooping The Colour look emulated Kate’s from 2015

 

In 2015 Kate wore her hair down instead of sporting an updo as she usually would with a hat
In 2015 Kate wore her hair down instead of sporting an updo as she usually would with a hat

 

CURLS

Curls are always going to be in fashion. It’s immediately considered elegant and something Kate became instantly known for… that famous Chelsea blow-dry!

Adding movement in the form of a curly blow-dry will instantly thicken up the hair and give it volume, creating the illusion you have more hair!

In my opinion, although this hairstyle is always going to be on trend, I think it should left to Kate to pull this off too, Meghan needs her own stamp.

Meghan appears to be taking inspiration from Kate who is known for her love of a bouncy blow dry
Meghan appears to be taking inspiration from Kate who is known for her love of a bouncy blow dry

 

 

WAVES

Waves are a simple wave of creating movement whilst keeping the overall look effortless.

As much as a Chelsea Blowdry is bang on trend, sometimes anything flicky on the ends can be ageing.

Having the ends straight and the movement more relaxed and un-done, creates a more youthful look, perfect to be dressed up or dressed down.

This for me is Meghans look. Meghan really suits waves. With this hair, she still has that look of royalty, just in a youthful red carpet way which is bang on trend.

Rather than her favoured messy bun, the Duchess (pictured on her first official engagement with the Queen) the Duchess has embraced the bouncy blow dry
Rather than her favoured messy bun, the Duchess (pictured on her first official engagement with the Queen) the Duchess has embraced the bouncy blow dry

 

Kate was particularly famed for her voluminous curls before cutting her hair last year
Kate was particularly famed for her voluminous curls before cutting her hair last year

 

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HOW TO RECREATE MEGHAN’S SLEEK PONYTAIL

Celebrity stylist Edward James reveals how to recreate the Duchess of Sussex’s latest look…  

1. If your hair has curl or a lot of volume at the roots, apply a product that will control volume and give some hold, such as Aveda’s Texture Tonic on towel dried hair. Dry your hair with a paddle brush and smooth the roots as much as possible, paying attention to smaller flyaways around the face.

2. Once completely dry and smooth, tilt your head back slightly (so you don’t get any bumps at the nape of your head). Tie the ponytail tight. At catwalk shows we use elastic cord which we tie and cut at the ends, but if you are doing it yourself at home a hair bungee tie is a great alternative.

3. Apply a pump of lightweight serum such as Oribe’s Gold Lust hair oil to both hands and sweep over the hair to banish frizz. Apply a generous spritz of super-fine mist hairspray, applying underneath the ponytail also.

HELLO! Edward James Hair Transformation

After seeing stars including Katy Perry and Selena Gomez kick-starting the new season with a new hairdo, a few members of the HELLO! Online team were inspired to undergo a hair transformation of our own. And who better to give us a new look than the team at Edward James London, the eponymous salon for celebrity hairdresser Edward James, who counts Cara Delevingne among his former clients.

The team before our visit to Edward James London
The team before our visit to Edward James London

We visited with the aim of our hair looking lighter, glossier and healthier in time for summer and were not left disappointed once Edward and his team had worked their magic. All three of us had similar colour applications with micro-lights applied through the top and soft balayage through the ends, however the results were remarkably different and tailored to suit our individual complexions and style. Even better, our hair was dyed with Aveda colour, which is 97% naturally derived and gentle on the hair. Olaplex was also added to ensure our hair wasn’t left damaged or weakened by the colour.

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After a brief and disastrous attempt to go brunette as a teenager, I had always kept my hair its natural auburn colour and was a little nervous to try out new things with it, particularly in regards to going lighter. Part of this was down to my own inexperience with hair dye (the brunette had come from a ill-advised box), and I assumed that going lighter would mean bleach, which would be potentially very damaging for my hair. I was also nervous that blonde wouldn’t at all suit me, and I’d end up looking washed out. I was always amazed by how celebrities best known for their red hair – Emma Stone, Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain to name a few – could go back and forth from blonde to red with apparent ease – and how well they seemed to suit both looks.

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So for my summer transformation I decided to take a plunge and to from ginger to blonde, and am so pleased that Edward James London took on the challenge. My hair stylist, Mide, knew exactly what she was doing, and explained that she would keep elements of my natural colour while giving me a full head of highlights – essentially turning my hair blonde but keeping the balance right for my skintone. Overall, she gave me a blonde head of hair full of different tones which include my natural colour. What makes this even better is that when I want to start growing my natural hair colour back again, the roots should blend seamlessly with the dyed hair, avoiding that awkward dark roots phase. That being said, I don’t think I’ll be changing it back any time soon!

Sharnaz

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With summer peeking through, I thought it was time to experiment with my look to match the mood. And as Nicole Scherzinger once told me, it’s always great to go lighter for the summer days – she has always been a beauty inspiration since we both have dark hair, and hers always looks so pristine. Having naturally dark hair has always been an issue when it comes to colouring, because less than 24 hours later, the hair turns ginger! But thanks to Edward James, the hairdressing extraordinaire, he made sure every effort was put in place to make sure that didn’t happen.

After removing the copper tones, Edward treated my hair to a British Blowdry which softened my hair and replenished moisture. It is a treatment designed to prevent frizz without weighing the hair down like a Brazilian blow-dry. Thankfully, the treatment was over in minutes – rather than hours, which usually happens when you go for a Brazilian blow-dry. Glossing oil was later added for extra shine and moisture. Just moments later, Edward began blow-drying, and the difference was incredible – my hair felt so smooth and extremely silky. I also wanted to go that one step further and decided to have the chop! Despite feeling a little apprehensive, Edward reassured me that he would lob it off in small stages – and the transformation was complete. My head felt so much lighter and the new lighter tones looked glowing, not to mention the cut shaped my face perfectly. I left the salon feeling like an A-list star from a glamorous hair commercial, there certainly was an extra spring in my step thanks to the confidence boost!

Chloe

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Inspired by celebrities like Jessica Alba and Jennifer Lopez who rock the balayage look to perfection, I decided to lighten my own naturally dark hair ahead of the summer. I’ve tried time and time again over the years to achieve this perfect sun-kissed look – both with salon highlights and ill-advised home dye jobs – and have never quite managed to achieve what I’m after. However after talking through what I wanted with my stylist Freddie, I was confident that I was in the best hands for my transformation.

Before reaching for the dye, Freddie gave an expert consultation where he assessed the natural colour and condition of my hair, leading him to decide to use two lighter shades of Aveda dye; one a silky caramel tone and the other a lighter blonde hue. By alternating the two shades throughout my hair with a ‘halo’ balayage technique the result was much more natural and ensured the colour blended seamlessly with my natural shade. With the addition of face framing highlights in what he dubbed a “bronzed bronde” shade, and my hair styled into loose waves to showcase the different colours, I left truly happy with my look and ready for summer!

LFW with ex-model Abie Shippee

Abie Shippee of Retired Model has written this great review during London Fashion Week on us! Have a read 🙂
I woke up around 9:30 and called an Uber to take me over the bridge to the Battersea/Clapham neighborhood for the first time.

He dropped me off in an alley and I meandered until I walked into a coffeeshop. The barista called me beautiful and gave me a vanilla latte with skim milk for free. I sat on the bench outside and watched the people walk by. Everyone is attractive in London.

I did a few rounds of the block until I found the front door of Edward James’ original salon. It was warm and well-decorated and the staff had a coffee in my hand before I was even able to tell them my name. I waited on the bench and watched Edward float around the room gracing each head of hair.

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When it was my turn he sat down next to me and introduced himself and asked me all kinds of questions about my hair. He nixed the service I had originally requested and suggested something even better.

About a year ago I went through an identity crisis and dyed my hair black from a box. Not realizing the complications that would come with trying to put blonde over that 6 months later. It was a nightmare and every stylist who’s come near my head ever since has cringed at me for using the phrase “black box dye.”

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He used Aveda colors and I crossed my fingers that it would lighten. After a quick hour of head, neck and hand massages I was under a sink being shampooed by three sets of hands. I sat in the chair and my jaw dropped as I interrogated him on the process.

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My hair was treated, straightened and styled into a coveted mess of locks that has my friends reconsidering their friendship with me.

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I let Edward’s assistant stylist know that I had almost exactly 10 minutes before I had to go and she smiled and gave me a quick “let’s do this.”

I left the salon and immediately emailed Edward’s publicist with a simple: “Just left Ed’s. I’m AMAZED. Best salon, greatest staff, nicest guy. Could not possibly be more pleased.”

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Wonderful review by Stylebible.com

A wonderful write up about our salon by Stylebible.com, a website aimed at providing an up-to-date and easily accessible source to unearth hidden gems in style capitals around the world.

“Hurrah for British Summer. Tropical storms one minute, not a cloud in the sky the next. Along with the daily dilemma of what to wear and how to avoid looking like a drowned rat in front of your boss / date / client, is the issue of how to tame your locks in such bizarrely extreme conditions. Enter the British Blow-dry, a more natural and purse-friendly twist on its Brazilian namesake.

As someone with wildly wavy and unruly locks I first caved in to the Brazilian treatment last year. The process was lengthy and costly and whilst I loved the sleek shiny finish and the endless hours it saved me blow-drying it myself, the completely flat roots and poker-straight look didn’t feel very me. I’m not a poker straight kind of girl. So when I heard about VIP hair stylist Edward James’ take on the treatment, an innovation so successful that’s he patented it, it didn’t take much convincing for me to give it a try.

As well as running two top-end Aveda salons in Clapham and Putney, Edward tends to the tresses of VIPs from stage and screen, counting Cara Delevigne, Stella McCartney and the Duchess of York amongst his clients. He developed the British Blow-dry for women who want to calm frizz without losing any of the hair’s natural volume, the most common complaint from those who’ve had the Brazilian. Unlike that version, the British Blow-dry doesn’t involve keratin being applied to every strand of hair but specifically to areas of the hair that are unmanageable. Hence the treatment is far quicker and after a heavenly head, neck and shoulder massage upon arrival at the salon it was all rather relaxing too.

Twenty minutes after having the treatment applied my hair was ready to be blow-dried and the conditioning effects were immediately obvious, my hair was silky smooth but still had bounce. The other real upside to the British Blow-dry is that hair looks great the moment it’s finished and can be washed just 24-hours later, a relief to anyone who’s previously had the Brazilian and had to hide indoors for three days afterwards to allow it to set without kinks.

Three weeks on and my hair is still glossy, smooth and manageable but without losing it’s trademark wave. I’m all set for British Summer… whatever that might entail.”

Ballerina Grunge – The New Edge in Hair-Up

With the party season just about to jump on us, we have been taking inspiration on the current trends in hair-up that are going to be a big hit this season. One of the current hot looks is classic with a twist – whether it be a hint of grunge – a la Cara Delevigne at the Chanel Mademoiselle Privé exhibition last week at the Saatchi Gallery, or using pretty glittery hair slides on a simple high ponytail as demonstrated by Mui Mui on the catwalks this season.

When Edward James styled Cara for the Chanel Mademoiselle Privé exhibition, her pretty black ballerina gown was given an edgy feel with a high ballerina bun that had a lot of texture worked into it, as well as some deconstructed braiding around the side of her head.  This worked well with the black biker jacket, incredible sky-scraper stilettos and of course the ‘don’t-mess-with-me’ lip ring.

Here is how Edward created Cara’s look

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3269991/Cara-Delevingne-stuns-tulle-minidress-Chanel-exhibition-party.html

1)      On day-old hair, use some dry shampoo to create texture. Aveda’s new “Shampure” dry shampoo is great and also smells wonderful.  If you have a very strong parting use some mousse on the roots and blow-dry using a paddle or Denman brush to prevent the parting from reappearing

2)      Take a side section and braid it from the temple to the crown

3)      Bring all the hair to the top of your head.  It helps to tilt your head back a bit as if you are looking at the ceiling.  This will create better tension at the back of your head and prevent any gaping

4)      Wrap a bungee elastic around the ponytail to secure it in place.  We like these ones: www.hairbungee.com

5)      Use hairspray on all of the hair and smooth up towards the base of the ponytail to ensure all loose hairs are secured

6)      Use more hairspray on the ponytail itself and either use your fingers to “rough up” the hair to get lots of texture into it, or alternatively use a brush to create some gentle back-brushing

7)      Wrap the ponytail around its base and keep winding until you create a messy textured bun

8)      Secure around the edges using hair grips

9)      Go back to the braid and gently use your fingers to “rough up” the braid, so there is a bit more texture, but be careful not to pull too hard or it will unravel

10)   Finish with a spray of light hair shine-spray serum.  Try Aveda’s Brilliant Spray On Shine.

11)   Party with some red lipstick – the colour of choice this season