By Erin Lukas
Jul 17, 2018 @ 11:30 am
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When you think of "royal hair," Kate Middleton's bouncy curls or twisted chignons probably come to mind. Both styles are always perfectly executed with nary a hair out of place—even in high humidity. That's why the world became fascinated with Meghan Markle's now-signature loose, low bun that she often wears on official palace appearances with Prince Harry.

It's non-fussy, a style that a commoner could actually do themselves without the help of a palace-approved glam squad. However, there's a fine line between "effortless" and "bedhead," so we turned to celebrity hairstylist David Lopez for his tips on how to recreate the style so that it looks intentionally unpolished and not like the knot you twist your hair into before you do the dishes. 

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Along with some hair pins and an elastic, it turns out that the key to Markle's updo is the face-framing layers left out of the bun. Once you have those, spritz some hairspray all over your hair before tying it into a low ponytail (this will keep the bun from slipping) and then run some hair taffy throughout the tail. We recommend TRESemmé's Compressed Texture Hairspray Hold Level 1 ($5; Target.com) because it adds grit and texture to hair without any crunchiness or stickiness, or Kenra Professional Platinum Texturizing Taffy 13 ($22; Ulta.com). 

Once your hair is prepped and in a ponytail, twist it into a bun, pin it, and gently pull at it to get Markle's signature loose finish. Sounds unbelievably easy, right?

Hit play on the video above to see Lopez's complete tutorial on how to achieve Markle's low bun.