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There’s no doubt we’re all rather envious of Meghan Markle’s style. The Duchess of Sussex always manages to look chic and flawless no matter what.

She’s rocked some of the most stunning gowns, fierce suits and the most beautiful coats during her royal engagements.

When it comes to hair, there is one look that Meghan always seems to turn to. Her signature hairdo- the bun.

Meghan makes the simple hair style look so demure, but whenever we try to recreate it we seem to resemble Ms Trunchbull from Matilda.

Luckily, Easilocks and celebrity hair stylist Shane O’ Sullivan are here to save the day with their step-by-step guide to achieving Meghan’s go-to look.

Step One- Start off by applying Easilocks Rose Gold Oil to wet hair and blow drying your hair smooth and straight.

Step Two- For instant volume clip in the short ‘Silky Straight’ hair piece in the Cheryl x Easilocks collection to the back of the head, as low down as possible.

Step Three- Use the Easilocks Steel Pin Brush to ensure your hair is tangle-free and ready to style. Choose whether you want your hair slicked back or in a centre parting.

Step Four- Gather all of the hair into a ponytail, brushing in the flyaways and lumps and hold it in your desired place (low, mid or high.) If you would like some loose hair out at the front, now is the time to pull a few strands from the ponytail. Also leave a small section of the hair out of the ponytail, about the circumference of a 5 penny piece.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Step Five- Once you are happy with the positioning, twist the hair round into a bun and fasten using a clear hair tie. Wrap the excess hair around the tie and pin it at the base of the bun with one bobby pin, preferably the colour of your own hair.

It’s as easy as that. If anyone needs us we’ll be practicing this look for the remainder of the day.

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Meghan and Harry’s wedding was one of the biggest events of the year with the momentous occasion reportedly costing an eye-watering £32 million.

The Royals certainly went all out for their big day, especially Meghan who spent an extortionate amount of money on her hair and makeup.

The Duchess of Sussex looked as classy as ever on her wedding day with a simple updo and natural makeup look. However, despite the understated look, the former Suits actress forked out a reported £10,000 on her hair and makeup.

It is believed Meghan’s hair and makeup team spent a mere 45 minutes on her wedding look.

Serge Normant was the man behind Meghan’s chic updo and Daniel Martin worked his makeup magic on Meghan for the big day.

Speaking of the special moment, Normant told Glamour that Meghan was extremely relaxed during the entire process.

“We talked together a little bit before, but we wanted something that would have an easy feel to it. [It] wasn't a huge process. We wanted it to be something that was right for the day and that felt right for her mostly."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Duchess looked breathtakingly beautiful on her wedding day, stealing the hearts of the millions who tuned in to watch her and Prince Harry tie the knot at St. George’s Chapel on May 19.

However, we can’t quite believe just how much she spent on her hair and makeup alone.

We won’t feel half as guilty the next time we splurge on lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury.

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Protecting your hair from the harsh winter elements can be tricky at best, but we’ve got you covered. Think of us like cuddly pals who are strangely obsessed with keeping your hair flawless in winter. 

From static frizz to brittle split ends, there are all kinds of reasons why Christmas season wreaks havoc on hair. 

Hat-head aftermath and cashmere-caused static are two major culprits, but applying heat to your locks from blow-drying wet hair also leads to trouble in hair paradise.

"How do I go from Coldilocks to Snow Queen this Christmas?", we hear you ask. 

Introducing our cheat sheet for your winter hair:

1. DON’T leave your house with wet hair, this is a one way trip to Flu Land. Wet hair can also break easily if it’s frozen from the drop in temperature, just don’t do it gals.

2. Try to keep a balanced temperature in your home so you don’t have massive shocks when you leave the house or come in from work: this can irritate both your skin and scalp.

3. Turn the hot water in your shower down just a tad, your hair will thank you later.

In the winter, we all crave scalding hot showers to allow our bodies to regulate its temperature after spending all day in the cold, but hot water isn’t good for your hair, it actually dehydrates it.

By keeping it just above lukewarm, you’ll prevent having dry skin and scalp. Keep the moisture in your mane, huns.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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To prevent those precious oils from escaping, we recommend Argan oil products. Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil has ingredients like buckthorn oil and pumpkin seed oil, which are both rich in fatty acids for retaining moisture.

4. Coconut oil is also renowned for treating dry and brittle hair in winter. Use 100% organic coconut oil from your local health foods shop and spot the difference in time for Santa to make it down the chimney.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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5. John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7-Day Treatment targets deflated hair fibres—plumping them up for days, some say it even lasts a week. John Frieda, you Christmas angel.

6. Use heat protection before blow drying your hair, try Tresemmé Keratin Smooth 7 Day System Heat Activated Treatment. It’s heat-activated, which means the substance is offering a semi-permanent solution to that crown of stray hairs. MAGICAL.

7. OUR TOP TIP: We are absolutely WORSHIPPING Santa’s little hairdryer right now: LanaiBLO.

Keep your hair dry and bouncy with volume by using the Limited Edition Rose Gold LanaiBLO.

Let it snow then let it blow, we say. They promise to keep your hair shimmering and shiny with an ultra sleek finish, it’s also an ideal gift for your loved ones if you’re stuck for a present.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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However, this hairdryer is so gorge that you’ll most likely want to keep it all to yourself… we know we do.

It’s lightweight, has an ultra long cord so you can dry your hair without having to linger near the plug socket and comes in three colours; pretty-in-pink, snow white and midnight black.

It’s technology works to seal in moisture and counteract frizz, leaving those locks more stylish than ever for all those Christmas parties and celebrations.

Those of us who still have a 90's heavyweight hairdryer will know the struggle of trying to dry your hair with the equivalent of a minor breeze. *sigh*

Holly Willoughby, Dani Dyer, Made in Chelsea’s Binky and Rosie, Frankie Gaff, Una Healy, models Rosanna Davidson and Lottie Moss are among LanaiBlo's famous clients, and for a good reason.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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8. Join the micellar water trend, ASAP. It's not just for skincare, the substance is now being used to revitalise limp hair.

Herbal Essences have just released their renew Micellar Water & Blue Ginger Shampoo and Conditioner, which contain special antioxidants for removing dirt and oil from the hair's surface.

Free from silicones, gluten, colourants and parabens, it purely works to refresh hair with gently cleansing micelles for bringing your hair back to life. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There you are ladies, use this cheat sheet to defy the elements this winter and you'll have the best hair in the North Pole. Guaranteed. 

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Beauty fans, listen up!

Today is the day Penneys will launch its highly anticipation hair and beauty salon,  PS…Glissed.

Located at the retailer's Mary Street branch, the pop-up salon offers customers an array of hair and beauty treatments at seriously competitive prices.

The makeup section offers full makeup looks using PS…Pro products for as little as €5.00, and that's including lashes.

There are a number of signature makeup styles to choose from, from natural to all out glam, ranging in price from €5.00 to €20.00.

Dry hair styles will set you back just €15.00, and with five killer styles on offer, you're sure to find something to suit every occasion.

Pop down to the Mary Street location today between 8.30an and 8.00pm to check it out for yourself, or better yet, avail of one of the salon's walk-in appointments and indulge yourself in an impromptu pamper session.

To make an inquiry, simply contact (01) 5240053 or log onto psbeauty.glissed.com.

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