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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.

Feature Image: Chris Jackson

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There's something about the sound of our alarm going off that makes our bed suddenly feel like the toastiest, comfiest and most marshmallowy soft place on earth.

If you're the kind of person that would gladly take an extra ten minutes of horizontal time than brave getting up, you've no doubt figured out how to condense your beauty routine into a ten-minute rush.

But sometimes it feels like there's just no hiding your bed-head hair, no matter how many times you brush it or run the straightener through it.

If you KNOW you won't have time for a shower in the morning (or are simply gonna rock second-day hair), then here are some tips to make sure you look as groomed as ever.

The night before

Style like a pro
If you do decide to wash your hair the night before, you'll need to take some extra measures to ensure it retains volume. Apply volumising spray while it's still damp, and blowdry with a rounded brush.

Work Blake Lively-style beachy waves
Plaiting damp hair is the most hassle-free way to achieve wavy locks – all the hard work happens while you're fast asleep. Spritz some texturising spray on in the morning to hold the waves in place.

Use dry shampoo
Applying dry shampoo at night means it'll have more time to be absorbed, and it'll also avoid limp-looking hair the following day.

 

In the morning

Restyle where needed
If your hair is sitting funny on one side or you've suddenly developed an oh-so attractive cow's lick, simply wet the offending pieces of hair, apply volumising spray and blowdry. No need to hop in the shower.

Curl it
Second-day hair has more grip and holds a curl far more easily. Spritz on some heat protectant and use a curling iron to curl strands away from the face at the front, alternating directions at the middle and back.

Go for an updo or ponytail
Any hairdresser will tell you that upstyles look better with second-day hair too, so rock a topknot, a twisted ponytail or one of these two-minute styles instead of wearing your hair down.

 

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Apparently we’re finally going to be receiving some long overdue heat next week. Met Éireann are saying there could possibly be temperatures of up to 20 and 24 degrees.

We don’t want to jinx it, we really don’t want to do that but- YAY!

Finally, an excuse to dust off those denim cut offs and head for the beach.

There’s just one downside; the added heat and general summer weather can take a serious toll on our hair. Nothing ruins a holiday like unmanageable frizz or nasty split ends.

Not to worry, we rounded up a few tips to help you master the summer hair woes and keep you on fleek whether you’re at the beach in Bundoran or jetting off to the Bahamas.

Problem: Chlorine can leave your locks less than lustrous

The Fix: Celebrity stylist Rita Hazan says the best way to combat this is to wet your hair before getting in the water. This stops the chlorine from being absorbed by your hair. Also, a deep conditioning mask wouldn’t go astray. If you apply it while you’re drying off in the sun the heat will help the product really help your hair recover.

 

Problem: The sun makes coloured hair brassy

The Fix: Hazan says that using a gloss twice a week before you condition as well as a nice weekly deep condition for coloured hair will help you keep your colour all summer long. Also wet your hair before diving head first into the chlorine, and when you’re on the beach, or strolling about town on a hot summer’s day, invest in some products with UV blockers. They’ll help your keep your style for longer and your colour plenty vibrant. Sorted. 

Problem: “IT’S THE HUMIDITY!”

The Fix: The number one cause of fizziness is your hair being dry, so your tresses will draw water from the atmosphere, making it frizz. The easiest way to tackle this is by getting a good leave-in conditioner to help your extend your style and keep things under control. No cornrows necessary. Phew!

 

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After arriving into the office with humidity hair and sweaty faces yet again, the SHEmazing! girls have decided enough is enough! We've worked tirelessly to compile the ultimate list of tips and products to make you look 'Hot but not hot' while the temperatures soar.

Hair

Conditioner: The sun is going to frazzle your hair, so treat it to a strong conditioner each time you wash it. This will keep your locks in good condition, while helping them resist the humidity.

Salt spray: If your hair is very fine, it’s likely to go limp in the heat. Salt spray is a great way to boost volume and texture, while giving you beach-worthy waves. Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturing Spray is one of our favs!

Cover up: If your hair refuses to behave or is getting greasy too quickly, you can’t go wrong with a classic wide-brimmed hat, paired with Audrey Hepburn shades. A pretty scarf wrapped around your head will also do the trick.

Skin

Stay safe: Nothing says ‘sweaty mess’ quite like lobster skin – and let’s not even start with the health implications! Make sure to apply a top-notch sunscreen to all exposed skin. Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion (SPF30) is a go-to for us, although we swear by Ambre Solaire Dry Mist (SPF50) if we’re heading down to the beach.

Banish scales: With bare arms and legs on show, make sure your skin is in tip-top condition by regularly exfoliating during showers. The healthier your skin is, the nicer your tan and the healthier your glow.

Face

Waterproof eyes: No sooner does the sun appear then your perfectly applied eye make-up smudges and runs, giving you drunk-girl panda eyes. Combat this by investing in good waterproof products, such as Rimmel’s Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Liner and Benefit’s BADgal Waterproof Mascara.

Peach blush: In all that heat, your skin is going to be prone to redness, so you need to stay far away from red-tinted hues. Peach blush suits all skin tones and will give you a fresh glow.

No more sweat: A freshening spray like Urban Decay's All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray is the perfect way to cool your face down when you're feeling flushed. As well as setting your make-up, it makes your it super resistant to heat and humidity.

Now make this list your bible and be the beauty we know you are!

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A trip to the hairdressers can be pricey but there is something about a fresh blow dry that will really make you feel gorgeous. These tips will give you salon results without you having to spend a fortune.

Short hair

  1. Spray a little heat protecting spray.
  2. Clip up the top section of your hair.
  3. Use a paddle brush to brush your hair forward to stop it going frizzy. Do this all over.
  4. Dry your fringe next.
  5. Unclip your hair and work backwards until your hair is dry.

Long hair

  1. Spritz a little heat protecting spray and some volumiser to amp hair.
  2. Blow dry your fringe first, if you have one, using a round brush. Pull your bangs straight.
  3. Partially dry the rest of your hair and move it around with your fingers to give volume.
  4. Clip the top section of your hair and dry the underneath section first. Use the round brush to pull the hair.
  5. To dry the top section, pull up a chunk of the hair, hold it up straight and direct the nozzle at i

To hold your style in place, spritz a little hairspray all over.

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Jealous of your friend’s ability to have amazing looking hair, even at the crack of dawn? Well, now it’s your turn! Here are four really easy ways to style your hair and all you need are a few bobbins and bobby pins – no hairspray required.

Fancy knot
Divide your hair into two sections as if you are going to put it into pigtails. Tie the two sections together and pull it tight. Tie again and secure with bobby pins.

The plaited knot
Put your hair in two pigtail plaits at the back of your head. Just as above tie the two plaits together and secure with a few pins

Keep your pony tail up
Ever wondered how girls keep their ponytail pert looking? The secret is simple – pop three bobby pins underneath your pony through your bobbin. Ta-da!

The front roll
Grab a section of your hair at the front. Pull it to the side, twist it tight and secure just above your ear with, yes you guessed it, a bobby pin.

 

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Ellie Goulding seems to be everywhere lately but it is her effortlessly, gorgeous tousled tresses that have grabbed our attention.

It is the perfect hairstyle to go for if you are opting for a semi-casual look or don’t have a lot of time to do your hair.

Here is how to achieve the look in minutes.

  • Apply a texturising mousse to your hair while it is damp.
  • Blow-dry your tressies roughly and backcomb it to create volume. Don’t overdo the backcombing as it will just make your hair look frizzy.
  • Once dry, create a deep side part and pull your hair to one side. Spritz a little heat protection on it.
  • Wrap sections of your hair around a styling wand. Start from your roots and work your way down.
  • Brush through your hair with a wide toothed comb. Smooth the top down on your head.
  • To keep it in place, spray a little hairspray all over your head.

Ta-da – an easy look that anyone can do at home.

 

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Finding a sneaky little grey hair is the ultimate bad hair day disaster. Now, before you start cancelling nights out, try our top tips and nobody will be any the wiser.

Avoid pulling it out

Pulling your hair out may cause you to damage the hair follicle which can lead to a bald patch – definitely worse than a grey hair.

Go for a plait
French braids or plaits are a perfect way to tuck away stray grey hairs. They are also look pretty – added bonus.

Use a little make-up
If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to colour, eye shadow can be your best friend. Make sure you pick a colour that matches your hair and gently dab a little onto your roots. Ta-da!

If all else fails go for the bottle…

A permanent hair colouring  is the ultimate hair fix. Either go to the shops or treat yourself to a pampering session at the hair salon.

Grey hair – be gone!

 

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