How to nail the undone hair trend

Caitlin Connelly/The Social
Meghan Markle’s messy bun has given some serious momentum to the “undone” hair trend! Hairstylist Matthew Collins demonstrates how to nail the look, plus highlights how to achieve two more of his favourite effortless-looking styles. 

I love the messy bun on Meghan because I think it has a ton of class, but also gives off a more laid-back and modern vibe.

  1. You want to start with day old hair. If you’re starting with clean hair, you’ll need to add a dry texture spray before styling.
  2. Create a centre part going back 3 inches on your scalp.
  3. Next, choose your perfect amount of hair in the front to leave out and frame your face; pin these away in the meantime.
  4. Now you want to add that texture spray to your ends and roots to give you a good base. Then pull hair back to a mid/low pony, but not too low.
  5. Next, split the pony in two and twist each piece. Wrap one of the pieces around the pony and secure, and then do the same with the second. If you don’t have natural texture in your hair, slightly pull hair from each twist before securing around the pony base.
  6. Now spray more texture spray and unpin and pull the hair out slightly around your head for that soft vibe.
  7. Finish by slightly curling the front pieces.
This look is great because no hot tools are required and it can be achieved in under 15 minutes at home. Plus, you never have to worry about anything falling.

  1. Apply a strong hold mousse to dry hair and rake back with fingers.
  2. Next, dry on low speed with your drier or diffuser; do this 1 – 3 times to get the right texture.
  3. Now start with one side and twist and pull back to the back middle of the head and pin, allowing some pieces to fall out around the face naturally. Repeat on the other side.
  4. Next, grab hair that’s left in the back and twist up and pin, crossing the pins from the first pieces.  
  5. Once complete, finish with a strong wet spray and if you like, add an accessory to the back for a touch of bling.
This look truly represents the modern woman. Not curled, just bent, to mimic natural texture. It gives a super glam outfit that easy feel and that’s very modern.

  1. First, apply lots of volume mousse to roots and dry in with fingers.
  2. Using a 3/4 inch barrel wand or curling iron and inch by inch sections, wrap each section from roots 2 times. Then wrap in the opposite way two times. By rotating the wrap, you’re getting more of a pulled-out natural “S” wave. Continue down each section like this to ends, depending on length.
  3. Lastly, shake out with fingers and a dry texture spray and finish off with a medium hold spray to keep that wave.  


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