From her glossy hair to her dewy skin, there’s no doubt Meghan Markle always looks picture perfect.
So what’s her secret? Here we reveal some of her favourite beauty products that you can buy today to try and copy her look…
It won’t be long before Meghan Markle welcomes her first child, and she’s certainly glowing even more than usual. We’ve always been a fan of her amazing hair, and pregnancy has made it even more luscious and healthy looking.
What’s the deal with pregnancy hair?
Trichologist Jane Mayhem explains: “Hair loss and thinning is one of the most common complaints of women following pregnancy, with most women experience some sort of hair loss after giving birth. It is the fluctuating hormone levels during pregnancy and following child birth are the primary cause of thinning for new mothers.
“What many people don’t realise this that during pregnancy, women will often find that they will have a much full head of hair as the anagen cycle, or growth cycle, of the hair is prolonged.”
How it works
Jane says: “The increased levels of hormones during pregnancy can cause the growth cycle of the hair to increase, meaning the hair is less frequently renewed and replaced at the site of the follicle, and women will experience thicker and shiner hair.
“I find that most women will experience some level of increased volume by around the six-month mark.
“Hair normally grows at a rate of around 1cm each month and marginally faster during pregnancy. However the most significant change that pregnant women will experience will be in volume due to the change in growth cycle and reduced hair fall.”
Jane explains: “The folic acid that many expectant mothers take before they fall pregnant can also help to improve and stabilise hair growth patterns. It's important to remember that simply using certain products can enhance the volume of hair significantly.
“During pregnancy women will experience less of the imbalances in hormones that you would associate with your monthly cycle causing more regulatory oil secretions, resulting in gorgeous glossy locks. There are more of hormones that have the positive effects on hair skin and mood.”
Hair loss post pregnancy (and how to avoid it)
“When the hormone levels decrease after child birth, the growth and thickness of the hair will also decrease. This hair loss can be more common than people think and I do quite frequently see patients who are concerned about post pregnancy hair loss and/or thinning.
“In terms of how to prevent this, there is no quick fix for this kind of problem. However, there are certain steps that can be taken to improve the condition and growth of hair.
“Heat is one of the biggest factors which causes damage to your hair. So regardless of whether or not you are pregnant, excessive blow drying and use of heated styling appliances can be the make or break of your hair- literally!
“This is particularly the case in the months following pregnancy when hair is at its most fragile.
“As well as this, maintaining a balanced diet can help boost the strength of hair. Keratin is the fibrous protein in hair and nails which is the main structural element.
“Therefore, a diet consisting of protein rich foods will naturally boost the keratin and consequently, strength of hair. Also ensure Iron levels are maintained through adding more Iron rich foods regularly. Some women have noticed less hair fall if they breastfeed but there is little research in this.”
This is an edited version of an article originally in the Daily Mail.
Meghan Markle's glossy hair secret
Hair expert Fabian Lliguin sheds some light on how to achieve the Duchess of Sussex's shine.
Rahua hair brand co-founder and hair expert Fabian explains: “All hair types contain amino acids known as cysteine bonds. In curly hair, the cysteine bonds attract more (cysteine bonds) than other hair types, bridging bonds in the hair in an angular way – curling hair further and further.
“This pattern makes it difficult for the natural oils (sebum) to lubricate the strands. The hair then becomes porous with a 'negative polar charge' while inheriting a damaged, open cuticle. In addition, visually the curls' S-shape attracts light, contrary to straight hair that reflects light easily, giving it a shiny appearance.”
However, there are things that can be done to ensure all hair types look their best, says Fabian. He advises using lightweight oils to protect the hair without weighing it down. Many oils have gained popularity in recent years – from argan to coconut – but there is one in particular Fabian has harnessed: the ungurahua nut oil.
Found in the rainforests of Central and South America, the oil is becoming more widely available, with select sellers offering it on Amazon as well as it being the key ingredient in Fabian’s Rahua haircare line.
Explaining how it works, Fabian said: “First, Rahua oil contains Omega 9 molecules with a polar positive charge and fills the hair’s porosity, strengthening and repairing curly hair almost immediately.
“Secondly, Rahua oil with its polar positive charge flattens down the cuticle, allowing light to reflect it. This gives hair a natural, non-greasy shine, while naturally and truly repairing hair without a synthetic cosmetic coat.” Perfect Meghan Markle shine in no time!
Heatwave hair care
As the heatwave this week sends temperatures soaring, try our top three tips for keeping your hair well protected and nourished.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Shampooing with a formula that’s too harsh for your dry hair, or washing too often can strip away your hair’s natural oils. On the other hand, you really can’t use too much conditioner — it’s dry hair’s best friend! So choose a shampoo that’s designed for dry hair like Elvive Extraordinary Oil Dry Hair Shampoo. These are usually creamy rather than clear, and they may contain ingredients like aloe vera or apricot kernel oil that help dry hair retain moisture. Then opt for a leave-in conditioner (we like Aussie Miracle Recharge Moisture Infuser Leave-in Conditioner) or Matrix Biology Keratindose Renewal Spray, available to buy now in the salon, to really hydrate the hair.
Up-dos are the best option in the heat, keeping your neckline fresh and cool. Channel Kim Kardashian and brush your hair into a low ponytail for a modern look, or roll into a messy bun like Meghan Markle for a timeless classic. Use a light serum to smooth flyaway hairs.
Fight the frizz
If high humidity levels are playing havoc with your hair, keep a vial of oil like this L'Oreal one in your handbag for an instant de-frizz solution. Another tip is to give your hair a cold rinse post-shampoo - it'll not only keep you cool but also shut off the hair cuticle to prevent hot-weather frizz.
With some pretty amazing hair and hat combos at the recent royal wedding, we're feeling inspired.
We love experimenting with up-dos at Pankhurst and Deane so if you have a special event coming up and want to go for something a little bit different book in with us today.
In the meantime, here are some of our favourite looks from Harry and Meghan's big day. Which look was your fave?