The Duchess of Sussex’s Hairstylist Spills All the Details on Her Royal Wedding ‘Messy Bun’

He was inspired by Audrey Hepburn in the 1960s.

HARPER’S BAZAAR – Celebrity hairstylist Serge Normant was the man Meghan Markle called on to style her hair for the royal wedding (he often works with Sarah Jessica Parker and Julia Roberts). “I am still pinching myself this morning. It’s just one of those moments you dream of,” Normant told reporters at Kensington Palace yesterday after the wedding, according to the DailyMail. “I am very excited about it.”

Normant spilled all the details on creating her messy bun, the inspirations, and exactly how long it took to style her hair: “We had to blow dry [her hair] from wet, I would say 45 minutes to an hour,” he dished. “Then they did the make-up and then you fiddle around with it a little bit. But it’s not that long. I always tend to try and go as fast as I can at these events. Nobody wants to sit around.”

While some Internet commenters thought her hair—specifically her face-framing layers—looked too messy (a common and tiresome critique of Markle’s favorite style), Normant embraced her signature look. “It’s a messy bun, we call it. Messy in a controlled way,” he said. Normant was focused on “making sure it doesn’t become a whole mess after a few hours” without making the hair look shellacked. “I don’t overload the hair with products in general and certainly not on this day,” he says.

Normant said he and Markle communicated quite a bit ahead of the big day, but they didn’t have to do several bridal hair trials. Instead, they were focused on the “easiest” style for the royal wedding. They were on the same page from the start about the look they were going for, even going as far as creating mood boards. “I think it was a variety of things, as long as it didn’t look contrived,” he said of the inspirations. “For me, I always think of icons I love, like Audrey Hepburn, all those styles that I still look at a picture of today and still love. I always have little ’60s inspirations in my head but I didn’t want to do anything set in a time frame. I didn’t want too much volume. I wanted something very loose and easy which is why we chose a very loose bun.” He added: “It wasn’t about reinvention.”

The pièce de résistance of her beauty look, of course, was Markle’s borrowed tiara. The new Duchess of Sussex wore Queen Mary’s Filigree tiara—a diamond antique piece featuring a brooch that dates all the way back to 1893. Originally belonging to Queen Mary, the tiara was inherited by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Normant said he found out about the tiara early last week, and was focused on making sure the veil and tiara were secure on Markle’s head and wouldn’t move around.

“The thing is working with Meghan, she makes everything so light and easy that you don’t think about these things in that dramatic way,” he says. “It was an amazing day, something that will last a lifetime.”

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