Meghan Markle's greatest hairstyles to date, from messy buns to glossy waves

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Ever since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot, Meghan Markle has worked hard to fine-tune her royal aesthetic. Fitted flared trousers have been replaced by Buckingham Palace-approved hemlines, and long gone are the crossbody Strathberry bags she once cradled in the crook of her arm.

As her newfound style has flourished under the media spotlight, so has her hair.

For Meghan’s first royal engagement in Nottingham on Dec. 1, 2017, the former actress stepped out boasting soft waves similar to her look at the engagement photocall. But come her second public appearance in Brixton on Jan. 9, the 36-year-old introduced the world to her now-famous messy bun (tendrils and all).

Fast-forward to her post-wedding days, and the Duchess of Sussex has well and truly bid farewell to her glossy Hollywood blowout.

For a Commonwealth Youth Forum in London on July 5, she teamed that sunshine yellow Brandon Maxwell dress with a tidy low bun — a sign that she’s (gasp) growing her tendrils out? Before, she recently debuted a low pony for Prince Louis of Cambridge’s christening on July 9.

From her pre-wedding messy bun to her Duchess of Cambridge-inspired waves, take a look back at some of the fledgling royal’s greatest hair moments to date.

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<p>On July 10, the Duchess of Sussex wore a navy Dior dress with a bateau neckline and a coordinating fascinator for the Royal Air Force’s centenary celebrations. To finish the regal aesthetic, she opted for a smart low bun. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
July 2018

On July 10, the Duchess of Sussex wore a navy Dior dress with a bateau neckline and a coordinating fascinator for the Royal Air Force’s centenary celebrations. To finish the regal aesthetic, she opted for a smart low bun. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>The Duchess of Sussex opted for a slick low bun on July 6 at the Commonwealth Youth Forum reception in London, which led us to ask: Is she growing out her now-famous tendrils? (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
July 2018

The Duchess of Sussex opted for a slick low bun on July 6 at the Commonwealth Youth Forum reception in London, which led us to ask: Is she growing out her now-famous tendrils? (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>For the queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, Meghan opted for Duchess of Cambridge-inspired locks. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
June 2018

For the queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, Meghan opted for Duchess of Cambridge-inspired locks. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>For the Duchess of Sussex’s debut engagement with the queen on June 14, she opted for subtle waves and let her Givenchy dress steal the spotlight. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
June 2018

For the Duchess of Sussex’s debut engagement with the queen on June 14, she opted for subtle waves and let her Givenchy dress steal the spotlight. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>For the Trooping the Color parade on June 9, Markle, 36, sought inspiration from the Duchess of Cambridge, as she debuted seriously glossy waves. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
June 2018

For the Trooping the Color parade on June 9, Markle, 36, sought inspiration from the Duchess of Cambridge, as she debuted seriously glossy waves. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>For her debut post-wedding appearance at the Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday celebration on May 22, teh duchess gave the nation a glimpse of her new go-to regal bun. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
May 2018

For her debut post-wedding appearance at the Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday celebration on May 22, teh duchess gave the nation a glimpse of her new go-to regal bun. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>She may have married into the royal family on May 19, but the former actress still showed off her own personal style on the big day. Accessorized with Queen Mary’s filigree tiara and a Givenchy veil, Meghan wore a wispy low bun to wed Prince Harry. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
May 2018

She may have married into the royal family on May 19, but the former actress still showed off her own personal style on the big day. Accessorized with Queen Mary’s filigree tiara and a Givenchy veil, Meghan wore a wispy low bun to wed Prince Harry. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>The day before her May 19 nuptials, Meghan arrived at Cliveden House hotel in the village of Taplow with relaxed waves. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
May 2018

The day before her May 19 nuptials, Meghan arrived at Cliveden House hotel in the village of Taplow with relaxed waves. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>On April 25, Meghan commemorated Anzac Day for the first time. For the afternoon’s service, she dressed in a textured ensemble by Emilia Wickstead. She finished the look with sleek hair and a coordinating Philip Treacy hat. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
April 2018

On April 25, Meghan commemorated Anzac Day for the first time. For the afternoon’s service, she dressed in a textured ensemble by Emilia Wickstead. She finished the look with sleek hair and a coordinating Philip Treacy hat. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>For her second evening event, Meghan stuck to her instincts and worked her go-to bun. Though the back may be fashionably messy, the front is slick, and her wisps of hair are perfectly curled. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
April 2018

For her second evening event, Meghan stuck to her instincts and worked her go-to bun. Though the back may be fashionably messy, the front is slick, and her wisps of hair are perfectly curled. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>For her debut appearance at the Commonwealth Day service on March 12, Meghan wore a hat for the second time. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
March 2018

For her debut appearance at the Commonwealth Day service on March 12, Meghan wore a hat for the second time. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Dubbed the queen of the bun, Meghan surprised royal fans by wearing her go-to messy bun once more (despite criticism from the public) on her debut trip to Belfast. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
March 2018

Dubbed the queen of the bun, Meghan surprised royal fans by wearing her go-to messy bun once more (despite criticism from the public) on her debut trip to Belfast. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>On Feb. 13, Meghan joined Prince Harry on their debut joint trip to Edinburgh to greet flag-bearing crowds. For the occasion, she opted for her now-famous brushed-out waves. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
February 2018

On Feb. 13, Meghan joined Prince Harry on their debut joint trip to Edinburgh to greet flag-bearing crowds. For the occasion, she opted for her now-famous brushed-out waves. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>For her first trip to Cardiff, Meghan graced the headlines once more thanks to her royal protocol-breaking bun. But this time, she slicked back any stray wisps of hair for a more polished look. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
February 2018

For her first trip to Cardiff, Meghan graced the headlines once more thanks to her royal protocol-breaking bun. But this time, she slicked back any stray wisps of hair for a more polished look. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Just a year before meeting Prince Harry, Meghan attended Elle magazine’s sixth annual Women in Television event. For the occasion, she wore her hair with a deep side part. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
January 2016

Just a year before meeting Prince Harry, Meghan attended Elle magazine’s sixth annual Women in Television event. For the occasion, she wore her hair with a deep side part. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>For the 12th annual Vogue Fashion Fund Awards on Nov. 2, Meghan rocked a side part and debuted a longer length. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
November 2015

For the 12th annual Vogue Fashion Fund Awards on Nov. 2, Meghan rocked a side part and debuted a longer length. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Introducing Meghan like you’ve never seen her before. Clad in Miu Miu for the Miu Miu Women’s Tales 7th Edition “Spark & Light” Screening in 2014, the former actress opted for a low plait with a middle part. Love. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
February 2014

Introducing Meghan like you’ve never seen her before. Clad in Miu Miu for the Miu Miu Women’s Tales 7th Edition “Spark & Light” Screening in 2014, the former actress opted for a low plait with a middle part. Love. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>For the U.K. premiere of <em>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire</em> in 2013, Meghan wore slick hair tucked behind her ears. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
November 2013

For the U.K. premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in 2013, Meghan wore slick hair tucked behind her ears. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>For Eva Longoria’s Global Gift Gala in London on Nov. 19, the then-actress experimented with a side-swept bun. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
November 2013

For Eva Longoria’s Global Gift Gala in London on Nov. 19, the then-actress experimented with a side-swept bun. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>For the Gala Tribute to Cate Blanchett in 2013, Meghan looked to her hairstylist for a more polished hairstyle. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
October 2013

For the Gala Tribute to Cate Blanchett in 2013, Meghan looked to her hairstylist for a more polished hairstyle. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>For the MuchMusic Video Awards on June 16, Meghan opted for her most polished look yet, with super-straight locks. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
June 2013

For the MuchMusic Video Awards on June 16, Meghan opted for her most polished look yet, with super-straight locks. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>At the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, Meghan switched up her style and gave her now-famous bun a swept-back makeover. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
January 2013

At the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, Meghan switched up her style and gave her now-famous bun a swept-back makeover. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>By 2013, the actress had opted for subtle layers and had also toned down her relationship with the straighteners. Can we just take a moment to appreciate how glossy her hair is? (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
January 2013

By 2013, the actress had opted for subtle layers and had also toned down her relationship with the straighteners. Can we just take a moment to appreciate how glossy her hair is? (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>For the <em>Suits</em> Story Fashion Show on June 12, Meghan rocked one of our favorite looks to date. With her hair swept back in a slick ponytail, she teamed the aesthetic with a pop of smoky eyeshadow. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
June 2012

For the Suits Story Fashion Show on June 12, Meghan rocked one of our favorite looks to date. With her hair swept back in a slick ponytail, she teamed the aesthetic with a pop of smoky eyeshadow. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>At the beginning of her newfound fame back in 2012, Meghan wore the now-famous lace dress similar to the one that the Duchess of Cambridge later wore. She finished the red carpet look with honey-hued bouncy curls. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
February 2012

At the beginning of her newfound fame back in 2012, Meghan wore the now-famous lace dress similar to the one that the Duchess of Cambridge later wore. She finished the red carpet look with honey-hued bouncy curls. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Back in 2012, Meghan relied on her flat iron a whole lot more for red carpet appearances. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
January 2012

Back in 2012, Meghan relied on her flat iron a whole lot more for red carpet appearances. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>In 2011, Meghan often opted for loose waves for red carpet events. In fact, it’s a look she’s rocked for several royal engagements thus far (just with layers chopped in). (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
October 2011

In 2011, Meghan often opted for loose waves for red carpet events. In fact, it’s a look she’s rocked for several royal engagements thus far (just with layers chopped in). (Photo: Getty Images)

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