The royal wedding is almost here, and all eyes are on bride-to-be Meghan Markle. Hairdressers are particularly curious about her wedding day look.
Prince Harry is due to wed Markle in seven weeks, so the heat is on. Although Markle's dress is sure to be stunning, how she wears her hair on the big day will also be the subject of many discussions.
It will, most likely, influence bridal hairstyles for years to come, in much the same way that Kate Middleton's dress and loose half updo inspired scores of bridal looks in the wake of her 2011 wedding to Prince William.
Top hairdressers have offered their best guesses for how the princess-to-be might style her hair for the big day.
Nicky Clarke, who styled the late Princess Diana's hair, said it all depends on the dress.
"I'm not sure if we are going to get the sophisticated Meghan or the slightly edgier Meghan and that will probably dictate what she does with her hair," he advised.
There's also the question of whether Markle will wear a tiara. If she does, it'll certainly mean an updo, if U.K. celeb hairdresser Daniel Galvin Junior is to be believed.
Galvin Junior, whose clients include Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, reckons the only certainty is that Markle won't be wearing her hair loose on the happiest day of her life.
"She could go for a very contemporary, modern look with her hair completely up, but I certainly don't think she will wear a messy bun down the aisle," he said.
A Modern Bride
Markle is already making a name for herself as a more modern royal, much different from what the public is used to. During her first public appearance with then-boyfriend Harry, she wore ripped jeans. Hugging a charity worker and appearing with mismatched earrings for one royal engagement is something Markle would do.
Clarke believes Markle may turn to Middleton for wedding day inspiration, opting for a half-up, half-down style on the day. The Duchess's wedding day look was dubbed the "demi-chignon".
Markle has been to Clarke's Mayfair-based salon, so he would most likely know more about the bride-to-be's hairstyle of choice for the big day.
Although her go-to look is loose, wavy hair, Clarke reckons it might not be appropriate for the royal wedding.
Galvin Junior thinks Markle will look stunning no matter what she chooses to do, but if it was his choice, he knows what he'd go for.
"I would either go for half-up, half-down, which will work for the whole day. It's not too regal, it's modern and it's versatile, so it will work right through to the evening," he explained.
A Package Fit For A Queen
With the big event set to take place on May 19, wedding fever is in full swing.
In fact, the Fairmont Hotel in Washington is offering a VIP package that will allow guests to pretend they're among those gathered at St. George's Chapel for the nuptials.
The package costs $75,000, so it's not for total commoners. It includes a British butler serving high tea and champagne, royal-approved Barbour jackets, and a $10,000 Burberry certificate, among other treats.
Markle and Prince Harry have promised to include the public in their big day, so regular people may get to take part in the couple's wedding.