From Meghan Markle's messy bun to Kate Middleton's elegant wave, we try out the best celebrity haircuts
28th October 2020

THE heavy-layered shag cut is still the mane event when it comes to hair trends.

Otherwise known as “the Rachel”, the choppy crop made famous by Jennifer Aniston, 51, in Friends, is still a hot hairstyle more than 25 years later.

According to a poll of 2,000 women by Vitabiotics Perfectil, Jen’s honey-blonde do was a firm favourite, with the Duchess of Cambridge’s brunette locks running her a close second.

Here, Siobhan O'Connor tries out their iconic looks and examines the next six favourite celeb dos, including Meghan Markle and Beyonce, marking each out of ten.

The Taylor

AS a brunette who has often wanted to bleach her hair to a buttery shade, stepping into the shoes of Taylor Swift was a Love Story.

We used a chin-length wig with a full fringe to recreate the 30-year-old pop star’s style.

Matting my long hair up into a tiny wig resulted in a hot mess sitting above my scalp, and just ten minutes in, I was itching as if I had lice.

But I can see why the blonde bob is so sought-after – it is manageable, frames my face and makes me look like I still have my summer tan.

Rating: 9/10

  • Blonde wig, £200, Attract by Inspired at

The Rachel

AS a devoted Friends fan, I could not wait to take Jennifer Aniston’s classic for a spin.

But not feeling ready for the shaggy chop or to go honey blonde, I opted for a wig.

Not ideal when you have a coat of thick hair, but once tucked in, I was transformed.

Sadly, though, instead of looking like Jennifer’s alluring Rachel Greene, I looked more like a Karen who lingers by the printer in the office.

It might have won top spot but the style is dated and ageing. I think it’s high time we went on a break from this Nineties do.

Rating: 2/10

  • Highlights wig, £195,

The Ariana

SCRAPED-back ponytails and Ariana Grande go together like chicken and chips – so I’m sure the 27-year-old must have a secret to surviving the migraine-inducing style.

This look had me yelling in agony, as recreating a neat and sleek ponytail requires a lot of brushing, gripping and skin-tugging.

To achieve the bum-grazing length, clip-in extensions named after the icon herself – “Super Grande Pony” – were added.

While I liked whipping my tresses side to side, all I can say about the process is,“Thank you, next.”

Rating: 5/10

  • Super Grande Pony, £35,

The Beyonce

BOW before Queen Bey – this look makes you feel flawless.

But achieving the 39-year-old singer’s style was a vigorous exercise, with plenty of tugging to get those slicked-back roots.

My hair needed to be parted into two sections with the top half greased back and tied high.

A strand of hair from the ponytail was used to wrap around the hair tie to disguise it.

The bottom section was then tonged into tight twists to achieve Beyonce’s famous curls.

The pulled-back do gave me an eye lift too . . . only without any needles.

Rating: 7/10

The Kate

WHAT if I told you that you can feel like a princess with a low-maintenance hair do?

A loose, elegant wave is a timeless, quick and easy look, which is why the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, has kept her long tresses throughout her twenties and thirties.

If, like me, your thick hair takes a lot of effort to style, this royal look is ideal and it requires your hair to be up in rollers for no longer than ten minutes.

And I certainly felt worthy of donning the Crown Jewels when my polished mane was released.

Now . . . where’s my tiara?

Rating: 8/10

The Michelle

OUR Girl star Michelle Keegan, 33, is high up in the hair-crush charts thanks to her bangs.

While fringes have soared in popularity this year, committing to the cut can be daunting, so I faked it with a clip-on fringe.

With four clips disguised underneath the faux hair, it was easy to apply and I didn’t worry it might blow off in the wind.

While the cropped length gave my usually plump face cheekbones, the grown-out fringe teamed with my existing mop felt heavy and drowned my face.

I don’t think I could keep up with all the fringe maintenance either.

Rating: 3/10

  • Modern fringe by Hairdo, £32, on

The Meghan

THIS up-do gets the royal seal of approval – and I felt smart enough to meet the Queen.

But the polished-yet-messy bun worn by Meghan Markle, 39, takes a lot more prep than you might imagine.

While it may look like an easy style to recreate, perfecting the messiness takes time and effort.

First of all, creating the volume on top required back-combing, which is a nightmare when it comes to brushing your hair before bed.

And an army of grips is needed to hold the low bun in place – not easy when you can’t see what you are doing.

But overall, this style keeps your hair out of the way while still looking sophisticated.

Rating: 6/10

The Julia

SPRINGY curls are sure to make you feel like a Pretty Woman. The Eighties perm shot Julia Roberts, 52, to fame in her 1988 hit movie Mystic Pizza.

And the corkscrew curls had me bouncing for joy, too. Tight ringlets gave my lacklustre locks volume and energy.

The only kink is tonging the back of your head – you might need a helping hand. It’s a time-consuming process but definitely worth it.

At least it can be done with just my own hair and does not involve any painful ponytails.

When the time comes at last to get dressed up again, this will be my hair-do.

Rating: 10/10

  • Siobhan wears: Pink jumper, £25.99, from Topshop – buy now

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