Move over, lunch lady Doris. Hairnets aren’t just for keeping stray strands out of our Jell-o pudding anymore. (But, let’s be clear, we still want our pudding served sans hair, plz.)
Earlier this month, the Duchess of Cambridge was snapped sporting a subtle hairnet that covered her perfectly coiffed chignon. It looked effortless and was barely noticeable, but oozed elegance, once you realized there was a fine piece of material covering her glossy strands.
Delicate and classy. Just like Kate.
It got us wondering: how do we get our locks to look like Kate’s? We want to feel like a princess, too! And, seriously, how stunning would this look at a summer wedding? Sign us up.
“From ultra visible snoods to barely-there webs, the hairnet is having a moment,” says New York City-based hair and makeup artist Blair Petty.
“This trend appeals to women who want a solid look without the effort of working on a ‘do,” says Petty. The fine netting that Kate wore no doubt took some time to put together in such a way, though, as the see-through material reveals what your hair looks like beneath.
“The subtle web nets require some time in your initial hairstyle first,” says Petty. The netting is basically the icing on an already beautiful cake (which, in this case, is a perfect chignon).
So, what about an easier, every-day version? If you want this look and you want it now, Petty suggests a snood, which is basically, a denser netting. “Because the thicker, more obvious nets conceal most of the hair, all you really need to concern yourself with is the front of the hairline,” says Petty.
Ensure your part is smooth and brushed first—business in the front—then wrap your hair into a regular old bun. Messy or neat, it doesn’t matter as the chunky, fishnet-like material will cover any imperfections. Finally, “pop the snood on and you’re out the door.” Easy peasy.
Looking to elevate this look? Petty, who works on high-fashion editorial photo shoots in NYC, likes the runway version of this trend. “My favourite has to be a high, very sleek top knot dressed with a near invisible net,” he says. The shinier and tighter this look, the better. “The effect is a sporty, futuristic style that’s great in hot weather, as frizz doesn’t stand a chance against the duo of gel and a net.”
Want to get the look with your own two hands? It’s actually not all that tricky to master, which we love. “I’m not predicting that this trend with catch on to the extent that, say, ombré hair or contoured faces has, but it’s fun to try out while it’s here,” says Petty.
Here are Petty’s seven steps to a perfect hairnet bun:
1. Blow out hair so it’s straight and smooth using a mousse or blow-dry spray.
2. Comb a waterless gel through hair, and ensure even coverage.
3. Brush hair into a high, tight ponytail and secure with an elastic.
4. Smooth any stray hairs on the head down with a finishing brush and wrap the tail of the hair around the elastic in a bun or knot.
5. Cover the knot with a small web net that matches your hair colour.
6. Secure net with bobby pins.
7. Finish entire look with a liberal mist of strong hold, high-shine hairspray.