The first thing everybody notices about Kate Middleton is her thick, shiny, glossy hair. According to The Daily Mail, Kate’s iconic hairstyle even has its own nickname: the Chelsea Blow Dry. The full-bodied, slightly curled, long style has won many fans over the years. If you’d like to “repliKate” the Duchess of Cambridge’s marvellous mane too, here are our top tips:
For a long time, Kate had her hair cut and styled at Richard Ward’s salon in Chelsea, London. However, she now uses the services of Amanda Cook Tucker, a private hairdresser who even travels around the globe styling her hair during Royal Tours. Us mere mortals will have to make do with our local salon! If they’ve never heard of a “Chelsea Blow Dry”, here’s what to ask for:
A shoulder-length cut that’s mainly one length, with long, soft layers at the front.
As you may have noticed, Kate recently had a “Gringe” (grown out fringe) cut into her hair too. This update to her barnet caused a bit of a media stir – seriously – Holly Willoughby from This Morning even had a “gringe” cut into her hair live on TV! However, Kate’s gringe polarised public opinion. Some thought the style aged her, while others liked the update to her look, branding it as “fresh” and “stylish”. Will you be opting for a gringe? It’s certainly a personal choice. If in doubt, ask your stylist’s advice.
After having your hair cut, ask your stylist for a smooth blow dry with a bit of root lift. Then, ask them to recreate Kate’s signature curls on the bottom layers with a large barrelled tongue. The curls should softly frame your face. If you want to try achieving Kate’s hairstyle at home, there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube. This is one of our favourites –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqduaoR1vMM (EMBED VIDEO)
It’s been long-rumoured that Kate favours Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin, an award winning nourishing shampoo that is famed for leaving very dry hair silky and velvety to touch. Of course, most of us ordinary folk do not live on a Princess’s budget, which rules out Kérastase (it’s a very expensive product).
Luckily, we have plenty of products for repairing dry and damaged hair in our shop.
Here’s what we recommend:
Tigi Catwalk Nourishing Collection – £17.99
Tigi Urban Antidotes Recovery “Rehab for Hair” – £16.99
Argan Plus Unique 10 Spray – £10.90
UNIQ 1 coconut treatment – £7.90