The Duchess Of Cambridge isn’t short of enviable atributes, but we reckon top spot on the official ‘things Kate has the we want too’ list belongs to her glorious mane of hair.
Her trademark ‘do gets nearly as much attention as the Duchess herself, and little wonder. Kate’s swingy shoulder-tickling cut, bouncy waves and perfectly shiny chestnut shade are the height of effortless chic. Which (as you’d expect) means a fair amount of effort is required to actually achieve the look.
Of course, a professional blow dry is the best way to achieve a volume-packed style (Kate loves Chelsea’s Richard Ward, or nationwide try Toni & Guy‘s Blow Dry Menu). But for those of us sadly without a weekly blow dry budget, a few clever tips and smart styling tools can help you achieve her style too. Read on to discover everything you need to care for, style and cover your greys like Kate.
Catherine’s haircare products and regime
Rumour has it that the Duchess’ favourite shampoo and conditioner are by luxe brand Kerastase, specifically the Nutritive Bain Oleo Relax Smoothing Shampoo, £13, which makes perfect sense given her thick locks have a tendency to frizz (remember when things got a bit wild on their trip to the Solomon Islands?) The importance of using the right shampoo should not be underestaimated when styling your hair at home. A good salon brand like Kerastase will totally clean hair, removing all build up to encourage shine without stripping it of natural oils that help it hold a style as well as prodviding natural gloss. Plus this one smells delish.
Catherine’s styling trick
Kate is known for her refreshingly hands-on approach to her beauty regime. She famously did her own makeup for her wedding to Prince William, and ex Vogue Editor-In-Chief Alex Schulman revealed that The Duchess drove up on the day of her photoshoot for the magazine’s centenary issue with rollers in her hair. As well as displaying her down-to-earth attitude to grooming, Kate’s roller trick is a savvy styling move too. Hair that as been heat styled only sets into place when coled completely, so leaving rollers in for as long as possible ensures those bouncy curls will stay put for far longer.
Rollers may not be as trendy as styling irons, but they are just the thing for glamorous waves, and cost next to nothing. Superdrug Large Self Grip Rollers, £2.49 will do the job nicely. Simple seperate newly dried hair into sections, wind in, blast with heat agan and leave to cool entirely before slowly unwinding, shaking out with fingers and misting with hairspray.If you can get away with keeping them in for a few hours, so much the better.
Catherine’s clever colour
But perhaps the most interesting thing about her hair regime is her colour. The Duchess, AKA Kate Middleton’s grey hair is something that is only whispered about in insider beauty circles. But apparently the royal mum of two does suffer from that age old affliction, she just covers it well. How? Well, her colour is a perfect, natural mix of tones. It has a healthy chestnut base, with a bit of interest thrown in from a blend of different brunette tones, which together create a understated head of hair that is a thing of quiet luxury.
Fancy giving it a whirl? Chelsea hairdresser (and rumoured long-time stylist to Kate) Richard Ward revealed how to copy her colour to The Daily Mail. “‘Ask your stylist for three different shades of lowlights, one lighter than your natural base colour, one about the same and one slightly darker to create a multi-tonal affect in the same hues. Dying just a few strands of hair in each shade, as opposed to large sections, achieves a more natural look.”
If you prefer to dye at home, try using E-Salon’s Custom Hair Colour Kit, £7, for a completely bespoke shade created to order for you. With highlight kits coming soon, you can add balayage for that multi-tonal Kate shade.
Now please excuse us, we have some beauty shopping to do!