We take a look at how the Duchess of Cambridge’s much admired hair has changed over the years.
- Kate Middleton isn’t short of enviable attributes, but we reckon the top spot of the official ‘things Kate has that we want too’ list belongs to her glorious mane of hair.
- Her trademark ‘do gets nearly as much attention as the Duchess herself, which means a fair amount of effort is required to actually achieve this look.
- Here, we look at how Kate’s hair has changed over the years, plus how you can copy her look…
The fascination with Kate’s hair seemingly began at a charity fashion show way back in 2002. She took to the catwalk in tight ringlets and a very noughties-style hair braid, while Prince William sat in the front row. However, she wasn’t one to experiment on the day of their graduation from St. Andrew’s University in Scotland, opting for her classic signature bouncy blow for the occasion.
Kate ditched products in favour of natural tresses while on a Diamond Jubilee tour in 2012, where she and William represented the Queen in Singapore, Malaysia, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands. Her hair, which she wore longer at the time, perfectly matched the laid-back theme of the event and showed off her natural curls.
Big hair dates
When announcing her engagement to William, she introduced a more polished version of her bouncy blow out with a slight curtain fringe and curled ends. While on her wedding day in 2011, she went for relaxed half up, half down do, worn under a tiara and veil. Revealing her decision behind the style, royal reporter Ashley Pearson said, ‘Kate had her heart set on wearing her hair down with long flowing curls, which is her favourite way to wear it and actually William’s favourite as well.’
The Duchess has made plenty of subtle changes to her brunette colour over the years, from caramel to honey-tinged highlights. She showed off her darker locks in 2013 – just four months after giving birth to Prince George – at the Sports Aid Ball. The significantly darker colour and gloss process was said to have cost Kate up to £700 with famed hairstylist Rossano Ferretti.
Kate has switched up her style in recent months, with an auburn lob [long bob] and a curtain fringe – and it’s gone down well. Celebrity stylist James Johnson said, ‘Something like this cut – a long bob – is very on trend right now.’ Although it certainly isn’t the first time Kate has worked a fringe. In the early days of her pregnancy with Prince George, she drew attention away from her bump by sporting a slight fringe and longer locks.
Kate went for a curly shoulder length do, not long before the arrival of her youngest son, Prince Louis. She was said to have sent the chopped locks anonymously to the Little Princess Trust – a charity that helps make wigs for children going through chemotherapy or radiotherapy. A source revealed at the time, ‘It was sent using someone else’s name, so that the trust didn’t know it was from a royal source – they just thought it was from a female donor in the Kensington area.’ How sweet!
A guide to Kate’s bouncy blow
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.
1. Apply a small amount of volumising mousse to damp hair and brush evenly through.
2. Begin to rough dry the hair using a hairdryer, lifting and heating roots with your fingers.
3. Use a medium-size round bristle brush to blow dry the hair smooth and using a medium-sized tong, take sections of hair and wrap around the barrel, away from your face.
4. Hold in place for a few seconds and release.
5. Finish off by lightly brushing through the locks.
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!