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Rain, more rain, and even more talk of the royal resignation – that was our weekends in a nutshell. But amidst details on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping back as “senior members of the Royal Family” emerging, it seems that most royal watchers had forgotten Kate Middleton’s big day. The Duchess of Cambridge turned 38 on Thursday, marking nearly 20 years since she met the Duke – and nearly 20 years of perfect hair.
Bouncy, glossy, shiny, chocolate-brown locks have become Middleton’s signature look, and one that women are constantly trying to cop. Over the years, the duchess has occasionally changed up her style – experimenting with a fringe or cutting her hair a bit shorter – but she always returns to her fail-safe look. Unfortunately, not all of us have hairstylists on hand to give us the perfect blow-dry on the daily. However, there are some golden rules we can follow to get a bit closer to her iconic look. Hairstylist Adam Jones from Live True London has revealed his top tips to help you “get Kate’s bouncy, voluminous locks” – worth a shot, right?
Kate’s hair doesn’t happen overnight, and the key to healthy and shiny hair is treating it well. For Jones, this means properly considering what you’re putting in it. “The correct products are essential to ensure the style lasts long, is full of shine but super lightweight,” he says. “We love the Kérastase ‘Nutritive Bain Satin 1’ shampoo and ‘Nutritive Lait Vital’ conditioner for moisturized, healthy-looking locks. Team this with the ‘Nutritive Nectar Thermique’ heat protector for a weightless and smooth finish with instant hair protection.”
Once you’ve got the right products, Jones thinks “correct tools are paramount”. He advises: “For medium to long hair, always use a medium-barreled brush to ensure enough volume through the top of your hair and enough bounce and shape through the bottom.” Jones’s top tip? “Always pin up the hair after shaping with the brush and allow to cool,” he says. “This ensures when you dress out the hair, it lasts hour after hour.”
FYI: ‘dress out the hair’ means styling it.
T3 ‘Volume 2.5 Round Brush’
Last but not least are the finishing touches. “Back brush through the top of the hair, concentrating more through the crown area for extra secured height,” Jones recommends. “Then finish with a lightweight finishing spray like the Redken ‘Quick Dry 18’ to tame and smooth any flyaways. Remember the key to a great, long-lasting blow-dry is in the preparation. A can full of hairspray will not be your savior for a blow-dry to last all day long.”
Redken ‘Quick Dry 18’ Hairspray