Kate Middleton’s Hair: What to ask for at the salon

kate middleton hairKate Middleton’s hair is one of the most asked for styles at hair salons across the world.  From Europe to the Americas, Kate’s style long brown hair is admired across the continents.

I’m lucky enough to have a great friend who is a hairdresser, so I asked her what I should ask for in the salon to copy Kate’s look.  

She said:

“If you wanted that ‘cut’ it looks pretty much one length to me with a tiny bit of gentle layering at the front and maybe a bit at the back so I’d ask for;

Mainly one length with soft, long layers at the front to create a bit of movement and shape around the face so it doesn’t just hang.

If you wanted the ‘style’ with the curls you’d ask for;

A smooth blow dry with a bit of root lift to create bounce and then a soft, bouncy curl put in around the bottom lengths (only about a 1/3 of the way up the hair) with a large barreled tongue to create a nice frame for the face.”

Big thank you to Lucy, who specialises in wedding hair and runs a mobile hairdressing service in Nottingham.


Handbag.com have a couple of really useful ‘Kate hair’ articles for those interested.  The first is a look at 15 of her hairstyles with tips on how to achieve similar looks: click here to read.   The second article is an interview with Kate’s hair stylist Richard Ward: click here to read.


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  1. Hello!

    I think it’s the sun, because I have the same color as kate. And when I am under the sun, my hair are more “lighting” and not so dark as usual!
    And they went at the hospital at the end of the afternoon so the sun is more yellow and orange than in the begin or mmiddle afternoon! ;)

  2. She definitely has had a trim and possibly some highlights. However the cut looks so much better she should keep her hair this length it was much too long before she looks much more stunning this way with the shorter cut and colour.

  3. I have searched all over for how to style my hair like Kate’s and I only found it one place. I thought I would share it here since I come here often to get the latest on Kate’s style. http://www.allure.com/hair-ideas/2011/long-hairstyles#slide=1


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