Each generation has their own hair heroes. In the 90s there was your Jen Aniston 'do and your Winona Ryder crop. In the noughties there was Mischa Barton and Sarah Jessica Parker's respectively poker straight and curly tresses. And, more recently, lovey locked ladies like your Blake Livelys and your Alexa Chungs. Here at The Urban List, we all have a bad case of royal fever (you do too, stop pretending), and there's one mane we want to transplant onto our heads more than any other, the Kate Middleton.
Characterised by its bounce, shine, and general caramel-y loveliness, Kate has many a blonde considering a bleach ditch, and fellow brunettes reaching for the curling wand.
The best thing about Kate's hair — and her style in general — is that it's sufficiently jealousy-inducing, while being perfectly achievable by us mortals.
So we asked some of Brisbane's best hairstylists how we can achieve this glossy blue-blood look for ourselves. Consider this your cheat sheet to getting Kate Middleton Hair.
The Right Condition
Paddington's colourist wunderkinds, Mi Color, say the secret to recreating 'The Kate' is all about hair condition (Note: split ends are a no-no).
Mi Color's Director Megan says, "Kate's colour consists of rich chocolate tones with subtle caramel highlights that blend together to create a luminous color with beautiful shine.
"Her hair is all about condition. It is important to use a shampoo and conditioner including treatment once a week (we recommend you choose the Davines products best suited to your hair — Davines Love shampoo, Love conditioner, and Olive Treatment are Amazing)," she says.
"Kate's hair is always styled with body and bounce, and to achieve this you need the right products (try Schwarzkopf Professional Miracle oil for smoothness and moisture and Osis Upload for volume). The right tools, such as brushes, sectioning clips and a great hairdryer, are also key. (The GHD hairdryer is the best we have used in a long time as it dries the hair twice as fast.)
"Some women are blessed with hair that goes from wet to wonderful without any help at all. But, for the rest of us, only professional intervention seems to tame our manes. The good news is with practice, patience, and some expert instruction, it's easy to recreate a professional looking blow dry at home. To help you on your way to Kate-hair, we offer a one hour styling lesson so you can learn to recreate your hair at home and have that 'just left the salon look' that Kate's always working."
And, how's this? Mi Color also offers unlimited blow dries and a treatment for a month for only $160.
Get Crafty with Your curling wand
Blowdry-wielding, hairstyling wizard and Dmitri Papas from Papas & Pace gives us a blow-by-blow (get it?) run down of how to recreate the Kate Middleton look at home.
"This is how I prepare Kate Middleton's hair in my dreams," jokes Dmitri. "To achieve Kate's hair style you would first prepare your hair with the appropriate shampoo and conditioner. The hair must be clean so that the style bounces and lasts.
"Next apply Redken New Pillow Proof Express Primer throughout the hair, which speeds up blow drying by 30% and protects the hair from heat — ideal for longer hair. Then, throughout the root area, I would apply Redken's Rootfull to give support and hold in the root area, which is necessary for a long bouncy result like Kate's.
"Next step would be to blow dry your hair using a medium to large boar bristle brush, depending on your hair length. Throughout the front, two inches from the hair line, I would direct the hair forward. And from the ears back direct the blowdry underneath to achieve as much body as you can.This is your base.
"From there you would take a C section around your head, from temple to temple, and pin away the hair from underneath. Then use your 25-30mm curly tong vertically and wrap the hair away from the face. Work in inch sections from the sides to the middle-back section. Repeat on the other side," he says.
"When the curling is completed drop the top section down and, pending on your part, take another smaller C section, leaving your part out, and repeat the same process like before, now working up the head. Keep repeating this until you reach the part line. When completed, run your hands through to loosen up the curls and spray with Redken's Fashion Works Hairspray, which is a great workable spray that doesn't give you any stickyiness."
KEEP IT NATURAL
Brodie from Rokstar Salonz recommends asking for diffused, natural highlights to achieve Kate's effortless rich warm brown.
She suggests asking your colourist for some soft caramel diffused highlights in through the ends of the hair to enhance movement and give dimension.
"Wella Colour Id is an amazing tool that we use in the salon to create incredibly natural colouring," says Brodie.
"This look is best achieved with a round brush and some volume moose, such as Sebastian Thickefy foam. When using the round brush always roll the ends under for some bounce and curl. Afterwards finish with a product that gives a light shine, for example Sebastian Shine shaker."
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