On the recent Royal Tour, it was noted with amusement here at What Would Kate Do at how many people were commenting on her naturally curly hair and wondering how it would stand up to the incredible humidity that’s typically present in Southeast Asia. As curly haired girls ourselves who have been to Asia, we know firsthand how incredibly difficult it is to keep your hair from frizzing up at the most inopportune times… But then again, we didn’t have a personal hairdresser with us (and blew out our North American blowdryer on Day 1…)
It seems like Kate’s secret isn’t so much in a product (Yay!) but it’s in how her hair is blown out using something coined as the “Chelsea Blowout”. Immediately interested in this, we were lucky enough to find a step-by-step instruction guide at Hello! Magazine from 2011 which shows Kate’s normal hairdresser, Richard Ward, demonstrating on a Hello! journalist. The step we often overlook as it’s time consuming is the curler step when doing our own hair which is shown as being pretty darn important and how they get the loose, romantic curls.
The Chelsea blow-dry is not for the faint of heart. We looked over the pictures and it appears that the entire process would likely take you a good hour to hour and a half- which is time we simply don’t have in the mornings- but it might be worthy of noting for when going out for a special occasion or when you know there are going to be cameras present (Ahem, family Christmas photos?) We do think that in less humid climates, you’d probably be able to leave your hair for a few days after it’s been blown out which would definitely save you time.
While being able to step out with sleek locks is definitely one of Kate’s trademarks, surprisingly one of our favorite pictures from the Royal Tour was actually when Kate’s natural curls started to come out in the Solomon Islands. We love that she had the courage to show off her natural curls (and yes, folks, this is what naturally curly hair does in 36-40 degree humidity) but it’s not something we’d want to see everyday from our beloved Kate. It’s definitely not the sleek, chic and classic Princess look we are accustomed to with Kate. It looks perfect for the locale but would look unkept and unprofessional in the City.
Unfortunately, having sleek and chic hair is definitely one of the more important parts of looking like Kate and definitely something Kate Would (and does!) Do almost everyday when in Great Britain but we liked that every now and again you have to realize that you can only fight the elements for so long before you have to succumb.
Getting Hair Like Kate’s –
- Figure out what works for your hair: If you have naturally sleek straight hair you might be in desperate hunt of being able to add a curl to your hair, or if you have naturally curly hair like Kate, you might be trying urgently to smooth out your tresses. The best way we’ve found to do this is to go to the best hairdresser you can find (and afford) and ask them to show you how to style your hair. If this is even out of the budget, as them to skip the cut and just blowdry. Take notes and ask them to show you what they’re doing. Every single hairdresser we’ve ever been to has been more than happy to share their tricks and secrets- the hardest part is being able to recreate at home.
- Don’t fight it: We have hair that is curlier than Kate’s and often find that when we keep it curly but without frizz we can create pretty spectacular up-dos and even just classic chignons that look great without having to arduously blowdry. Sometimes you have to realize that not everyone can have someone else’s hair. Remember all the girls who got their hair cut å la Rachel from Friends? It didn’t look good on all of them
- Test products until you find the right one: Many companies send out free samples of their products so you can test them out before committing to a whole bottle. Many good products are expensive, and unless you’ve got deep pockets like the Royal Family, you will probably need to test out a product before splurging on the whole bottle. Ask for trial size bottles from hairdressers and take advantage of fantastic shops like Sephora who will send you home with a sample of pretty much anything in their store.