I have literally just got home after having my done this evening, and I’m in that mood of “oh my hair is so flowing, and lush, and beautiful” and the stylist I had today passed on a few of her tips for luscious hair to me. Now, combined with what I’ve learnt today and what I’ve learnt through my life, I thought I’d pass on some tips as to how to get Kate’s gorgeous hair too, examples of which we’ve seen over the recent weeks, the Mandela premiere, the visit to South Africa House, and her visit to the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice.
#1 For volume, throw your air all over the place as you dry it. Ok, strategically all over the place. I’ve never been able to do middle partings for fear of looking like I’m from a 90s boy band but by pushing your hair in the opposite direction of where you want it with the hair dryer, you create lift and volume, and avoid such looks sported by the Backstreet Boys, Westlife etc.
#2 Avoid heat as much as you can, and where possible, create the style naturally. For example, if you want light waves, which we see Kate frequently sporting, flowing throughout you hair, run some mousse through the lengths and then loosely plait the hair and leave to dry over night or for a few hours. For tighter curls, separate the hair into four plaits and braid them a little tighter and higher.
#3 Don’t get caught in the trap of washing your hair every day – taking oil out leaves you with more oil to begin with. If you can handle the feeling, try to only wash it twice a week. If you MUST wash it every day (like myself…except on weekends), use sulphate free shampoos as they don’t strip the hair of the oils it needs yet it will be left looking lovely and as fresh as any other shampoo. Stripping too much oil means it never gets to the ends which is where it’s needed most, especially for long, glossy hair like Kate’s.
#4 A definite favourite of Kate’s are keratin (protein) treatments which replace the proteins that have been stripped out. Once every two weeks, home or in a salon, would be enough to help replace and then lock in the moisture that’s been lost. Keratin will keep your hair frizz free and stamp out any damage from heat tools.
…and that’s me until after Christmas so I wish you all a very Merry Christmas//Happy Holidays, I hope you get everything you wish for, and have a wonderful time this festive season!