Thursday, April 19, 2012

Kate Middleton Hair

In anticipation of the first anniversary, I'll be doing a few posts on Catherine Middleton. Yes, I'm a fan. Obsessive? Not really. I like Kate's style (always have, even in 2005 when we first met her); it's a lot like mine. Though, I tend to like more of her casual looks, but I do like the outfits she wears during her royal duties. My hair and coloring are very similar to hers, so seeing what she and her hair stylist do helps me. I've done a post before on her hair, but this time I want to focus more on the little details that go into it. I've been thinking about cutting my hair, but I'm loving my length, so I guess learning how to style it better will help. My hair is long and thick like hers.

Richard Ward explained the way to get the look with The Daily Mail. Who is he? He owns the salon where Kate, her sister, and her mom get their hair done. Not sure if Kate still goes there after James Pryce left the salon to start his own; he's the one who always does her hair. 

Here's how to get the look:
1. Make sure you leave yourself enough time, it should take about 45 minutes.
First, thoroughly cleanse and condition your hair. "Use the flats of your fingers not your fingertips or nails to massage in the product and encourage increased circulation to the scalp," says Richard.
Rinse your hair for two minutes to ensure any product residue is removed — hair will shine if rinsed really well. Lightly towel dry.
2. Now apply styling products. Use some blow dry oil or serum (a blob about the size of a nickle) and smooth from mid-length to the ends to give lovely sheen. Spritz a root boosting product evenly on the first two inches of hair only.
3. For the shiniest finish, hair shouldn’t be dripping, but 80 percent wet when you start blowdrying — you’ll get the best results when you still have moisture in your hair. "The main mistake people make is waving a hair dryer at it to rough dry it," says Richard. "It becomes over-dried and hard to style."
4."Start blow-drying at the front if you’re doing it at home — that’s the bit others will see," he says. It also means that this most visible part will be wet enough to get the best styling results. If you start at the back, by the time you reach the front, your hair may be dry and more difficult to manage.
5. Dry each section using a round brush, pointing downwards — use the nozzle of the dryer to concentrate heat on the section, but make sure you hold it at least five inches away from the hair.
Don’t wiggle the brush around too much — move the hairdryer and brush down the hair shaft at the same speed and smooth downward. Finish drying by switching to hot air to cold to seal in the follicles.
6. Once each section is dry, roll it up in a medium sized Velcro roller (available from Target or any salon) and pin to your head.
7. Keep the rollers in while you  get dressed (ideally for half an hour) and remove just before you leave the house. Once you’ve taken the rollers out, turn your head upside down and run your fingers through your hair to separate out the curls. 

Finishing Touches

To help keep your blow- dried tresses in shape, apply a  tiny bit of serum to give shine and define layers, then a light mist of hairspray.
"Whatever you do, don’t brush your hair!" says Richard. "Simply toss your head the right way again and you’re good to go."

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