How to get Kate Middleton's hair

KATHERINE FEENEY
Last updated 05:00 10/05/2011
Fairfax AUS

Having hair like Kate Middleton is set to be the new winter fashion trend and hair stylists say dusting off the blow dryer is the first step.

Kate's hair
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HAIR SHE IS: The Duchess of Cambridge has inspired women to request the 'Middleton Mane'.

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Kate Middleton's hair has inspired a fashion frenzy.

Her wedding dress might have been the key Google trend during the royal wedding, but now the pomp has passed, public fascination remains fixed another aspect of her appearance - her hair.

Like Mia Farrow's famed pixie cut, Farrah Fawcett's flick and Jennifer Aniston's Rachel, the new Duchess of Cambridge's expertly groomed, chocolate brown tresses are having their own fashion moment, inspiring women the world over to rediscover the hairdryer and good, old-fashioned volume.

Celebrity stylists Oscar Cullinan of Oscar Oscar Salons and Darcy Stratford of Fabrik both agreed the Duchess's 'do is a hot look, with customers already requesting their own 'Middleton Mane'.

And the good news is, unlike Gwyneth's poker-straight locks, this style suits pretty much everyone.

"I would describe it as more of a refined, English look," Stratford said.

"It's sleek and styled, but definitely not over the top."

A product of regular visits to her long-time stylist Richard Ward, Middleton's 'style' is really just a classic volume blow-dry enhanced with a multi-vitamin 'infusion', worth about $10, which gives the glossy finish.

In other words, it's not that fancy, a fact that leaves a slightly sour taste in mouth of at least one awarded hair stylist, Fruition Hair director Craig Smith.

"It's boring," he said.

"Until she cuts her or does something drastic, she's probably not going to be at the forefront of hair fashion, partly because the blow-dry has been the number one trend for at least the last 12 months, so she's probably following trend there, rather than setting it.

"However it's still a really beautiful, classic look and one that I expect to start seeing taking off, particularly for weddings and other big events."

Stratford said buzz around Middleton's hair had already hit his salon, despite clients Kate Miller-Heidke, the Veronicas and Megan Washington who represented a far more edgy style.

"A lot of ladies don't want to have extreme styles; they want to look pretty," he said.

"They want to look like themselves, that the hair doesn't overtake them."

Indeed, Middleton famously requested as much on her wedding day, asking that Prince William be able to 'recognise' her at the altar.

Cullinan said this common touch showed Middleton was a woman influenced by the same desires and trends as his own customers - the old Hollywood looks favoured by retro-loving Katy Perry or characters of 60s costume drama Mad Men.

Just like Diana before her, Middleton was poised for 'it' hair status because she was reflective of what normal women wanted, Cullinan said.

"I think millions of women had cut-out pictures of Diana to take to their hairdressers [because] her style really summed up the look of the 80s, with lots of teasing and hairspray; it defined hairstyling of that time," he said.

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"In the 90s, everyone wanted the Jennifer Aniston, [but] now it's all about Kate Middleton, and for good reason, she never has her hair out of place and is an elegant style that is envied by everyone."

- Brisbane Times

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