Duchess lets her greys show

Last updated 08:41 08/11/2013

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The Duchess of Cambridge is sporting a new hairstyle which reveals her greying roots.

Out in London on Poppy Day, Kate Middleton had her hair parted in the middle, rather than at the side, with her grey hair clearly visible, reported the Daily Mail.

The flatter, "less bouncy" style highlighted the silvery strands, said London-based hairdresser Daniel Galvin Jr.

He said if women used an anaesthetic when pregnant, it was common for grey hairs to develop.

"It's a huge shock to the system sometimes sends the hair bulb to sleep causing the hair to loose its natural pigmentation," said Galvin Jr.

"In my experience many pregnant women whose hair turns grey will start seeing their natural pigmentation come through within a few months."

The Daily Mail said Middleton started finding greys before her pregnancy, and used organic vegetable-based dyes in four-hour visits to the Richard Ward Hair and Metrospa in Chelsea.

Some say the pressures of motherhood may have hindered Middleton's trips to the salon, but many women stop colouring their hair during pregnancy, with some waiting until at least 12 weeks after the birth of their baby to begin again.

This is due to fears of the chemicals used in dyes being passed to the baby through breast-feeding.

An NHS statement about safety of dying hair when pregnant or breastfeeding says the chemicals in permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes are not highly toxic.

It is very unlikely a significant amount of the chemicals used in hair dyes will be passed on through breast milk, and many women had used hair treamtments while breastfeeding with no negative results, said the NHS.

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