The Duchess of Cambridge has been opting for ‘simpler’ hairdos throughout lockdown that offer ‘longevity between washes’, a stylist has claimed – after the royal was seen debuting a new look during a video call yesterday.
Kate Middleton, 38, was pictured sporting a relaxed straight blow-dry with a sweeping side parting on the call from her Anmer Hall home in Norfolk, where she is isolating with Prince William, 38, and their three children.
According to James Johnson, the duchess has managed to maintain her incredible locks throughout the pandemic by wearing her hair in simple, classic styles.
He told FEMAIL that the mother-of-three’s ‘sophisticated’ side-parting helped ‘open her face and show off her amazing cheekbones’ and covered any regrowth at the root.
James added that Kate’s favoured Zoom-look – the half-up-half-down do – allows her greater longevity because she wouldn’t have to wash her hair daily.
The Duchess of Cambridge has done an ‘amazing job in lockdown adopting simpler looks’ while having to arrange her own hair, according to a celebrity stylist – with the royal opting for clever tricks including practical half up-dos (pictured left) and side partings (pictured right) that cover regrowth lines
Kate Middleton has opted for her usual bouncy blow dry on occasion during lockdown, but has mainly worn a more relaxed style (pictured, during a virtual message last week)
While Kate has occasionally opted for her signature bouncy blow-dried waves during lockdown, the royal has worn her hair in a relaxed up-do and slicked back ponytail on the majority of her virtual appearances.
Speaking about her decision to ditch the curlers for her call yesterday, James said: ‘Kate is a hair icon globally, she’s known for her bouncy hair, but ability-wise, her more textured and bouncier looks are harder to recreate at home.
‘So this side-parted style is perfect for someone who has less hair styling skills. Whilst being soft, and therefore easier to style herself, this hairdo also carries on her sophisticated look, even in lockdown.
He added: ‘The side-parting helps open up her face, showing off her amazing cheekbones. It also a handy trick for covering solid regrowth lines exposed in the middle.
Celebrity hair stylist James Johnson told FEMAIL that Kate has opted for styles that offer longevity between washes, such as the simple ponytail (above)
‘The tucked hair behind the ear keeps the whole look soft, whilst on trend – setting the bar for mum hair goals.’
Offering advice on how to recreate the look, James said a round brush should be used to create a gentle bend and flick on the ends, followed by a hydrating serum.
And while Kate’s new style may differ from her usual big and bouncy blow dry, the celebrity stylist did point to earlier moments during lockdown when the royal had adopted her favourite look.
Speaking about Kate’s earlier lockdown styles, James said: ‘We’ve seen Kate adopt softer styles that are easier to recreate, and they’re still on trend and in fashion.
James added that Kate’s favoured Zoom-look, the half-up-half-down do (above), allows her to push her style an extra day and offers some longevity because she doesn’t have to wash her locks each day
‘While in lockdown, Kate’s done an amazing job. With the half-up-half-down style she often opts for, and with hairdos like her newest one that can be turned into that easily, you get an extra day out of that look.’
He went on to explain that the half-up do and ponytail styles which Kate has showcased during the lockdown could also have been for practicality reasons.
James explained: ‘Half-up-half-down is quite nice for Zoom calls and you’re pushing that style an extra day.
‘People usually wash it when they’re having to go into the office but because it’s half-up-half-down or in a ponytail you’ll getting longevity out of your style, which she seems to be doing and looking great every time.’
Speaking about Kate’s earlier lockdown looks, the stylist said: ‘We’ve seen Kate (pictured on a video call in May) adopt softer styles that are easier to recreate, and they’re still on trend and in fashion’
The duchess teamed up with the Duchess of Cornwall for the Zoom call to mark Children’s Hospice Week. It is the first time the pair have undertaken a joint engagement, either virtual or in the flesh.
They spoke to Fraser’s sibling Stuie Delf, 13, and his parents, Stuart and Carla Delf, from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, during a video call with representatives of three charities.
Inspired by legendary 100-year-old fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore, Stuie vowed to undertake a sponsored five kilometres run every day last month to raise funds for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) site in Milton, Cambridgeshire, which has seen a dramatic drop in funding due to the coronavirus pandemic.
‘I hear you’ve been doing lots of fundraising, which has been amazing,’ Kate, who is patron of EACH, said. Camilla added: ‘Captain Tom has done a lot for this country, hasn’t he? He’s inspired so many people. You must be very fit, Stuie.’
The Duchesses spoke with the Delf family about their fundraising efforts following the death of Fraser, nine, in January during her call with the Duchess of Cornwall
The two women talked to him and his parents about the seven weeks they spent living in the hospice with Fraser before he died.
Kate, who became patron of EACH in 2012, described the work of children’s hospices as ‘extraordinary’.
She added: ‘It’s a credit to the staff that they can provide the environment, the nurturing space for those families to help them go through long or short term care. It’s really awe-inspiring.’
How to recreate Kate Middleton’s bouncy lockdown waves
James Johnson tells FEMAIL: ‘Lockdown hair can make it hard for us to maintain our image, and even the duchess will feel the struggle.
‘Her blow dry look can be created easily at home with a medium tong.’
- Once the hair is dry, using the tong, wrap the hair around the barrel, making sure it’s tonged away from your face
- It’s important you mirror the movements on each side so no curl falls onto the face
- Once cooled down, use a large paddle brush or comb to brush this all together
- Just like a puzzle the curls will form together to create a nice wave
- To make this last I’d recommend using a heat defence spray such as the ColorWow Style On Steroids
James added: ‘I’m sure like Kate, many are worried about their ends and keeping their hair healthy – I’d recommend investing in hair treatments to keep the ends strong.
‘Leave in supplements are ideal for making sure your ends stay hydrated and unbroken – keeping your hair healthy for the lockdown and more importantly preventing you grabbing the scissors yourself at home… leave it to the professionals!
‘For ladies like Kate who have regular colour treatments – use other alternatives such as the ColorWow – Root Cover Up. This is a mineral based concealing powder that will hide any regrowth’.