A Hairdresser for Kate Middleto’s Hair

From expensive designer dresses to high-street court shoes, the Duchess of Cambridge is able to sell out any fashion item in a matter of hours, making her influence on the nation’s style undeniable.

And it’s not just Kate’s clothes we’re after — the royal is famed for her gorgeous mane of hair; the term “Kate Middleton hair” is Googled tens of thousands of times a year, with many hoping to emulate those tumbling, glossy waves.

There’s little chance that I can afford to replicate Kate’s outfits — but maybe, just maybe, I could get my own Princess-worthy head of hair?

I decided to visit one of London’s top hairdressers, Inanch Emir, in her city center salon, to see if she could transform my straggly locks into a ‘do worthy of the Duchess.

It wasn’t going to be an easy task — mainly because while Kate has thick, lustrous hair, mine is fine, flyaway and thins at the ends, rather than getting thicker, like the Duchess’s.

The solution to this is extensions, says Emir, who specializes in the art of applying them. She said she’d be very surprised if Kate doesn’t have extensions herself (hair normally gets thinner as we age, whereas Kate’s has seemed to get thicker since her university days). This was a relief to hear — maybe I could achieve the Duchess’s look, after all!

There are two extension options to choose from: first, you can have clip-in extensions, which look remarkably realistic. Although they’re temporary, once they’ve been removed you can keep them, so you have your own ready-made swishy locks whenever you need to look extra marvelous.

Secondly, there are permanent extensions, which are fixed into the hair using polymer bonds, and which last around three months. I decided to go for this option because, HELLO, who wouldn’t want hair like Kate for a whole quarter of a year?!

The process started with my hair being washed. If you want to create a big, bouncy blow-dry a la Kate, Emir recommends using minimal amounts of conditioner, as it weighs the hair down.

Next, my hair was brushed through to detangle it (always a challenging process) and roughly dried, as tresses need to be dry in order for the extensions to stick.

I was amazed how quickly a couple of rows of extensions can be added to your head — I’d always assumed they were a full day job, but within half an hour, Emir had attached a whole bunch of expertly-matched hair into my own locks, and then cut them to the same length.