How does one stop one's hair pouffing up A young fan quizzes the Duchess of Cambridge on her heat-proof hair
10:47 GMT, 12 September 2012
Her smooth, glossy blow dry is one of the Duchess of Cambridge's signature looks, in fact it is so popular it even has its own nickname: the Chelsea Blow Dry.
But today brunette Kate admitted that even a royal hair do isn't beyond a bit of frizz.
Meeting well wishers in the sweltering Singapore heat the Royal, whose gently tousled hair style has launched thousands of copycat looks, was cornered for some style tips by Ella Major, 15.
Even a Duchess is not immune to an attack of the frizz: On the second day of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour Kate's normally faultless blow dry appeared to be feeling the heat
Perfectly polished: A frizz-free Duchess of Cambridge attends a State reception and dinner at the Istana in Singapore on the first day of the Diamond Jubilee tour
She said: 'I asked her how she kept her hair so perfect in this weather, because it’s so humid. Mine always pouffes up.
'She was afraid that her hair might be the same way in a few minutes. She said that her hair would pouffe up soon enough.'
30-year-old Kate has naturally curly hair, which as any woman blessed with the same will know does not react well to extreme heat.
Kate chose a simple up do for the couple's first official engagement to visit an orchid named after William's mother Princess Diana
And as the couple strolled around the Singapore Gardens today Kate's perfectly polished mane did seem to be starting to droop in the 36 degree temperatures.
William's wife has access to a private hairdresser throughout their
Diamond Jubilee visit ensuring that her long locks will be immediately primped for the next engagement.
Kate is a
long-term client of the Richard Ward celebrity salon in Chelsea, but has
enlisted the services of Amanda Cook Tucker on the trip to the Far
Mrs Cook Tucker, 50, often styles Kate's hair at home and has been cutting William and Harry's hair for years.
A source told the Mail on Sunday's Katie Nicholl: 'Amanda is an expert at what Kate loves – full glossy blow dries that hold.
is going to be indispensable on the trip as Kate will be in hot, humid
weather and she’s going to want her hair to look great.’
On the second day of the tour Kate's long locks already seemed to be drooping in the 36 degree temperature during a morning visit to the Cloud Forest of Singapore's Gardens
Mrs Cook Tucker’s ex-husband Neville Tucker also has Royal connections.
Knightsbridge salon held the Royal Warrant from 1980 to 1994 and he
worked closely with the Queen’s longest-serving hairdresser, Charles
The Prince of Wales will be paying for the cost of Mrs Cook Tucker, believed to be 300 a day plus travel costs.
A spokesman for the Duchess said: ‘The Duchess’s hairdresser on the tour is a private individual paid for privately.’
Kate has enlisted the help of William's hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker on the Diamond Jubilee Tour, Mrs Cook Tucker also cuts Prince William and Prince Harry's hair
AND HERE'S HOW TO GET THE LOOK AT HOME ….
The Daily Mail's Life & Style Editor Nicole Mowbray quizzed Richard Ward, the inventor of the Chelsea Blow Dry, on how to steal Kate's style.
Richard Ward, the celebrity hairdresser
Richard says: ‘The Chelsea Blow Dry is a
free-flowing sophisticated way to wear long hair.’
1. Make sure you leave yourself enough time, it should take about 45 minutes.
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.
your hair for two minutes to ensure any product residue is removed —
hair will shine if rinsed really well. Lightly towel dry.
apply styling products. Use some blow dry oil or serum (a blob about the
size of a five pence piece) 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 per cent wet when you start blow drying —
you’ll get the best results when you still have moisture in your hair.
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.
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.
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.
the brush around too much — move the hairdryer and brush down the hair
shaft at the same speed and smooth downward. Once each section is dry,
roll it up in a medium sized Velcro roller (available from Boots or any
salon) and pin to your head.
6. 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.