Coiffeur Richard Ward on the hair look that Kate Middleton made famous

Kate Middleton not only cleverly recycles her Reiss dresses, she reworks her favourite hairdo, too.

When Kate and Prince William attended the launch of the Imperial War Museum Foundation’s First World War Galleries: Centenary Campaign, she opted for her signature demi-chignon hair style.

Kate‘s hairdresser Richard Ward tells Now: ‘The demi-chignon is a take on the classic half up-half down.

‘The name was originally created for HRH Catherine’s Royal Wedding but it’s a style that any woman can wear for any occasion – brides, bridesmaids, or just the girl on the street.

‘This style works well with most hair textures.

‘If you have thick, coarse hair then I’d suggest you blow-dry smooth using a real bristle radial brush first and then set in Velcro Rollers.

‘Once removed take random sections and tong into soft curls.

 11140%7C00001d427%7C56cd_Kate-Middleton-‘For finer hair, you may want to cheat a little bit and add real hair
wefts to create more body – real hair wefts will enable you to style the hair like your own too.

‘You can wear this style whether you have long or short hair – it’s just a matter of having enough hair at the sides to be able to section and pin backwards. It works better with longer layers so you can get a neater finish without any hair falling into the face.

‘Once you have created the foundation, take sections on each side of the front and gently twist. Secure the back with discreet pins. Gently back comb the
crown area so you create a soft, low, beehive effect, then sweep the
sides across and secure with pins.’

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