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The brushes, tools and hair products that Kate Middleton takes on tour

January 30th 2018 / Anna Hunter / 0 comment

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Or rather, her hair stylist does. From mousse to tongs to classic barrel brushes, here’s how Duchess hair is done, plus the charitable motivation behind her midi-bob cut

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have begun their royal tour of Scandinavia with hockey games and black tie dinners in Sweden, and pre take-off we were privy to the kind of prep required to keep up appearances, at least on the hair front.

Kate Middleton’s hair stylist, Amanda Cook Tucker, shared an image of the Duchess’ hair stash for the tour on Instagram (...the post and her account have since been deleted), including 13 brushes, six types of comb, three styles of hair tong, two hairdryers, two plug extension leads and three plug adaptors, because we’ve all been there with the ‘wrong-pronged plug on a mini break’ setback. Also in the royal flatlay was the time honoured L’Oréal Elnett Hairspray, £5, styling products by Wella and Redken and two Charles Worthington volumizers, namely Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Body Booster Mousse, £6.99, and Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Perfect Finish Hair Spray, £6.99. If there was proof that mousse has made a modern comeback, this is it. In terms of use, Charles Worthington Brand Ambassador Ken O’Rourke gave us some pointers:

“Of the thousands of products that are available on the market, I’m not surprised that Amanda has these as staples in her kit, as I don’t go anywhere without them either! I recommend applying the mousse to wet hair and blow drying it in at the roots using a round bristle brush. Lightly mist the hairspray all over, or spray it onto a hair brush ,and brush it through the hair for a smooth finish.”

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It’s also been reported this week that the Duchess donated at least seven inches of hair to The Little Princess Trust in switching to her new midi-bob style. A charity that provides wigs for children and young adults suffering with hair loss, The Little Princess Trust accepts real hair donations of seven inches or more, with 7-10 donations making up a single wig, crafted by specialists. The charity’s manager, Monica Glass, conveys that the Duchess made an anonymous donation, but now that the news is out there she hopes that others will be inspired to go for a cut for a good cause. Our Eczema Files columnist Ali Hunter did just that last year in honour of the ghd and The Little Princess Trust’s #chopittoyourchin campaign, lopping off hair that was at bum level to just below her ears. Dramatic, but ghd global ambassador Adam Reed has some style and cut inspiration here if you’d love to do the same but are feeling a bit nervy. There’s no better impetus for a style change than knowing that you’re going short for a seriously good cause.

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