Friday, 27 July 2012

Fit for a Princess.

Credit: Splash News

Regardless of today's fashion, Kate Middleton sticks to what she knows suits her when it comes to her hair- glossy, bouncy curls, also known as "The Chelsea Blow Dry." My love of Kate's gorgeous hair was documented in my very first post (refresh your memory by clicking here) back in early June, and I told you earlier this month that I'd be telling you how to recreate her amazing hairstyle - so here is the long awaited post I promised!

The cut itself is fairly low maintenance and would suit girls with medium to long hair - ask your hairdresser to give you some long layers through the lengths of the hair (to add movement) and to snip in some more layers, graduating from the chin downwards, around the face. This style accommodates a variety of different fringes too - I've had a side-fringe for years, but can still style my hair like Kate's (have a look at my Twitter profile picture for a peek at my hair - and follow me while you're there!).

Kate gets her hair blow dried by stylists every single day - so for those of us without a princess' bank balance, I've written this guide to my take on the Chelsea Blow Dry... you're a mere 3 steps away from Kate Middleton-esque locks! You'll be starting with freshly washed, wet hair:

1. It's really important you don't start blasting your hair dry from soaking wet, as your hair won't retain enough moisture and you'll end up with very dry, frizzy locks... so wrap your hair in a towel and wait patiently! Apply a volume spray and serum when hair is around 40% dry - if your hair is too wet, you'll only dilute your hair product and it won't be as effective. I use TRESemme 24 Hour Body Root Boosting spray which gives amazing volume and lift at the roots, followed by TRESemme Split Remedy Sealing Serum at the ends of the hair (click here to read what I have to say about this little gem!). Comb your hair to give even distribution of product, and to remove tangles.

2. Rough dry the lengths of your hair 'til it's about 80% dry, then flip your head upside down and blast the roots for roughly a minute. Flip your hair back over and arrange hair back in line with your parting. You'll need 2 brushes - a flat paddle brush (I use the TRESemme Ceramic Paddle Brush) to smooth the lengths of the hair, and a round barrel brush to create volume at the roots - I adore the TRESemme Ceramic Airflow Brush. Section hair into manageable chunks, then blow-dry each section using the paddle brush, pointing the nozzle down the hair shaft whilst running the brush through the lengths (I prefer to use the paddle brush over the barrel brush at this point as I find it much easier to control on my very long hair!) - dry off your fringe too, pulling away from the face to create natural lift. Now take your round barrel brush and place it under a chunk of hair adjacent to the parting and wiggle it deeper into the roots - blast this section with hot air for a couple of seconds, then leave the brush in the hair to cool for about half a minute (the cooling process is important to follow as it sets the hair in place). Remove the brush - we have (root) lift off! Do this on the other side of your parting and also at the crown... when finished, blast your roots with a little hairspray (I use this one).

3. Now time to style the hair - Kate uses hot rollers to create curls, but I find them far too time-consuming, so use a curling iron which, if you use the right one, gives virtually the same effect of loose, free-flowing curls. These Babyliss tongs are absolutely great and heat up really fast, making them much quicker and easier to work with than fiddly rollers! Before you start curling, spritz a light mist of TRESemme Heat Defence Styling Spray onto the hair to protect it from the heat of the tongs, then simply use the curlers through the lengths of the hair - stop winding the hair round the curling iron at about ear-level to create natural-looking curls. When you've tonged all your hair, gently break up the curls by running your fingers through the ends... spritz with hairspray, and there you have it, the Bombay Rose Chelsea Blow Dry is complete!

Give it a go, and let me know how you get on!


  1. Great advice! I'll definitely be tweaking my blow dry and including some (read: most) of your tips!! Thanks

  2. Glad you find it useful Nikki - let me know how you get on :-)

    Ambi xx


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