She dared to do it and with fabulous results! Kate Middleton fusion up her tried-and-true bouncy blowout by adding long hairstyle bangs, a style she formally debuted on her first day back from motherhood leave on Thursday, Sept. 17, and the results are smashing!
"I love the high fringe on Kate," celeb hairstylist Richard Mannah tells Us Weekly. "It looks thick, healthy, and bright. The length bends and frames her face beautifully. Plus, it gets it more versatile she can push it to one side or the other." His last point is an especially crucial one, as the Duchess of Cambridge, 33, just embraced her second child, Princess Charlotte, in May.
With a toddler and an infant, Middleton fit doesn't have a lot of time to prepare, and bangs tend to require submission and a steady hand. So we asked Mannah to give us three surefire tips to styling fringe quickly and with glam results. Read on to see the details!
Kate Middleton's High Bangs
1. Grab the Spritzing Bottle.
"You can't style dry bangs!" Mannah, who is also the General Artistic Director of Label.m. hair products, insists. "If you have wavy hair especially, you must wet it down with moisture before blowing it out." It will make everything easier, he promises.
2. Work with Nature.
Mannah acknowledges that lots of women have cowlicks and sometimes, hair can just be plain old stubborn. That's why he encourages women to let the bangs tell them where they want to go. "Grab some smoothing cream, and use just a tiny bit from the middle-length to the end of the bangs," he explains. "Blow them out forward, and then style them with the hair's mood. You have to go with the hair, not against it."
3. Do not Underrate the Value of a Good Brush
Last but not least, you have to have the proper tools. "You need a great round brush to be capable of stretching the bangs out. If you have bangs about Kate's length, I recommend Label. M's 'large' or 'Large' size round brushes," Mannah says. He adds, "If the brush is too short, it will create too much bend and volume. You need bangs like Kate's to look smooth, natural not poker straight, but with just a slight curl at the end. A big step brush will do that for you." One last note from Mannah to new moms: Do not be afraid to try bangs! Fringe is good for mothers or just people heading to the gym because a lot of moms like to throw their hair up in a ponytail when they're on the go," he explains. "The fringe adds just a bit of softness it keeps the face feminine."