Kate's Next Best Tresses: London Hair Pros Weigh In

11/12/2013 at 01:17 PM ET

Kate Middleton HairLondon News Pictures/Rex USA

When Duchess Catherine changes up her hair even the slightest bit, we have to investigate. After sporting side-parted waves for years, she recently switched to a center part (left), which had folks buzzing. So we reached out to London stylists to weigh in on the latest look — and what should come next.

“It looks like her hair has become a lot more informal, more relaxed with the middle parting,” Lee Radley, creative style director at Nicky Clarke, tells PEOPLE of the long center-parted style she debuted earlier this week. “There’s almost a boho, hippie chic look going on.”

But Radley doesn’t foresee her pulling a Jennifer Lawrence and making a major chop anytime soon. “I don’t think she would ever cut her hair short. I think William likes her hair long,” he shares. “It’s her crowning glory. So many people say to me ‘Wow, she’s got great hair.’ I just think she is a long-haired kind of girl.”

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Should Radley ever get his hands on the planet’s most coveted head of hair, he already has a plan of attack: “I think she would look great with some more layers to make the most of the waves she has got in her hair, and to make it a little more sultry whilst still bring refined enough for a royal,” he says. “I would give her long sweeping bangs and some long layers, along the lines of Jennifer Lopez. I think that would work really well for her, with the layers. It’s a lot more versatile. It’s a softer look.”

On the other end of the spectrum, London hairdresser Andrew Barton thinks the royal mum (so to speak) should contemplate a cut. “Kate’s hair always looks fab, but if she were to opt for a shorter cut, a mid-length shape around shoulder length would be stylish and sassy and have more of a fashion edge,” Barton tells PEOPLE. “Her long locks, although healthy and shiny, can often look windblown for formal occasions.”

What’s your take on Kate’s hair? Should she go short? Do you like her latest look?

–Brittany Talarico, reporting by Monique Jessen

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Poulette on

She looks like William.s Aunt Anne…..

theladybugadventures on

seriously, we’re discussing a part in somebody’s hair?

Lyn on

She has beautiful hair and should keep it long, but the center part is not flattering.


The center part adds at least 10 years to her face. She needs to go back to the side part. Cutting her hair would be nice too, a lot of women are doing that now.

Halley on

I dont think the center part is as flattering on her. Also, in this picture, it looks like she needs to get her roots done!

BootzieGurl on

Not liking the center part, I agree with others it makes her look old and it covers her face to much. And there’s something going on with the colour that’s not working either almost looks greenish. For Kate being a royal pretty much sucks, she’s always going to be under a microscope for what she wears to how her hair is, so for her she has to do little changes that are not as noticeable and go with the feedback she hears whispering behind her or as in their world what the media backlash is lol. Soon she will figure out not to worry what others think and just do what she feels and likes!!

Mom on

She might be experiencing hair loss at her temple from having Prince George…some of us lose quite a bit and the centre part hides the patchy parts! I think she’s beautiful!

lynette on

Maybe she changed her hair because it was falling out due to post partum pregnancy hormones. Giver her a break!

ilexilac on

As others have noted, if she’s nursing Prince George, she may be losing some hair at the temples, so a middle part would be a good way to hide that. Several new moms I know got bangs to hide the hair loss.

KRN on

IT’s so refreshing every time I read about Kate, even if it’s something so simple as her changing hair styles. She’s so classy!

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