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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GL on

I prefer a side part on her.

Angie on

I think the middle part makes her look really old. She’s thirty, but she looks like she’s in her early to mid 40s. And she usually looks a couple years younger. The side part is everyone’s friend.

Angie on

I think the middle part ages her. She’s in her early 30s, but in the picture, she looks like she’s in her mid 40s. And usually, she looks a couple years younger than her actual age. The side part is every girl’s best friend. Also, she shouldn’t cut her hair short. She doesn’t have the face for it.

Emmy on


Unknown on


Who cares is Kate wear her hair parted in the middle and who cares if she’s got some gray hairs MOST PEOPLE DO!


Amie on

It is her hair, leave her be!

Ruby on

Nauseating to say the least. Its the least attractive hairstyle I’ve seen her in so far. Her hair is way too long and it looks heavy. A side part or bangs would do so much more for her face.

Debbie on

Love her hair. It’s her eye makeup that needs some work.

ELC on

Oh my goodness what did she do to herself. I definitely do not like this new look. I agree with Radley that either she has a side part or bangs. The middle part thingy doesn’t make her look anything too attractive. This is he worse look yet.

Stephanie on

The side part suits her much better. I suspect that as she ages, it will be further and further to the side as the greys sneak in. A middle part is so harsh and the greys will only increase. This little experiment with the middle will probably end soon. :)

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