We've always been envious of Kate Middleton’s bouncy blow-dry but during her final appearance before the birth of her second child, we were more envious than usual, with the duchess’ hair looking even more defined and voluminous. We turned to hairstylist Anthony Nader from RAW Anthony Nader in Sydney’s Surry Hills to find out how to get the look...
Step 1: “You need to encourage volume and bounce in your blow-dry so plump up your stands with a volumising shampoo and conditioner,” says Nader. After washing your hair, dry it off with a towel then use a ceramic hairdryer, such as the Parlux 385 Power Light Ceramic and Ionic Hairdryer ($229.95; at i-glamour.com.au), to remove excess moisture but make sure your hair is still a little damp. Use a tail comb to create your desired part.
Step 2: “Take a tennis-ball sized dollop of volumising mousse and rake it through from root to tip,” says Nader. Try Moroccanoil Volumising Mousse ($55; at adorebeauty.com.au). “Next, divide your hair into four equal sections from ear-to-ear and the centre of the forehead to the nape of the neck.” If your hair is thick, divide each of those sections into two-inch sections.
Step 3: Take your first section and use a medium-sized round bristle brush and hairdryer to blow-dry the hair, directing it from the roots in a diagonal and upwards motion. “Blow-drying the hair in diagonal sections is vital—this will create movement and fluidity in your hairstyle so that the hair tumbles away from your face,” explains Nader. Once dry, wrap the hair around your brush, rolling it towards the scalp and then hold the brush in place until the hair has cooled. Repeat with the next section; to save time, use a second brush.
Step 4: Use a paddle brush to brush out your waves and lightly mist the roots and ends with hairspray, such as L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Normal Strength ($10; at priceline.com.au), for definition and hold.