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Royal hair wars: How to blow dry your hair like a Duchess

Whose is bigger and better? The Duchess of Cambridge and Sussex compete in the battle for the perfect power blow dry 
Whose is bigger and better? The Duchess of Cambridge and Sussex compete in the battle for the perfect power blow dry  Credit: GC images / Wireimage

It's anticipated that The Duchess of Cambridge and Sussex will reunite this weekend at the Remembrance Day events. While many will be examining their body language, my eyes will be watching their 'hair language.' As both Kate and Meghan's hair is growing bigger and bouncier by the day, it's proof (in my mind at least) that glossy, expensive-looking hair is a surefire way to outwardly show the world who's boss. Who's winning? The jury's still out (check back in next week).

The Royals have done big hair from the beginning. Certainly, Her Majesty the Queen knows a thing or two about how a decent amount of root-lift bestows an air of power. But the rest of us have been shunning big blow-dry's ever since they became, dare I say, a bit naff (which in my estimation was roughly ten years ago). Of course it was only a matter of time before big hair made its comeback, and this time it's the Royals that are putting it back on the fashion map.

While you may argue that Kate and Meghan can easily afford the time and money for a weekly blow-out  in actual fact, we ordinary folk are increasingly booking in for salon blow-dry's, even in these Brexit-plagued times.

'Women don't have as much money to buy expensive clothes as they once did, but by getting their hair professionally blow-dried, they retain that expensive glossy look - and a good blow dry will last you all week,' explains celebrity hair stylist, Ivan Ferreira from Ivan's Hair Studio. He adds, 'A classic blow dry is like ironing a shirt, the heat seals the cuticle for a polished long-lasting look.' 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is letting her hair do the talking  Credit: Mark Cuthbert /UK Press

Even so, if you're busy (aren't we all?) it is worth knowing how to get a power blow dry at home as once you learn the tricks of the trade you can pull a Duchess Cambridge/Sussex at a moment's notice.

These are the five steps to a power blow-dry according to Ivan Ferreira, hair stylist to London's rich and famous. 

Step one: double shampoo

'The most important thing in achieving a bouncy blow-dry is to wash your hair properly to remove all product build up, which will only weigh hair down.' He adds, 'always double shampoo and rinse extremely well, then apply conditioner to the ends only. This is the foundation to a good blow dry and is what makes the hair fluid and modern looking,' explains Ivan.  

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has the bounce needed for a polished power blow-dry  Credit: WPA Pool/Getty 

Step two: towel dry and spray 

'Rough dry hair first to get the majority of water out, then spray with a setting spray. I like Wella Professionals Perfect Setting Spray as I haven't found anything better for the price - it's extremely light and doesn't make the hair look greasy,' advises Ivan. If you've got very fine hair you may wish to skip a setting spray. 

Wella Perfect Setting £11.10 (lookfantastic.com)

Step three: blow dry in sections - with two different brushes

'Always blow dry from root to tip by putting tension on the hair with your brush,' suggests Ivan. 'For the best results use two different sized brushes with natural bristles; a larger one for the body of hair and a smaller one for around the hair line to catch the tiny baby hairs that a bigger brush won't pick up - this kind of attention to detail is what gives celebrities and Royals the edge,' adds Ivan who suggests investing in Mira brushes for the best finish.

As for heat and speed, make sure to adjust these depending on your hair type. 'For fine hair use a medium heat and fast speed setting, for bleached hair use a medium heat and low speed, and for coarse hair a fast speed setting with a high heat is needed - but never allow the nozzle to touch the hair otherwise you will burn and damage the cuticle. Your hairdryer should hover just above,' explains Ivan.

Mira Italian brushes are the best for blow-drying says Ivan Ferreira 

Step four: roll and spray 

'The only way to get a bouncy blow dry like the Duchess of Cambridge and Sussex is to use rollers,' insists Ivan. 'Blow dry one section of hair, then roll it and keep it in place with a section clip - repeat until you've sectioned your whole head,' explains Ivan.

Princess Beatrice in rollers backstage before the start of the Fashion for Relief show in London

He suggests using aluminium section clips as they won't leave a mark in the hair and roll each section backwards - except for the front section, which should be rolled forwards. 'When you take out the front section of rollers and brush it back in the opposite direction, it will create more volume around the face,' adds Ivan. If you have fine hair, he suggests spraying each section with a light hairspray before you roll each section to give your hair a little grip. 

Boots medium velcro rollers £4 

Step five: brush and go 

Once all of your hair is rolled in sections with velcro rollers, use a light hair spray to smooth flyaways and static. 'Spray all over with a light hairspray before do your make-up and get dressed. Then just before you leave, gently pull out each roller and brush through.' How do you ensure hair won't be stiff or sticky? 'It's all about using as few products as possible these days. Many women don't like any styling products in their hair, it all depends on how fine or coarse your hair is - you know it best. For most of my clients, Oribe Impermeable Anti-humidity Spray tends to work best because it's super light and non greasy,' recommends Ivan.  

Oribe Anti-humidity Spray £19, 75ml (spacenk.com)