Kate Middleton’s new straight hair is a shining example of how to wear the best style of 2022

Hair trends come and go, but the bouncy blow-dry hasn’t really gone out of style, which is especially true if you’re Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge has long favored bouncy curls and smooth waves, but now, stepping away from her hairstyle of choice, she has just debuted a shiny, straight look for her first outing in Copenhagen, Denmark. Very Y2K (year 2000, for those unfamiliar with TikTok slang).

Kate, however, changed the trend to suit a duchess rather than an early 2000s model. Although she kept the roots and mid-lengths of her hair shiny and perfectly straight, she gave the ends a curl subtle. It gives extra dimension and movement to her hair, creating the illusion of extra body and thickness. Clever.

Kate opted for a stylish new hair look during her solo trip to Copenhagen, Denmark

Kate looks very chic with freshly styled shiny locks
Kate looks very chic with freshly styled shiny locks

While we can only speculate how Kate might have created this style, or even how a hairstylist might have done it, Syd Hayes, celebrity hairstylist and BaByliss ambassador, says this type of look is incredibly simple to recreate with a hot brush.

Since Kate is currently traveling in Denmark, we wonder if she chose to pack a very portable cordless device like the BaByliss 900 cordless hot brush, £180 here. The style could also be created with a standard ceramic hair straightener. All you have to do is straighten the hair completely, then lightly twist the tool over the ends of the hair to give the slight lift that Kate is shaping.

So the real question, is straight hair back in style? It appears like this…

“A big 2022 trend for me has to be super chic, long, straight, sleek, shiny hair – it’s all about length but also shiny, healthy-looking hair,” says Syd.

Hair expert Syd Hayes says
Hair expert Syd Hayes says ‘ultra chic and long’ straight hair is a top 2022 style

“There’s a feeling of power and sophistication that comes with straight hair, whether it’s straight and with a center parting, a side parting with a wet look or short and sleek. I also think we’re still seeing great moments for straight hair because it’s something that can easily be adapted or translated by the consumer – as long as you have the tool, the rest is up to you.

“I like to press down on the hair gently rather than firmly holding the straightener and sliding it around – that way you don’t lose any of the shine.”

So there you have it, bye bye brushings (for now).

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