Kate Middleton’s long, shiny hair is one of her style trademarks, and she was universally praised for wearing it down on her wedding day instead of in some tortured updo. While it looked chic and almost effortless, a lot of practice actually went into that hairstyle.
The tool of choice? A plastic tiara that the team at the Richard Ward salon in London bought at Claire’s Accessories. It cost £6.50, which is about $10. According to the Telegraph, they picked up the tiara, taped up some windows in a back office so no one could spy on them, and practiced on a personal assistant.
The Middletons’ long-time hairdresser, James Pryce, also shared the secret for how they fastened the real tiara. After watching footage of Princess Di fidgeting with her wiggly tiara at her wedding, the salon came up with a unique method of tiara securement. Pryce said, “We backcombed the top to create a foundation for the tiara to sit around, then did a tiny plait in the middle and sewed it on. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.” So future princesses take note, that’s the secret—sew your tiara onto your hair.
Richard Ward, the salon’s owner, praised the Duchess of Cambridge for remaining calm and poised on the morning of the wedding. In fact, it sounds like she may have been the only one in the salon who had any sort of composure. He told the Telegraph, “She was amazing, keeping us calm if anything. And she cared how we were coping, constantly giving us confidence. It was fantastic.” (Does anyone else have this vision of a bunch of fainting hair stylists and the use of smelling salts?)
Another day, another royal wedding detail revealed. Here’s hoping more details of the royal wedding come out soon. The type of toothpaste Kate used? How many times she re-applied her lipstick? We want to know everything!