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Kate Middleton completely stole the show at Wimbledon this week when she debuted a brand new do. 

Gone are the lengthy brunette tresses, and in their place is a stylish, lighter summer hair style. 


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The stunning Duchess is giving us all kinds of hair inspiration to see out the summer, and her shorter but not quite lob-length hair is low-maintenance perfection. 

While it's definitely not a dramatic change, the slightly lighter look adds a summery edge to her tresses.

The shorter, but still versatile, length makes this look perfect for those who like the option of still having enough length to play around with different styles, without the mega-maintenance of Rapunzel locks. 


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If you're heading to the hairdressers, picture of Kate in hand, make sure you ask for a long bob with an inch or two of extra length, cut with minimal layering for a full-bodied result. 

As for brunettes looking to add a sun-kissed touch to their hair, request some very subtle, sparse highlights, with most centred around the front of the face. 

If you want to channel Kate's hair style at home, grab the straighteners or curling iron and create around four big, loose curls in the hair, directing the curl spiral away from the face. 

Make sure you use a heat protection spray ahead of hear styling, and then separate the loose curls even more with your fingers. 

Finish with a spritz of hair spray for the ideal curly blow dry look, just like Kate's. 



After getting a cut and colour treatment at your hairdressers, the next obvious step is to pay and tip them, but women often panic about how much of a tip they should give.

And WHO should they tip? The woman that washed your hair or the stylist that cut your do'?

To clear things up once and for all, InStyle asked pro hairstylists to tell us all about the intricacies of tipping at the salon, and exactly who should get one.

For starters, 20 percent of the price of any service is considered pretty standard as far as how much to tip your stylist, but you should also remember to include all of the people involved in the process.

"All the assistants are there in training to be stylists, and at many places, a lot are working at minimum wage, so anywhere from €2 to €5 is perfect," said top stylist Eva Michelle.

And what if the stylist giving you your cut and colour is the owner of the salon? 

"It's definitely not expected, but it's appreciated, and we're always grateful."

"Taking myself as a salon owner out of this, if I go somewhere and I have a really good service I'm satisfied with, I want to tip the person and let them know they're appreciated." 

But what about if you get your hair done on a discounted price or promotion?

"That's another tricky one, but with promotions and discounts, the goal is to get them to come back for other services, so it's okay if you don't get the full tip. That's part of the deal."



In America, if you asked people if they felt they had to tip their hairdresser, you would be met with a resounding ‘yes’. In Ireland though, it’s not such a clear cut case.

We asked you, our loyal followers, whether or not you tip when you go to get your hair done, and it looks as though you’re a generous bunch as 84% of you said yes. But how much?

Most respondents said anything between €2 and €5 – but after speaking to hairdressers themselves, it looks as though Dublin hairdressers are more inclined to expect a tip, and a bigger one too, than their country counterparts.  

Hairdressers from Therapie Hair Couture said that they would usually receive a tip of about €10 from regular customers or €5 from newbies; a figure which split our office down the middle in terms of whether or not we felt €10 was too much. However, this did seem to be more than what other Dublin city hairdressers would expect. Apparently the majority of customers in Peter Marks, St. Stephen’s Green tip about €5, and another well-known city hairdresser said that they also expect to be tipped about €5 – not as much as what Therapie hairdressers are used to, but still more than their country counterparts.

Diva Hair Salon in Prosperous, Co. Kildare would usually get a tip of about 10% of the overall cost – which could work out to be a little or a lot depending on what you’re getting done – but Martin from Eden Hairdressing in Co. Waterford said that he never expects a tip and finds it embarrassing when people do it. He is a firm believer that if you’re paying money for a service, then you don’t need to add anything extra to the overall cost. However, he said customers usually round up the cost to include a tip, so if they spent €78 on a new do, they would give their hairdresser an even €80.

Another hairdresser from Co. Carlow said that only regular customers tip, and usually only one or two euro. Staff from hairdressing salon in Naas said the same.

So it looks as though people who don’t live in Dublin get a better deal when it comes to getting their locks tended to. Overall, if you’re unsure about how much money to give, between €2 and €5 is a safe amount for country gals, but nothing less than a fiver for city slickers!

At last, we know!




Not all hairdressers are like this, of course, but I think we’ve all been to couple of these.