Kate Middleton now has blonde highlights—also known as “babylights”—and they are perfect for any and all brunettes looking to go a little lighter with their hair color.
Perky ponytails, elegant updos, sleek and straight, blown-out curls: The Princess of Wales, or Kate Middleton, surprises us again and again with ways to embrace different hairstyles while still maintaining royal protocol. It’s why “Kate Middleton hairstyle” has become such a popular Google search term as a source of inspiration. But even though she may change the way she wears her hair, the royal has been pretty faithful to the cut and color of her hair for years and rarely changes them.
So it was all the more surprising when she stepped out recently with subtle blonde highlights, which perfectly match her long brunette hair.
There is a strict etiquette in the royal family when it comes to beauty matters. The late Queen Elizabeth II is said to have once commented on “vulgar” colored nail polish, saying that nude-colored polish was preferable for all occasions, and Kate Middleton recently “broke” the rules just by wearing red nail polish.
It seems the Princess of Wales and future queen may also be daring to try out new colors for her hair now too. Up until recently, she was still seen at many events with a monochrome brown:
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But at the Charity Polo Cup in mid-July, Kate Middleton showed up with significantly lighter hair and blonde highlights. The exciting thing about this: Her face was framed very fine highlights, so-called “babylights.” According to experts, many people use this face-framing trick to subtly make themselves a little blonder without changing too much of the overall color. It’s also gentler on the hair.