Duchess Catherine's hairstylist Richard Ward spills Royal Wedding secrets
Richard Ward, the man they call ‘Golden Scissors’, has a three month wait list at his Chelsea, London salon and is always in demand thanks to a stellar following, including Poppy Delevigne, Liz Hurley, Little Mix and the big one … Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
We chatted about his Royal Wedding duties and discussed the world’s most loved and luscious locks, as well as grilled him for his best tips.
So... Duchess Catherine!
We looked after her and the whole family for the royal wedding. It was absolutely incredible, probably the best day of my life. If my wife heard me say that, I mean obviously I’ve got two children and they clearly have to come first, but it was the best day of my career. There were 10 of us at the hotel looking after the whole family and the whole wedding party. We had been looking after and known the Middletons before that, so it wasn’t like we got a phone call out of the blue to say ‘hey would you come and do the hair?’ they were already clients anyway.
Were you nervous?
You don’t just turn up on the day to do it, like with any bride you have practice sessions. I used to practice it on my PA in the office who also happened to have long hair. But you are still unbelievably nervous. The thing that made me nervous as much as anything was all those millions of hairdressers all over the world having a look at her hair with a critical eye, I needed to make sure that I did it properly and that it lasted.
Were there any problems on the big day?
No, absolutely none. I had practiced it so much. It was incredible, it went really smoothly. But it was very nerve wracking, it really was.
Do you get asked to recreate the look?
All the time. That is the style that people with long hair want. It’s the fact that it’s beautiful and glossy and shiny.
How does Kate keep it in such glossy condition?
If you want to keep your hair in good condition and to look like that, you need to blow dry it in the right way you need to treat it properly, condition it well, and you need to have the ends cut off regularly.
How can women get her look at home?
If you want to create a glossy blow dry, you need to be drying your hair from 80% wet, and you need to use a real bold bristle brush with a nozzle on the end of your hair dryer.
What’s your favourite style you’ve created on Kate?
There’s a shot of her going to an event at the Albert hall, she’s in a green dress and I’ve put her hair up, it’s slightly plaited at the back.
Any styles you’ve not liked on her?
Not really, considering me and my team are always the ones that do it!
Is there anything that would surprise us to know about Kate?
No there isn’t really anything. Everything that you see is what she is, really. We chat away, I’ve known her a long time. We have a good chat, she’s really good to talk to.
Who is your favourite celebrity to work with?
One of my favourites is Liz Hurley because she’s got such a great sense of humour. She’s great, she’s very very funny. Perhaps not the most glamorous, but I also like, Bear Grylls, he’s good fun. He doesn’t sit there eating spiders, but he’s great.
What are your tips for women going to the salon?
The most important thing is, if you go into a hairdresser and they don’t give you a consultation and just sit you down at the basin backwash, get up and walk out. You need to have a proper consultation. You need the hair dresser to show you a picture of what they have in mind. It’s always a good idea for you to bring a picture in, not to tell the hairdresser what to do, but so you both have some sort of starting point. So many styles go wrong because of communication. In other words, my idea of short, and your idea of short are two completely different things. If you have your hair coloured for example, I always say do you want to whisper, shout or scream?
Do you have a good relationship with your hairstylist?