Kate's Next Best Tresses: London Hair Pros Weigh In

11/12/2013 at 01:17 PM ET

Kate Middleton HairLondon News Pictures/Rex USA

When Duchess Catherine changes up her hair even the slightest bit, we have to investigate. After sporting side-parted waves for years, she recently switched to a center part (left), which had folks buzzing. So we reached out to London stylists to weigh in on the latest look — and what should come next.

“It looks like her hair has become a lot more informal, more relaxed with the middle parting,” Lee Radley, creative style director at Nicky Clarke, tells PEOPLE of the long center-parted style she debuted earlier this week. “There’s almost a boho, hippie chic look going on.”

But Radley doesn’t foresee her pulling a Jennifer Lawrence and making a major chop anytime soon. “I don’t think she would ever cut her hair short. I think William likes her hair long,” he shares. “It’s her crowning glory. So many people say to me ‘Wow, she’s got great hair.’ I just think she is a long-haired kind of girl.”

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Should Radley ever get his hands on the planet’s most coveted head of hair, he already has a plan of attack: “I think she would look great with some more layers to make the most of the waves she has got in her hair, and to make it a little more sultry whilst still bring refined enough for a royal,” he says. “I would give her long sweeping bangs and some long layers, along the lines of Jennifer Lopez. I think that would work really well for her, with the layers. It’s a lot more versatile. It’s a softer look.”

On the other end of the spectrum, London hairdresser Andrew Barton thinks the royal mum (so to speak) should contemplate a cut. “Kate’s hair always looks fab, but if she were to opt for a shorter cut, a mid-length shape around shoulder length would be stylish and sassy and have more of a fashion edge,” Barton tells PEOPLE. “Her long locks, although healthy and shiny, can often look windblown for formal occasions.”

What’s your take on Kate’s hair? Should she go short? Do you like her latest look?

–Brittany Talarico, reporting by Monique Jessen

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Teknosbeka on

Keep it long! She has beautiful hair, it would be a shame to go butch.

Jane on

Keep it long…gorgeous hair!

carol on

I do not like the center part…..it is not becoming to her face.

Dawn on

I like it long and side parted.

Marcia on

I think the side part is better for her age and being the future queen! She still looks pretty but it’s a bit too unsophisticated for her.

Audrey on

I agree with the last guy they interviewed. While I’d hate for her her to cut it super short, I don’t think it would be a bad idea to cut a few inches off to freshen up the shape. I agree that it’s tough for her not to always look windblown in photos — and the side part is def more becoming than the middle part.

Of course, it’s her head of hair — and she should do whatever she likes with it!

Yvonne on

This photo makes it look like her hair is gray right in the parted area. I’m thinking her hair looks better parted at the side instead.

S on

I prefer the side part better

carol lange on

i think she looks older with the center part,i do not care for her hair choices of late girly curls?Time to make a change.

Tina on

Honestly, I hadn’t noticed where she parted her hair. But looking at this picture, I would go for the side part.

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