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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Sarah_TO on

I don’t like the middle part in general.
I agree with cutting it, some. Not super short.
It’s boring. She has it styled pretty much the same way all the time.

JM on

I like her hair longer – but I agree with the stylist in this column. She should add some long layers – it would make it more current. I don’t care for the ringlets she has at times. I think she is in a bit of a style rut. I really like it when she pulls it into a ponytail – but she rarely does that.

Amanda on

I think she is a new mom that is extremely busy and, like a lot of us other moms, considers it an accomplishment if we can get out of the house with our hair brushed or combed. Hardly news worthy. She is stunning either way.

Guest on

She is beautiful, but looks so old for her age.

Jennifer A. on

How someone parts their hair makes news??? I just clicked on the article to say that. Seriously this is silly even for a style section.

ann kramer on

she needs to go back to long layers , soft around her face. Darker in color, don’t like the highlights. She can do lots of different low lights for depth. Her engagement pictures in the blue dress, her hair looks wonderful then. It has gotten a little too long for her age. Side part for sure. Corkscrew curls horrible not for her or her position. Whoever is guiding her in that direction is so wrong. If she is getting a lot of grey she will just have to touch up more often. Her look had been way off lately. She is so gorgeous, hope we don’t see anymore of a “new look”

APPLEPIE on

Oooookay….Time to clip the mop..everyone is going short…She would look amazing in a pixie….

Connie` on

I would love to see her with a few inches cut off and a fresh new look. But that’s just me and she will do what she likes and she will look beautiful no matter what.

Guest on

When you have a baby, at about 3-4 months post partum your hair beings to fall out. For some women, this can cause bald spots. For me personally, I had to change from a right sided part to a left because I had a lot of hair fall out on the right side and needed to cover it up.
My guess would be she switched her part to cover up some hair loss. The hair does slowly grow back though so I’m sure her old hair style will come back in a few months.

SoNotHollywood on

IMO another British Kate, Kate Beckinsale, has the best head of hair. Just my personal preference.

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