Sophie, Countess of Wessex has had several hairstyles over the years. When she was in her 20s, she preferred the short, cropped style, usually popular with older women, as opposed to her current shoulder-length hair, which is more youthful.Express.co.uk spoke EXCLUSIVELY to hair expert Nicole Petty of Milk + Blush about the hairstyle choices Royal has made and the most youthful hairstyles.
Speaking of Sophie’s hair type, Nicole said: She has medium-thick, naturally straight hair that features layers and face-framing pieces that add dimension to her and complement her face shape.
When she was younger, Sophie chose short hairstyles like Princess Diana.
“The pixie cut was a major hair trend in the ’90s. The soft-edged haircut removed the roughness of Sophie’s jawline and covered part of her forehead to balance her facial features. The faint part on the front of the was removed.
“In the early ’90s, her short hair was a ‘blonde’ color with dark roots. The style had some highlights to brighten the top of her hair and plenty of volume around the top of her head.
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“Towards the end of the decade, Sophie grew her hair and settled on a longer pixie bob cut. It accentuated her beauty and gave her a youthful glow.
“Since then, Sophie has stuck with a sandy blonde, but has opted to keep her hair longer, sporting a rounded bob cut in the early 2000s and a medium-length lock from the 2010s to today. I calmed down.
About her current style, Nicole said: Highlights give her hair a natural lift and dimension.
“Her hair is of medium thickness, but she uses several layers to reduce weight and create shape, volume, movement and texture.
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“In particular, Sophie’s hair has short layers around her bangs that help frame her face and complement her angular chin and cheekbones.
“Sophie has a wide forehead, square but narrow chin, and sharp, angular features, so she parted her hair to the side and styled her bangs in a swoop to soften the roughness of her features and reduce her size. Balance. Face.”
Nicole also revealed which of Sophie’s hairstyles was the most youthful.
“Her angular jawline means she can fit in with her previously rounded bob again. This removes the illusion of length and weight from her face. Parting the hair to the side in this style softens the width of the forehead and draws attention away from the lines.
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“Sophie sometimes wears her hair in soft waves, which in a bob looks sophisticated yet youthful.”
The hair expert added:
“She likes the French twist, a classic hairstyle that never goes out of style.
“The second is the reverse ponytail, which adds texture and sophisticated style to the regular ponytail.
“Sophie was also seen on numerous occasions in a style most commonly known as a half-up half-down style, usually held in place by a decorative hair clip. It shows the royals penchant for the “girl next door” look and is very easy to copy by the general public as it suits most hair types and face shapes.
“And finally, royals began wearing low, classic chignons while on overseas assignments, with their hair pinned at the back of the head. It keeps the hair off your face and prevents frizz,” Nicole explained.
Sophie is also the only royal to opt for a side ponytail rather than a center ponytail. Royal families such as the Duchess have traditionally favored a center low or mid ponytail, so a Countess may choose a side ponytail instead to establish a more distinctive look while remaining regally sophisticated. .
“Also, this style is very complementary to Sophie’s features, as the low side ponytail makes Sophie look very elegant and makes the regular ponytail look more youthful.
“Plus, it’s the perfect hairstyle for less formal events or engagements she attends.”
According to Urban Dictionary, side ponytails were popular with girls in the late 1960s, and became popular again in the 1980s and 1990s.