Taking a few inches off her normally long hair, the Duchess of Cambridge's new mid-length cut is a subtle yet stylish switch-up for Kate.

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We asked hair-stylist and Viviscal Ambassador Philippe Tholimet for the low-down on Kate’s new look and how you can copy it for yourself:

What do you think of Kate’s cut? Does it suit her?

“The haircut has one length cut at the back with long graduated layers at the front,” Philippe says.

“The hair is then blow-dried with volume and then set with tongs to create a loose wave at the bottom. It suits Kate but a much shorter style would make her look younger and also more individual and unique.”

What face shape does a mid-length usually suit?

“A mid-length cut is a great universal choice as it would suit any face shape. It’s a popular choice with women as its flattering, low-maintenance and versatile,” Philippe explains.

“What the hairstylist will need to make work with the face is creating layers or not and where the parting will sit. The rounder the face is the more layers you will need to create trying to elongate the face.”

What are the benefits of opting for a shorter style?

“Having a significant amount chopped off the length will get rid of split ends and cut dry unhealthy bits,” he advises.

“Long hair can look stringy and thinner at the ends, a shorter cut will make hair look thicker and fuller. Some people say if you do it on a full moon the hair will grow fuller and faster.”

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How you should style mid-length hair to make it look full?

Philippe suggests a few options: “It’s best to apply a thickening lotion or serum before blow-drying using a large round brush. Pull hair away from the scalp and not blow-dry it flat against your head. Put rollers in and let your hair cool down and then brush it out.

"This will make the hair look fuller," he adds.