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Queen Elizabeth II

We join the nation in mourning as we grieve the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. A kind soul with a great sense of humour – how can we forget her conversation with Paddington Bear? It feels as if we’ve lost the nation’s grandmother as well as our Queen. Loyal to her country for a record-breaking 70 years! She was equally loyal to her iconic hairstyle, which remained somewhat unchanged throughout her reign.

The Elizabethan era

When you look at the winding pattern of Queen Elizabeth’s signature shampoo and set, it’s very much symmetrical. Whatever angle the camera captured her, her hair remained consistent. It wasn’t just for photographic purposes, her hair was consistently styled as a suitable base for the hats and crowns she regularly wore.
Her iconic shampoo and set became a must-have for some clients. At some point in your career, you’ve probably had a client asking for the ‘Queen’s hair style’…. Are we wrong?

The Colour transition

Something the Queen did exceptionally well was her transition from her brunette hair to grey. She is believed to have stopped colouring her hair in the early 90’s and it wasn’t too long until her hair was 100% white.

So, why no change?

Over her 70 year reign, of course trends evolved, but the Queen’s hair remained her symbol of recognition. When out and about on Royal duties the nation desired to be able to say “I saw the Queen!” By keeping her hair in the same style she became instantly recognisable – it’s also why she wore bright colours – wherever she went the crowds were deep and her symbols of recognition helped more people to capture a glimpse as she went by.
Week’s after her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the media went wild when the Queen was spotted with a noticeably shorter haircut. Whilst the way her hair was styled remained unchanged; a shorter haircut certainly impressed the public – who were cooing over the new look.
A true icon.
May she Rest In Peace – Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

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