Kate Middleton just chopped her hair short. She debuted her new haircut at an official engagement with her husband Prince William for ICAP Charity Day on Thursday. Her longtime stylist Richard Ward is responsible for the British royal’s new lob.

“It’s a practical style and a great option for a mom who has had long hair, who has a busy life and is short on time. It’s slightly more sophisticated but with all the benefits of long hair,” the hairdresser said. He owns the Richard Ward Salon at Sloane Square in London.

The hairstylist said that Kate’s new haircut was much easier to look after and took half the time to blow dry. Ward described the style as “sophisticated, versatile” and full of “bouncy glamour." He added that it still had the feeling of her long hair and had lost none of the sheen of her signature blowout, People reports.

The hairstylist who has been styling the Middletons for over 12 years said that the 33-year-old royal’s hair now had become more bouncy because of the long layers and shorter length. Kate has been visiting the same salon since her university days, while her mom Carole Middleton also visits Ward. He gave a few tips about the hairstyle telling that it needed cutting every six to eight weeks.

Ward said that Kate’s shorter hairstyle also required to be kept in good condition with good quality shampoos and masques. The hairdresser, who is currently in Australia promoting his Tangle Angel brushes, added that the mid-length style was easy to maintain.

Her long side swept fringe was also suggested byWard. She debuted the fringe in May on her way to church after the birth of Princess Charlotte. The hairdresser is flooded with requests for the same hairstyle by his clients. He was positive that Kate’s new hairstyle will also find lots of takers among his clients, Harper’s Bazaar reports.

Ward was also the one jointly responsible (alongside his former employee James Pryce) for Kate’s famous wedding day demi-chignon.

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