Kate Middleton's brunette hair goes more sun-kissed for summer

As the days get sunnier and longer, we naturally look forward to embracing the lighter, fresher side of beauty. Think bronzed limbs, a glossier take on make-up and perhaps even a colour change to revive tired hair. Just ask the Princess of Wales Kate Middleton, who's been quietly transitioning her signature rich cocoa lengths into something a touch lighter within the past few weeks with subtle highlights.

While celebrities are no stranger to switching their hair from one dramatic tone to another and back again, the princess' slowly-but-steady approach to tweaking her colour is a much more accessible way of playing with your style without committing to an entirely new shade.

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kate middleton hair highlights
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Kate's low-key sun-kissed brunette makes an uplifting impact despite its subtlety. There's the gentlest whisper of lightness that's woven evenly throughout her strands to give the dark chocolate tone a halo of soft luminosity, which lends a brightening effect to the complexion.

Considering Kate's penchant for a vibrant summer wardrobe – think rosy pinks, sky blues and sunflower yellows – the softer brunette is a perfect accompaniment to let the colours sing.

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Deep brunettes will fare well with highlights a la Kate for the summer (even Angelina Jolie's been spotted with significantly lighter strands) but conversely, for blondes who are keen to go darker in the warmer months without obliterating the golden undertones of their colour, the on-trend 'bronzed blonde' is a great place to start.

Described as a "subtle, natural-looking base blended with a pop of sun-kissed spotlights around the face" by leading colourist Amy Fish at Larry King salon, the bronzed blonde is a low-maintenance way to try a richer hue this season.

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