Stylist knew ‘hairs’ to throne

Hair­dresser got medal for keep­ing her ‘mouth shut’

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As hair­dresser to the Royal fam­ily, Denise McAdam was re­quired to be the model of dis­cre­tion.

As she puts it, she was awarded the Royal Vic­to­rian Medal by the Queen in 2010 “for 35 years of keep­ing my mouth shut.”

But with her royal gig over and a tele­vi­sion ca­reer to pro­mote, McAdam has de­cided it is time for a lit­tle gos­sip.

In a new in­ter­view, she de­scribes Kather­ine, Duchess of Cam­bridge, as look­ing “a lit­tle over­done” and Princess Anne as the most fear­some mem­ber of the Royal fam­ily.

Mean­while, she teases that she could write “a bril­liant book” about pri­vate in­for­ma­tion she has been told by the Duke of Cam­bridge and Prince Harry.

Speak­ing to Ra­dio Times, McAdam said: “Princess Anne was the scary one, par­tic­u­larly when I was young.”

Re­fer­ring to the hair­style she gave to the Princess, she said: “It was a sim­ple up-do, so I just used to go in, close my eyes and do it as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

McAdam, 55, de­scribed her­self as “a good friend of the Duchess of Cam­bridge.”

How­ever, she was qual­i­fied in her praise for the Duchess’s flow­ing locks. “I think her hair is won­der­ful, maybe a lit­tle over­done at times,” she said, adding: “But she al­ways looks lovely.”

She went on: “I’ve heard some very good sto­ries from my clients over the years. I could write a bril­liant book. There are things that Wil­liam and Harry have told me. But you have to be dis­creet. That’s why the Queen awarded me the Royal Vic­to­rian Medal — it was for 35 years of keep­ing my mouth shut.

“When I got the award, I had a hand­writ­ten let­ter from ev­ery mem­ber of the Royal fam­ily. Even the Queen said, ‘Oh, that’s a very long time you’ve been work­ing for us.’ It was a great hon­our.”

McAdam has signed up for a new BBC show, Hair, which is pitched as a Great Bri­tish Bake Off-style con­test for hair­dressers.

She had her first brush with high so­ci­ety in 1976 work­ing at Green’s Sa­lon in Ed­in­burgh. Princess Grace of Monaco was in town to at­tend the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val and came to the sa­lon.

McAdam said she had no idea who her client was. “The next day my boss said, ‘Well, ob­vi­ously the princess was happy be­cause she’s com­ing back for a blow dry.’ I said, ‘What? A princess? A su­per­star as big as Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe?’ Af­ter that I ended up ded­i­cat­ing most of my ca­reer to royal women and their hair.”

McAdam’s big­gest mo­ment came in 1986 when she styled the Duchess of York’s hair for her wed­ding to the Duke of York.

The duchess re­mains “a great friend” de­spite her fond­ness for “putting bloody flags in her hair.”

In her BBC se­ries, McAdam is joined as a judge by David Beck­ham’s hair stylist, Alain Pi­chon.

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A for­mer royal hair­dresser says the Duchess of Cam­bridge’s hair can be “a lit­tle over­done.”

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