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While attending the Royal Variety Performance at London's Royal Albert Hall on Thursday evening, the Duchess of Cambridge dazzled, as ever, in an emerald floor-length sequined Jenny Packham dress. But while her ensemble has been seen before, her hairstyle is brand new.
Gone was Kate's familiar smoothed-out blow dry and instead, she opted for a glossier version of her natural curls which we haven't seen much of since the early days when Kate and William were courting.
Following the trend for embracing one's original texture, the Duchess of Cambridge wore her loose ringlets swept over to one side with a deep, side part, which was both modern and elegant.
A fresh style departure from her usual polished hair style, Kate's tightly bound waves are the perfect style to copy this party season.
Kelly May, artistic director at Amazon Salon and Neville Hair and Beauty explains how to replicate The Duchess of Cambridge's glossy curls at home - even if you don't already possess Kate's wavy texture.
Step one: cleanse away impurities for a blank canvas
To create the look, Kelly points out you should always start with a good, clarifying shampoo to ensure dirt and residue is removed, which will help with the styling process. Follow this up by conditioning and combing the hair through.
Step two: add root lift
Next, use a volumising root mist (we love L'Oréal Professionnel's TECNI.ART Volume Lift Mousse Spray) to give the hair extra body and apply a leave in conditioner, again on the mid-lengths, to detangle, and then rough dry your hair. Create some lift at the roots, by applying velcro rollers to the top sections of your hair (from your hair line to your crown), or blow dry with a round brush and hair dyer (thicker hair types will benefit from the latter).
Step three: tong to enhance curls
Then working on your loose dry hair, section it with section clips, apply a few spritzes of heat protection and begin tonging the hair away from the face one section at a time, using a salon-quality styling tool like Ghd Curve® Classic Curl Tong. Wrap the hair around the tong and hold the hair in place, making sure you don't clamp the hair down to avoid indentations. A key to creating Kate's look is to ensure you alternate the direction in which you tong the hair, this will also work to add volume to the look.
Step four: part, spray and part
Finally, remove your rollers, and tong the mid-length and ends of each section. Apply a generous mist of hair spray and allow the hair to cool before brushing it out with a wide tooth comb. In keeping with Kate's look, ensure you give yourself a deep side parting, and keep things looking neat by smoothing over the top of your parted hair with a dual bristle brush like the Cloud Nine Luxury Boar Bristle Paddle Brush, which provides ample sleekness. Finish off by sweeping all your hair over one shoulder. Job done.