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11 times Kate Middleton gave us wedding hair inspiration

Including her very own royal wedding, of course

Kate Middleton wedding hairstyles inspiration
Chloe Best
Lifestyle Features Editor
January 3, 2019
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1 Kate Middleton wedding hair© Photo: Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her long, glossy hair, which always looks healthy and styled to perfection. And while a bouncy blow dry has become Kate’s signature ‘do, she doesn’t shy away from trying new styles, from perfectly-preened chignons to braided updos, all of which are suitable for brides. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 11 of Kate’s best hairstyles that will give you some serious wedding hair inspiration and that you’ll be bookmarking to take to your hairdresser!

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Of course, we have to mention Kate’s very own wedding hairdo, which was created by her hairdresser James Pryce of Richard Ward salon, and featured a half-up style with loose curls that worked perfectly with her gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown. Scroll through the gallery for more inspiration…

2 Kate Middleton hair updo malaysia© Photo: Getty Images

This chic twisted updo, worn by Kate during a royal tour of Malaysia in 2012, is perfect for brides. The Duchess’ hair was smoothed back into a low chignon, but the twisted strands and beaded hair grips add an extra-special touch.

3 Kate Middleton braided updo© Photo: Getty Images

She may have worn this for an engagement on St Patrick’s Day, but we think this braided bun would make a beautiful wedding updo.

4 Kate Middleton braided chignon© Photo: Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge’s hair was styled into yet another chic updo as she attended the annual Remembrance Sunday service in 2018. The knotted French braid will take some effort to perfect, but it’s well worth the effort!

5 Kate Middleton hair down waves© Photo: Getty Images

If you’ve got gorgeous long hair like Kate, why not forgo an updo in favour of a bouncy blow dry? Relaxed, yet styled to perfection, moving your parting to one side and having a rich, glossy colour like Kate makes this a failsafe look.

6 Kate Middleton half up half down© Photo: Getty Images

Kate often wears her hair in a half-up, half-down style, but with subtle changes such as backcombing at the crown or twisting the hair at the back. Add a bridal hair clip and a veil, and this look would be ideal for your big day.

7 Kate middleton side swept updo© Photo: Getty Images

If it works for your gown, a side-swept updo can make a gorgeous choice for brides. If your hair isn’t as long (or as thick!) as Kate’s, adding clip-in extensions can help to give the illusion of a more full, twisted bun.

8 Kate Middleton hair ponytail© Photo: Getty Images

Who says you can’t rock a ponytail on your big day? Best suited to the more laidback bride, adding volume at the crown and finishing off with beautiful bridal accessories will transform your ‘do from the everyday to the extraordinary.

9 Kate Middleton chignon© Photo: Getty Images

As Kate knows, you can’t go wrong with a classic chignon for timeless, elegant style. Keep some hair down at the front to frame your face and backcomb at the roots to add volume to this ultra-chic updo.

10 Kate Middleton hair trooping the colour 2016© Photo: Getty Images

What’s not to love about this side-swept updo that the Duchess of Cambridge wore for Trooping the Colour in 2016? Ideal for brides, bridesmaids and wedding guests alike, this will suit everyone.

11 Kate Middleton updo 2010© Photo: Getty Images

It’s rare to see Kate with her hair completely brushed back off her face, but this look is gorgeous. The voluminous updo is even more gorgeous from the back, with twists and braids perfectly pinned into place – you’re going to need a professional for this one.

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