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How to recreate Kate's chic braided updo in six easy steps

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The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, didn't just turn heads with her impeccable style during her and Prince William's royal tour of India and Bhutan, but also wowed with her striking hairstyles. The 34-year-old royal particularly showed off her beauty credentials with the elegant braided updo she chose as she met the Prime Minister of India, also opting for the same hairstyle during a visit to Pan Bari Village.

While the 'do seems fairly complicated, Sheenon Olson, celebrity hairstylist and creative director at ATMA Beauty in Miami, shared with HELLO! how to achieve the classic braided bun with a twist – without going to a salon.

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The Duchess turned heads with this chic braided updo

Steps to achieving this look:

Step one: Part your hair. If you have long enough bangs (fringe), also include those in the part.

Step two: Once you have parted your hair, split the hair down the middle and French braid both sides. The French braid will begin just behind the fringe and work its way to the nape of your neck.

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Kate also chose to pair the look with an eye-catching Topshop dress

Step three: Once you have these two braids, add a powder like Expanda Dust to give the braid grip. Then you will take your fingers to pull the braid apart to give it that loose deconstructed look.

Step four: Now take the two braids and using bobby pins position them into a low bun.


Step five: Drop out the fringe and split it at your part. Twist each strand and join both behind the head. Secure the hair with two bobby pins in an X to make sure they won't budge.

Step six: Finish with a light hair spray and get ready to take your new royal-inspired look out on the town.

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