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Try This Knotted Style Inspired by Kate Middleton's Half-Up Hair

May 10 2014 - 12:00pm

The recent royal tour [1] was packed with adorable shots of Kate Middleton and Prince George, but for us the most memorable moment of all was this half-up hairstyle (what can we say, we're beauty editors). Vidal Sassoon [2] celebrity hairstylist Ben Skervin helped us unlock the secret to this style. While the duchess had a crew of helpers to get her knotted look, this interpretation is easy enough to do yourself (even the blowout). If you love this look, then you'll also want to see the Kate updo we re-created [3], too.

Photos by: Caroline Voagen Nelson [4]

Step 1: The Blowout

As with all of Kate Middleton's styles, the foundation is an amazing blowout (don't worry if it's a day or two old for this updo). To get salon-worthy volume at home, you want to focus all your attention on the ends, and wrap hair around a round brush to get that perfect curl.

"Think about setting hair on a roller," Skervin explained. "Blast [ends] with hot air, then let it cool down. To unravel hair with minimal frizz, use a twisting motion that locks in the curl. He applied Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse [5] ($5) before blow-drying and finished with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series ColorFinity Dry Shampoo in Rich Darks [6] ($5).

Photos by: Caroline Voagen Nelson [7]

Step 2: Section

Create a section on each side from crown to ears, leaving the middle portion down. The width of these sections will determine the thickness of your knot.

Photos by: Caroline Voagen Nelson [8]

Step 3: Twist

Twirl these sections around your fingers to create a tight twist.

Photos by: Caroline Voagen Nelson [9]

Step 4: Crisscross

To create the knotted design, Skervin crossed the twisted pieces, looping the piece on the left around the right. Pro tip: the section on the left is going to do all the twisting, while the portion on the right remains stable.

Photos by: Caroline Voagen Nelson [10]

Step 5: Loop

Wind the portion on the left into a circular shape.

Photos by: Caroline Voagen Nelson [11]

Step 6: Pull

Pull the ends through the loop you created to make a knot.

Photos by: Caroline Voagen Nelson [12]

Step 7: Tighten

Photos by: Caroline Voagen Nelson [13]

Step 8: Secure

Skervin secured the knot with booby pins in an X shape. Pro tip: make sure to hide the pins behind the design.

Photos by: Caroline Voagen Nelson [14]

The Finished Look

Photos by: Caroline Voagen Nelson [15]

The Finished Look

Photos by: Caroline Voagen Nelson [16]

The Finished Look

Photos by: Caroline Voagen Nelson [17]

The Original

Source: Getty [18] and Caroline Voagen Nelson [19]

The Original

Source: Getty [20] and Caroline Voagen Nelson [21]


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http://www.bellasugar.com/Kate-Middleton-Half-Up-Hairstyle-Tutorial-34720348