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Kate Middleton’s Braided Updo Is A Stunning Change Of Pace For The Duchess


The Duchess of Cambridge was like a whimsical garden fairy brought to life at London's Chelsea Flower Show on Mon. She floated through the woodland scene in an enchanting floral-print dress and the prettiest half-up, half-down plait. The braided updo is a welcome addition to Kate Middleton's spring hairstyle rotation and one you'll be eager to replicate.

Her Royal Highness has served up so much style inspo at her Chelsea Flower Show garden over the past few days — $10 statement earrings, khaki culottes and sneakers, and botanical-print dresses, just to name a few — it's nearly impossible to choose which look to copy first. Middleton waited for the perfect moment to break out her eyelet blouses, espadrilles, and that stunning new braid.

After debuting her very own garden creation to the kids of London on Mon., the duchess swapped her trainers for something slightly more formal for a visit from the Queen. Her second outfit of the day featured a floral-print maxi by Erdem, springy espadrilles, and pearl earrings in the shape of blooms.

As she showed her grandmother-in-law (a longtime fan of the Chelsea Flower Show) around her "Back to Nature" display, Middleton offered up better views of her dreamy plait.

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On any given day, you can likely find the royal mom of three wearing her signature bouncy curls tucked behind an ear as per usual. On the rare occasion that she does wear her hair up, it's typically in a voluminous ponytail of sorts, but this time, the duchess upped her game.

Her chestnut waves were braided on either side and combined into a single plait in the back, the perfect warm-weather upgrade to the classic half-up, half-down style she occasionally wears.

The elevated updo was a perfect addition to Middleton's whole garden motif. You'll no doubt be quick to copy it, whether you have a tea party to attend this weekend or not. The duchess' latest braided hairstyle should be a breeze with these The Zoe Report-approved products, ahead.

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Start by protecting your precious hair from heat damage with a lightweight, vitamin-fueled spray. This one is virtually weightless, allowing you to recreate Middleton's bouncy curls.

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Next, separate the section above each ear and start braiding toward the back, combining the two braids behind your head. Secure your impressive updo with one of these clear elastics.

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After you've mastered the braid, recreate Middleton's signature curls with this cult-classic styling wand.

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That braid wasn't easy to create, so make sure it stays in place. This flexible-hold hairspray won't weigh your curls down.