Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, stepped out to attend this week’s Portrait Gala at London’s National Portrait Gallery, where her royal bling was matched only by her royal curls. Her long-length hair was center-parted in the seventies style, and featured a drop down wave cascade, with soft, spiraling ‘C’ shapes tumbling down her sweetheart neckline. You’ll likely have to see the Queen herself for diamonds like those, but the inspired hairstyle only needs a few products and tools, tips and tricks. For our recommendations, click style notes.
Step 1: Towel-dry hair to damp and apply a mixture of styling whip and curl enhancer through strands. Blowdry in hands, tossing hair up from the underneath, and from side to side, to encourage texture and volume.
Step 2: Once dry, center-part hair and mist mid-lengths and ends with protective thickening lotion. Beginning halfway down the length (so you get the same drop down wave as Kate), use a curling iron or wand to create spiraling curls.
Step 3: Mist hair with primp working spray and scrunch and tousle to develop a wavy and curly texture with plenty of body and bounce