The Duchess of Cambridge uses a hair net to tame her tresses.
This old-fashioned hair accessory is the secret to her perfectly coiffed style.
When you think about hair nets, chances are your thoughts turn to the food industry, rather than British royalty. But with the recent buzz that this unassuming drugstore buy is the secret to Kate Middleton’s always-flawless hair, the humble hair net is finally getting its turn in the spotlight.
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The news that the Duchess of Cambridge uses a hair net to tame her tresses has been circulating for a couple years now, causing her fans to keep a close eye out for the subtle hair accessory. While Meghan Markle set off a sensation with her messy bun style, Kate prefers a sleeker look, which is where the hair net comes in handy. After twisting her hair into a bun or chignon, she wraps the style in a sheer hair net so that it’s only visible if you’re really searching for it. From afar, the net is undetectable, except for the fact that not a single hair is out of place.
While Kate’s been rocking the hair net for a while now, what’s most interesting is the effect this royal endorsement seems to be having on the sale of hair nets. According to Meg Potter, the head of beauty at Superdrug (the UK’s version of CVS), hair net sales have risen by almost 40 percent. In an interview with the Daily Mail, she went on to explain the sales boom: “To hear a humble hairnet is the secret to keeping The Duchess' updos in place and looking sleek is a far cry from all the usual high end gadgets and beauty lovers have rushed out to pick up hairnets in a bid to recreate these fabulous looks.” At Superdrug, a set of two hair nets rings up at just £1.09 (or $1.53), making it the most affordable hair secret the Duchess has ever shared.
If you’d like to recreate the look yourself, start by following our easy and elegant low bun tutorial. Then, skip the hairspray. Instead, wrap the style tightly in a sheer hair net that matches your hair color. Your local drugstore likely has exactly what you’ll need, or check out the options sold by ballet companies online, such as Capezio ($7; amazon.com). For those who don’t love the messy bun look, this trick will help you achieve a royalty-worthy updo.