You Won’t Believe the $2 Retro Secret Weapon Behind Kate Middleton’s Flawless Updos

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Kate Middleton, aside from her obvious Duchess of Cambridge title, is known for her elegant and timeless fashion, picture-perfect family, and of course, her flawless hair. Whether it’s loose and wavy (thanks to a surprising must-have brush) or up and structured, Middleton is always—and we mean always—sporting an immaculate coif with no hair out of place. So would you believe us if we told her secret hair weapon rings in at less than $2? Yes, you read that right—the pinnacle of elegance uses hairnets to keep her locks from falling in those super chic updos.

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Forget everything you know about these nets. No lunchrooms—only good hair from now on. An image recently snapped of Middleton in the Netherlands reveals how she keeps her intricate bun in place with this retro, often overlooked tool. If you look closely, you can see where the hairnet is supporting her strands, keeping her look from unraveling even on the windiest of days.

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Thankfully, these are simple to use: Create your go-to updo look (usually at the nape of your neck if you’re using the Duchess as inspiration) and wrap the hairnet around the bun as many times as you can—make sure the net is the same color as your hair—until it covers it tightly. Secure the net with bobby pins and spritz some hairspray to lock everything in place. And just like that, hairnets are chic. How does she do it?

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