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Easy hairstyles for the holidays

Get hair like Kate Middleton's without heading to the salon.

By Kim Anne Nov 28, 2012 12:38AM

Photo: Indigo/Getty images, Reimschuessel /Splash News/CorbisWith the holidays in full swing, ‘tis the season for a seemingly endless array of parties, gatherings and occasions that require a little dazzle. 

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Unfortunately, all the celebrations also mean a lack of time to get everything accomplished. That's why we were excited to learn how to achieve a pretty holiday hairstyle without investing a ton of time. To channel a princess-worthy holiday up-do like Kate Middleton's, follow these simple steps:

“This look is elegant, charming and surprisingly easy to achieve,” says Edward Tricomi, a co-owner of Warren-Tricomi Salons.

How to create Kate’s up-do: 

1. Begin by parting your hair where it would naturally fall.

2. This look is started with a very basic French braid at the back of the neck. Be sure to braid very loosely, this will keep the look modern and effortless.

3. Once your braid reaches the top of your back begin to twist it into a bun. The bun should be more oval in shape as opposed to round and should sit right at the base of your neck. Secure with hair pins.

“Kate has mirror-like shine which makes her color look extremely rich. I would recommend using a hair glaze to really bring out the shine and richness in color,” Tricomi says.

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If you prefer a half-up look, that’s also easy to achieve. “Lady Kate kills it with this, taking a look that is sophisticated yet surprisingly simple to create,” Tricomi says. “The off-center pin curls are unexpected, innovative and original.”

Photo: Indigo/Getty ImagesHow to create Kate’s half-up, half-down style

1. Start by setting your hair with a curling iron in large sections until your entire head is curled. This will give it a soft bounce.

2.  Divide your hair into two sections from ear to ear across the back of your head.

3. Brush the top section straight back (this look is achieved with no parting)

4. Take hair from your temple and pull it away from your face, twirling it into a pin curl and securing it with pins at the crown of your head, repeat with the remaining side.

Tell us: What’s your go-to hairstyle for the holidays?

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Photos: Indigo/Getty images,  Reimschuessel /Splash News/Corbis; Indigo/Getty Images

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