Kate Middleton Hairstyles: The Ultimate Inspiration

Kate Middleton

See all the glamorous hairstyles the Duchess of Cambridge has showcased over the last year

21 October 2013

By Lyndsay Conway and Natalie Cornish

The Duchess of Cambridge's hair is coveted the world over. Whether worn in those trademark tumbling waves (broken up here with a flattering caramel-hue highlight) or swept back in to a chic chignon for an evening event, the Duchess's hair always looks shiny, healthy and polished.

And, with news that Princess Diana's former hairdresser, Sydney-based Joh Bailey will be on hand to style Catherine's hair on next year's state visit to Australia, we're wondering whether she'll opt for a new style in Oz or recycle a trusty favourite (just like those LK Bennett shoes!).

Take a look back at the Duchess' best hairstyles here and find inspiration for your next salon visit...

Kate Middleton Fringe Hairstyle

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Kate Middleton Fringe Hairstyle

Opinion was divided when Kate stepped out with a slight side fringe last November, but the style really complimented her green Mulberry shirt dress.

Kate Middleton Updo Hairstyle

Kate Middleton Updo Hairstyle

Kate showcased a brand new updo hairstyle for the BOA Olympic Concert at Royal Albert Hall in May 2012. A striking departure from her usual loose waves, this is a great look for the Duchess. Discover Kate Middleton's favourite beauty buys

Kate Middleton Updo Hairstyle - Back View

Kate Middleton Updo Hairstyle - Back View

Looking at Kate's hair from behind, we can see the intricate and delicately woven plaits in her classic updo hairstyle. Discover Kate Middleton's favourite beauty buys

Kate Middleton Short Curls Hairstyle

Kate Middleton Short Curls Hairstyle

Kate's signature waves were given a twist when she visited Fortnum and Mason in March. Curled more tightly than usual, her bouncy locks were a touch more retro than usual. Discover Kate Middleton's favourite beauty buys

Kate Middleton Sleek Evening Hairstyle

Kate Middleton Sleek Evening Hairstyle

Kate's hair always looks perfect, but she went ultra-sleek for a charity dinner in aid of the armed forces last year. With less curl and a more grown-up side parting, Kate's hair complemented her bespoke Jenny Packham dress perfectly! Discover Kate Middleton's favourite beauty buys

Kate Middleton Relaxed Blow Dry Hairstyle

Kate Middleton Relaxed Blow Dry Hairstyle

When Kate dresses down, her hair is still immaculately groomed. With a less formal edge, her signature blow dry was relaxed and glossy for her visit to the Olympic Park in London. Discover Kate Middleton's favourite beauty buys

Kate Middleton Half-Up Hairstyle

Kate Middleton Half-Up Hairstyle

The world was bowled over when Kate stepped out with this new half-up half-down hairstyle for a fundraiser for the new WWI Galleries at the Imperial War Museum. Discover Kate Middleton's favourite beauty buys

Kate Middleton Half-Updo - Back View

Kate Middleton Half-Updo - Back View

Seeing Kate's glossy new 'do from behind, we can see how the curls are longer and tighter than usual, giving her look a more glamorous, occasional feel. Discover Kate Middleton's favourite beauty buys

Kate Middleton Half-Up Straight Hairstyle

Kate Middleton Half-Up Straight Hairstyle

Oh the royal tour of Canada, Kate worked her half and half hairstyle almost a year before vamping it up for the fundraiser in London. Keeping her lengths straight and the front completely off her face, this is was a more demure, subtle take on a great Kate look. Discover Kate Middleton's favourite beauty buys

Kate Middleton Glossy Evening Hairstyle

Kate Middleton Glossy Evening Hairstyle

Kate knows how to work a glossy evening 'do. Wearing her tumbling waves in a chic side parting, Kate looked seriously glam at the Sun Military Awards in December 2011. Discover Kate Middleton's favourite beauty buys

Kate Middleton Chic Retro Waves Hairstyle

Kate Middleton Chic Retro Waves Hairstyle

When Kate touched down in Canada for the royal tour she turned up the glamour with 50s-style retro waves. With Higher curls and a chic off-centre parting, Kate brought the vintage look into the 21st Century. Discover Kate Middleton's favourite beauty buys

Kate Middleton Centre Parting Hairstyle

Kate Middleton Centre Parting Hairstyle

Moving away from her usual look, Kate parted her hair in the middle when she visited The Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich - but kept the thick, bouncing curls. Discover Kate Middleton's favourite beauty buys

Kate Middleton Blow Dry Hairstyle

Kate Middleton Blow Dry Hairstyle

The biggest, most voluminous look Kate has worked so far, this blow dry could be our favourite! Kate's hair is longer and the waves are looser, but it is still that signature Kate Middleton style. Discover Kate Middleton's favourite beauty buys

Kate Middleton 70s Waves Hairstyle

Kate Middleton 70s Waves Hairstyle

Channelling Farrah Fawcett at the BAFTA's Brits to Watch gala in Los Angeles, Kate reversed her waves and opted for 70s-style flicks, with another off-centre parting. Discover Kate Middleton's favourite beauty buys