Kate Middleton's $17 secret for flawless hair is not what you'd expect

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How to Get Kate Middleton Hair

Kate Middleton's hair is always on point. It doesn't matter if she's volunteering at a homeless shelter or partying with the queen, her brunette locks are perfection. Her long-time hairstylist Richard Ward shared all of his secrets with People magazine, so that you can score her royal blowout at home. And the best part is that the product he uses won't break the bank.

Middleton has been a faithful client of Ward's for around 10 years. Even though she's now the Duchess of Cambridge, not much has changed in her hair routine. Middleton first started receiving the "Chelsea Blow Dry" from the hairstylist as a student in college. "She's the same person that first came into the salon," Ward told People.

To re-create Middleton's look, you'll need a quality blowdryer with a nozzle because it concentrates the heat to the section you are working on. But you'll save big on the hair expert's secret weapon. "I always brush the hair through with my anti-bacterial and anti-static Tangle Angel," Ward said. It's a heat-resistant brush that can be used to detangle wet or dry hair, and the must-have tool is only about $17 (tangleangel.com). Ward uses the uniquely shaped brush to prep Middleton's freshly washed strands.

Kate Middleton uses Tangle Angel

Once the hair is blow-dried and smooth, you don't want to overload your style with product. Instead of multiple styling sprays, Ward turns to rollers to lock the curl pattern in place. The technique requires lots of lifting at the roots, so he suggested for beginners to give the hair a good tug. "If you feel you're being too aggressive or pulling your hair too much, trust me you can't be," Ward said. That's the best way to get Middleton's voluminous look.

"It's not just about Kate's hair–it is beautifully finished, frizz-free, shiny hair," says Ward. If you have a similar hair texture as Middleton, you can get a gorgeous, bouncy blowout by following Ward's helpful tips.

Related: Kate Middleton's Conditioner Is Now Available Stateside (For Under $15)

See photos of Kate Middleton and her great hair below:

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Kate Middleton's best hair moments
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Kate Middleton's best hair moments
Elegant Updo
Kate wore her hair up in a pretty twisted and braided updo for an Olympic concert in May 2012.
Bouncing Curls
The look that has become Kate's signature style, her hair was down and perfectly curled during a visit to a community garden project in October 2012.
Perfect Waves
Kate's curls were the perfect elegant accent to this lace Alexander McQueen gown in November 2012.
Side-Swept Bangs
Kate attended the opening of The National History Museum's Treasures gallery in November 2012, in a vibrant emerald dress.
Wind-Blown Perfection
Even after an extremely windy day during her visit with Prince William to Cambridge, Kate's hair looked lovely.
Hockey Can't Flatten Those Curls
Even running around playing field hockey with children (in heels, no less!) can't keep Kate's covetable locks from looking perfect.
Half-Up, Half-Down
Kate wore her hair half-up during the diamond jubilee, wearing a pretty fascinator to match her dress.
Picture Perfect
Kate viewed her first official portrait in January 2013, wearing her hair down and simply curled under.
Long and Flowing
One of the best things about Kate's hair is that it is thick and full of body.  She chose a simple look to pair with this patterned MaxMara dress.
Grimbsy Glam
Kate's hair looked lovely on a visit to Grimsby to tour the National Fishing Heritage Centre.
A Hat for Underground
The Duchess and Queen visited Baker Street Underground Station in March 2013, and Kate chose to wear simple curls with her pretty hat.
Scotland Curls
On a tour of Scotland, the pregnant Duchess wore her hair stylishly down and simple.
Wind-Resistant Locks
It may have been a windy afternoon visit to the Willows Primary School, but Kate's hair held up.
Twists and Weaves
Kate's hair was half-up for a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, with intricate twists and weaves keeping the look in place.
Magical Tresses
The Duchess was able to tour the Harry Potter sets along with her husband and brother-in-law, wearing Topshop and her hair down -- perfect for casting spells!
Sweet Curls
Kate wore a bright coat during her visit to Naomi House, and paired the look with pretty curls, a bit tighter than her typical waves.
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