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The New Duane Reade Salon's Ultimate Test: Kate Middleton Hair

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Will the Duane Reade stylists transform commoner-hair into a princess-worthy coif?
Will the Duane Reade stylists transform commoner-hair into a princess-worthy coif?

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Ever since the Wall Street location opened its gilded doors and unleashed its fancy new services to FiDi, we've been wondering just how does this shampoo and blow-out business really work? Well, the Cut dropped by for some festivities last night and proposed a major challenge. Is it possible to stroll out of the Duane Reade with Kate Middleton-hair?

Well, first off, the salon takes walk-ins as well as appointments (apparently recorded in a somewhat antiquated scheduling notebook) for shampoo and blow-out packages running a pretty reasonable $35 to $45, depending on the length of hair. Another nice touch: The salon exclusively uses Phyto products.

Surprisingly, this was the stylists first request for the Kate-coif. After donning a "white lab coat-bathrobe hybrid" for the session and chatting with the hairstylist about Harry and Pippa and the stylist's professional qualifications (product-testing salon and stints "practically every other salon in the city", check), the Cut wasn't totally blown away, but was quite pleased with the final product.

The end result was, as my girlfriend told me later at a bar, more Miss America than Kate Middleton. The curls were more spiraled outward than tucked under, but the overall effect was pretty in that put-together way a lot of girls want from a blowout. The products didn't make my hair feel super soft and fancy, but the look was pleasant.

Not bad for under $50 and much cheaper than hiring a hairstylist to travel with you for an eleven-day, humidity-filled North American goodwill junket.

· Inside the Seriously Mindblowing Wall Street Duane Reade [Racked NY]
· Can You Get Kate Middleton Hair at the New Duane Reade Salon? [The Cut]

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