Wet-look hair is a trend that keeps coming back every summer. You know there will always be at least five designers who feature the hairstyle in their Spring/Summer runway shows. It looks cool on magazine covers and we’ve seen it done right on the red carpet, but can you actually pull it off in real life? If you get it wrong, you’ll have people asking you all day if your blow dryer broke or if you slept in. Ashley Olsen may have recently photographed leaving her apartment with wet straight-from-the-shower hair, but I think we can agree that that is a look that is best left to Olsen sisters.
Here is how to make wet-look hair look like a proper hairstyle and not like you ran out of time:
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Wet-look plus messy hair equals a drowned rat look. That isn’t something you want, is it? The key to pulling off wet-look hair is to add some structure to make the wetness look intentional. You can still have your bedhead waves but make sure they’re defined and not going in every direction.
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Parted wet-look styles make it look like you stepped out of the shower, combed your hair, and immediately left the house. Even if you applied all of the gel and mousse for a proper wet-look style, it won’t look as finished as a sleek style. If you like parting your hair, go for a wet-look updo.
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Does this look like someone who didn’t have time to style their hair before they ran out of the house? I don’t think so. For a super sleek style, flat iron the ends of your hair before finishing them with gel and no one will ever accuse you of sleeping in.
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If you just don’t think you can ever pull off wet-look strands hanging down your back, try an updo. You can get a really sleek look and it gets your hair off your sweaty neck in the summer.
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You might think that wet-look hair is easier to pull off if you are only sporting wet roots, but dual textured hair is a tricky look to master. Most of the time, it just looks like you have supremely greasy roots and could do with some shampoo ASAP. Therefore, it’s best to avoid this look.