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The Wet Hair Look: 9 Ways to Wear This Super Trendy Look

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It’s been months since many of our favorite salons shuttered their doors in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. As we all begin to adjust to the new normal, many salons are preparing to reopen their doors so we can get the hair cuts and color touch-ups we so desperately need. As eager as salon owners are to open their doors, the new salon experience is not going to be like anything you’ve ever experienced before. Salon owners and stylists are taking every precaution necessary to ensure their businesses don’t become breeding ground for the virus, which means some of the salon services you’ve come to know and love may no longer be available.

One of the most significant changes you can expect to encounter is stylists cutting back on or completely eliminating blow dry services. While blow dryers are meant to dry and style your hair, they also blow air around the room, and when you’re trying to mitigate an airborne virus, that’s a big no-no. Instead, your stylist will either send you home with a fresh cut and color for you to dry on your own or will craft your hair into a sleek wet style. We know, no longer being able to get a flawless salon blowout is borderline devastating, but an easy sacrifice to make when you think of the benefits. While you may have to sacrifice your blowout, fortunately, you won’t have to sacrifice on style. Wet styles were on the rise before salon closures, and as the year goes on, they’re going to become more popular than ever.

Never slayed a wet style before? Fear not! You can practice a few wet styles before your appointment to make sure you nail down the perfect wet style for your mane. With just a spray bottle of water, a little gel, and a comb, you can achieve a gorgeous wet hair look right in your bathroom. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, we’ve rounded up nine wet hair looks that we can’t get enough of.

For all of these looks, you’ll have to begin with wet hair. You can start styling your hair right after you’ve washed and gently dried it or fill a spray bottle with water and spritz your locks until they’re damp. Alternatively, use a spray leave-in conditioner like Mizani 25 Miracle Milk: The liquid formula will dampen your hair while ensuring that it feels hydrated.

The Best Wet Hair Looks To Try Now

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French Roll

Looking for a wet style that’s equal parts undone and sexy, look no further than the French roll. To begin, apply a light hold gel like Redken Brews Clean Gel throughout your mane. Sweep all of your damp hair to one side and place bobby pins at the back of your head to hold your hair in place. Then, sweep the loose hair back over the bobby pins and begin to twist and tuck the hair to form your French roll. Once you achieve your desired shape, use several more bobby pins to hold the roll in place—no need for hairspray, your gel has already got you covered.

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Classic Chignon

Chignons are one of the easiest styles to pull off, and they look particularly stunning when styles wet. Gather your damp hair at the nape of your neck and secure a ponytail with a hair elastic. Then, wrap the ponytail around itself until it begins to form a bun, secure in place with several bobby pins.

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Rope Ponytail

If the thought of a damp, limp ponytail sends shivers down your spine, spice things up with a few hair accessories. We love this rope ponytail. Simply gather your damp hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck and secure it with a hair elastic. Then, take the string of your choice and wrap it around your ponytail beginning at the base and continue wrapping until you almost reach the end, leaving about one to two inches of hair out. If you really want to make your look out of this world, pair your rope ponytail with glittery roots!

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Wet Wash-And-Go

You don’t have to craft your mane into an elaborate style to take advantage of the trendy wet look. If you want to showcase your naturally curly texture, simply wet your hair and apply an anti-frizz styling gel like Matrix Total Results Curl Please Super Defrizzer Gel throughout your hair liberally. The best part is, you don’t even have to wait for your hair to dry to reap the full benefits of this beach-inspired style.

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Classic Wet Look

This classic style looks great with a center part, side part, or slicked straight back. Once your hair is saturated (but not soaking wet), work a light hold gel like Matrix Vavoom Hold My Body Forming Hair Gel through your hair to set your texture. Allow your hair to dry before walking out of the door, and it’ll look chic and shiny all day long.

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Slick Braided Chignon

To begin, work a light hold gel through your locks. Part your hair down the middle, on the side, or brush it straight back, gathering your damp hair at the nape of your neck and securing a ponytail with a hair elastic. Using the hair from your ponytail, create a classic three-strand braid, and fasten it with a clear hair elastic. To complete this look, wrap the braid around itself until it forms a bun and secure the style with several bobby pins.

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Finger Waves

For this look, you’ll need medium hold gel like Redken Brews Extreme Hair Gel and a fine-tooth comb. Begin by parting your damp hair to the left or the right and applying a liberal amount of gel to the larger section of hair. Comb the gel through your hair until it is completely saturated, and the product is evenly distributed.

Starting in the middle of your head, brush a 1-inch section up towards your forehead. Using your comb and a little help from your fingers, create an S-shaped wave. Continue to the next section, creating another S-shaped wave until you’ve completed the entire side. Tuck any extra pieces behind your ear before repeating the process on the opposite side. Allow the gel to dry completely to set your look.

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Slicked Back Roots

For this look, you need to begin with clean, dry hair. Part your hair horizontally from ear to ear and secure the hair from the bottom section with a hair elastic. Next, part the front section of your hair on the right or left side of your head.

Working in small segments, evenly distribute a gel like Biolage Styling Gelée All Purpose Styling Gel throughout the front two sections of hair, applying gel about an inch from the root. Once your roots are completely saturated in gel, untie the bottom section and comb your hair straight back. Allow your clean, dry hair to flow down your back to provide a nice contrast against your wet roots. Allow the gel to dry completely to set your look.

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To begin, part your hair on the left or right side of your head. Work a medium hold gel like Redken Brews Holding Gel For Men throughout your locks until they are completely saturated, and the gel is evenly distributed. Then, comb the smaller section of hair straight back and the larger section of hair up into a mini-pompadour. Use a jumbo hair clip to secure your pompadour in place until the gel completely dries. Once dried, remove the clip, and your look is set.

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