When it comes to party-appropriate hair, the wet-look finish is something that rears its glossy head year after year. But have we actually bitten the proverbial bullet? Have we dunked our hands into pots of slimy hair gel and offered our hair up to the wet-look gods? No, of course we haven't because we. Are. Wimps.
But we can't just hang this phobia on a fear of gunky gel (and the rock-solid fallout, too), because unless you have super-long, super-straight hair, attempting wet look hair can be treacherous territory. Will you end up looking like some chic secret agent from spy film, or will you end up looking like a disheveled mess, blown in from a rainstorm? It's a hair roulette that we just haven't had the guts to spin. Well, not yet.
As scrupulous research into celebrity sightings of wet-look hair show, the style doesn't just work, but it looks prettyВ incredible on all sorts of hair textures, types and lengths. Let usВ present the evidence that proves it-keep scrollingВ to see seven wet-look hairstyles that will have you desperate to dunk your head into a vat of hair gel.
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Trust us, you're going to start seeing sharpВ flicked ends everywhere, so you might as well jump on the bandwagon early. Here, Bella's hair, with its wet-look roots and ear-tuckeryВ mightВ have all the signs of a '90s throwback, butВ thanks to the tight silhouette and disciplined fly-aways,В it feels really modern.Jerritt Clark via Getty Images
Being naturally drier than straight hair, curly and textured hair is lucky in thatВ the wet-lookВ adds definition to curls and never makesВ hair look greasy.В Try using a deep-conditioning mask like Shea MoistureВ SheaВ Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque (ВЈ13) instead of gel, as it will add weight as well as shine.
Who knew post-gym hair could look so chic? This wet-look hairstyle is the sort of thing that would look good on all hair textures. First, rake handfuls of styling lotion like Bumble and BumbleВ Bb. Styling Creme (ВЈ21) and hair gel (we find Aveda's Confixor Liquid Gel, ВЈ17, isn't as sticky as most) into wet hair before twisting into a tight bun at the crown.Steve Granitz via Getty Images
It's much trickier to get the wet-look to last on afro hair, as it's far more porous than straight hair, so opt for coconut oil instead. Not only will it give hair a glossy, drenched sheen like Yara Shahidi's, but it will nourish hair while you wear it. Handy.ВDavid M Benett via Getty Images
If you like the idea of wet-look hair but don't fancy sweeping all the hair away from the face, try Sofia Richie's half-up half-down iteration. To stop the lengths from going crunchy, use handfuls of hair oil instead. OuaiВ Hair Oil (ВЈ24) contains a mixture of oils from far-flung realms like African Galanga, Ama and Asian Borage oils, which are all great at inducing glossy shine in hair.J. Merritt via Getty Images
Millie Bobby Brown
Even short hair like Millie Bobby Brown's looks chic when slicked back. We would recommend, however, keeping a little bit of a parting to soften the overall effect.ВKevin Mazur via Getty Images
On the scale of saturation, Selena's hair is more damp than drenched, but this can be a good way to ease yourself into the style. Curly hair works really well for this look too, but if you have straight hair, add a little texture by tonging sections and brushing it out. Then, rub together a 50p-sized blob of hair gel and a pump of hair oil-the oil stops the gel from going crispy-between the palmsВ before patting onto the top of the hair and pulling through the lengths.
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