Hairstyle: how to get the sleek wet look in 5 simple steps

First of all, keep in mind that the sleek wet (or wet look) hairstyle works with all cuts. Simply decide how intense you want the wet effect to be and the type of look you’re going for: chic, casual, etc. 

1

Properly prepare your hair.

For an optimal wet effect, wash your hair with a shampoo and conditioner that will boost your shine. Comb out your locks thoroughly, then dry them. This hairstyle is easier to do with a smooth base, but you can also leave light natural waves in your hair if you prefer.

No time to dry your tresses? No problem. The sleek wet style is easy to do on wet hair, too. The end result will be a more natural, less slick look, but it will be just as beautiful.

2

Choose your style.

For hair that looks great on any occasion, simply comb your hair back without a part. For a more structured look, comb a straight side part and flatten your hair on each side of it. And for a look worthy of fashion runways, set your hair in a half-up ponytail or low bun with a stylish accessory. 

Note

If you have bangs, comb them back with the rest of your hair. If you have short hair (a pixie or bob cut), the steps are the same but you may have to work a bit harder to get an even look with your thinned-out hair.

3

Apply gel.

The key to creating a successful wet look is to choose a styling gel with strong hold. Make sure you don’t use too much in the first application, since you don’t want to completely set your hair in place (you can reapply more if needed). Warm up a dab of gel between your palms then spread it through your hair from the roots to your ears. You can also apply the gel to the rest of the hair according to your desired look.

Pro tip

To keep the hair supple, some stylists prefer to use a dab of pomade. Again, be careful not to apply too much product or you can expect some seriously greasy hair!

4

Set your ’do.

To enhance your hairstyle and ensure it stays in place, spritz your hair with a strong hold hairspray, concentrating a little more on the roots.

5

Work the lengths of your hair.

If you like, you can give the lengths of your hair a chic casual look by spritzing your tresses with a salt spray texturizer and tousling the hair with your fingers. Spritz a little hairspray over your ’do and you’ll be good to go.

Makeup tip

The advantage of the sleek wet look is that it works with any makeup style, from the most natural to the boldest. However, since your face is completely clear, make sure to have a bright, even complexion.

Suggestions:

Aveeno

Positively Nourishing Shine Shampoo, 310 ml

Enjoy naturally beautiful results in just three washes* with Aveeno Positively Nourishing Shine Shampoo. *Use with Aveeno Positively Nourishing Shine Conditioner for best results.

L'Oréal Paris

Mineral Fx - Melting Gel, 150 ml, Strong Hold
John Frieda

Beach Blonde Sea Waves Salt Spray, 150 ml

Create a carefree, ocean-fresh look with full tousled texture, windswept waves, or piecey perfection and a low-sheen matte finish.

TRESemmé

Beauty-Full Volume Flexible Finish Hairspray, 214 g

Stop your style from falling flat without making your hair feel stiff or sticky. Formulate with Fleximax fixers, it holds your style's body and bounce while maintaining your hair's natural movement and softness.

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