Wet Hair: How to Get the Red Carpet Look

Alyssa François | 30 August 2016

Your new go-to look for formal occasions.

Leave it up to the Hollywood’s trendsetting A-listers to grace the red carpet with a look that we would normally only wear after we wash our hair with the wet hair look. Sounds like an easy effortless style to nail, but it’s actually move involved than it looks. Before you rush into the shower and decide to head on out with a head that’s sopping wet, and expect you’ll end up with this hot look, there’s a specific way to achieve the style. And, one thing it does not require, is hair that is drench with water — because that certainly will take hours on end to dry. Ahead we’ve explained how you can get the red carpet wet hair look at home in just four easy steps.

Red Carpet to Real Way: The Wet Hair Look

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The wet hair trend works for curly or straight-haired girls alike. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Step 1: Brush through hair to remove tangles

To begin, brush your clean hair with a detangling brush to remove any annoying knots or tangles. Then, follow up with a boar bristle brush to smoothen your hair.

Step 2: Sculpt with gel.

Lightly spray your hair with some water. Then, dampen your hair to prep for the gel application. Apply some of the Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel onto the surface of your hair to create shape, hold and texture. Continue to apply the gel throughout the lengths of your hair then use a wide-tooth comb to evenly distribute the gel throughout your strands.

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For a more polished version of the wet hair look, straighten hair and sleek it back. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Step 3: Scrunch and dry.

Scrunch the lengths of your hair to sculpt and to create texture. To dry, blow-dry your hair with a diffuser attached to encourage a frizz-free finish. As the hair begins to set, scrunch again to sculpt some more.

Step 4: Add shine.

To emphasize the wet hair effect of this look, pile on some hair oil for some added shine. Squirt a dollop of Suave Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil into your palms and work it through your hair and done. The gel will help provide a firm hold to your style so skip the hairspray.

Love sleek hairstyles like this? Check out how to get sleek straight hair.

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