How To Get The ‘Wet Hair’ Look – Tutorial

We’re loving the ‘wet hair’ look that so many celebs are wearing on the red carpet. It’s sleek and shiny, while also hitting that sweet spot between casual and glam.


One of the things that we love about this look is its simplicity. It’s super easy to style, and the unfussy slicked back look gives you a chance to accessorize or accent. Try pairing this hairstyle with an outfit that has an interesting or unique neckline. Or try this look as a way to show off some sparkly earrings.

Want to get this slicked back ‘wet hair’ look? Here’s our step-by-step tutorial.


Tease and Shape: To get a wet hair look, many tutorials start with damp or wet hair. But we find that those methods leave our hair falling flat and our style looking boring. Instead, our method starts by teasing and shaping.

Comb forward the front section of your hair near your forehead. Working with the top section of your hair towards the crown of your head, use a fine toothed comb to tease your hair near the roots. Continue teasing in the back, building volume at the top-rear portion of your head and towards the right and left sides. If your hair is finely textured, use some hairspray while teasing so that you can achieve the height that you desire.


Comb And Smooth: Taking the front portion of your hair that you had separated, begin to lightly comb this hair to the back of your head so that it lays over the teased hair. Keep smoothing and arranging this hair so that it hides the teased section while creating a nice shape.


Spray To Set: Using a high-strength hair spray, begin by applying spray at the under layers at the back of your head. Keep spraying subsequent layers, until all of your hair is liberally sprayed. Don’t be afraid to use lots of hairspray to achieve that sleek, wet look.

To make the bottom of your hair blend into the top, use a high-shine glossing mist on the lower portion of your hair. But if you have frizzy or curly hair, try adding some pomade to the bottom lengths of your hair to keep your curls looking as shiny and sleek as the top portion of your hair.


Don’t you love how sleek and classy this style is? Plus, the minimalist look is so easy to style!

Even if you’re not headed to the runway or red carpet, it’s a good hairstyle for so many different occasions. Dress it down for a casual look that’s not sloppy, or dress it up with a cocktail dress for a night on the town.


If you love hair styling, you can do it professionally and build a career as a cosmetologist. To start, the Ogle School’s Cosmetology Program will help you learn the craft and teach you about the business side of beauty. Visit Ogle School to learn more about the program, the admissions process, financial aid, and to hear what Ogle School Graduates have to say.

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Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.