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The Wet Hair Look: Sleek and Sexy

Combing gel through your hair creates the wet hair look. Gel makes your hair look as if you just stepped out of the shower. The creative use of hair gel makes it possible to style countless variations of festive hairstyles. Please check out our photo gallery and video for wet look hairstyles, including strictly combed back styles and the faux bob.

Gel gives hair the wet look because the gel contains large amounts of water and holds it in the hair. Different portions of short or long hair can be combed to look wet and sleek. The wet, shiny nature of gels adds a cool note to sleek hairstyles. The sleek look is particularly well suited for the creation of elegant or festive hairstyles.

Using Hair Gel and Wax to Create Wet Look Hairstyles

To create the wet look for your hair, all you need is hair gel or wax. Simply spread the hair gel or wax over your fingertips to apply the gel to your dry hair. Start with a small amount of gel and add more as needed. Then comb the hair and apply hairspray. Briefly use a blow-dryer to set the gel, which will slightly harden as the shine intensifies. If you prefer a softer glow and hold, you may want to apply a mixture of hair gel and wax to your dry hair.

Wet Look Hairstyles

Wet Hair Look
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Faux bob, sleek short cut und half-up hair in wet look.

You can create wet look hairstyles whether your hair is long or short. Usually, short hair is completely covered with gel while only portions of long hair are styled to look wet and sleek. If your hairstyle includes a parting, be sure to create a straight parting with the help of a styling comb.  


  • Sleek Short Hair: Comb your freshly shampooed short hair close to your scalp using a brush or comb. Then apply the gel as described above to create the wet hair look.
  • The Sleek Ponytail: Distribute gel on the crown of your head before gathering your hair in a tautly bound ponytail.
  • The Faux Bob: First give your hair the wet look by applying gel from the roots to the ends, then comb it straight. After gathering your hair in a ponytail, pull the scrunchy down to the end of the ponytail. Turn the end of the ponytail under and secure it with hair clips or slides.
  • Undone Ponytail and Smooth Side Part: After creating a side part, use gel to comb back the fringes or the hair above your forehead. No gel is applied to the remaining hair, which is gathered into a casual ponytail.  
  • Partially Gel-Treated Hair: Moisten the straight or straightened hair next to your scalp before combing it down in an austere fashion with the help of gel or gel wax. Use hairspray for additional shine and hold. In this wet look hairstyle variation, you can comb your hair behind the ear or allow it to flow straight down.
  • Wet Look Hair in a Semi-Updo: You may like to style partially gelled hair into a semi-updo. Simply apply gel to the top and sides of your hair and gather your hair into a banana or chignon.

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