20 Updated Wet Hairstyles that Will Make You Hang Up Your Hair Dryer

Today’s hottest wet hairstyles are nothing like the crinkly, crispy, slightly greasy appearance of the infamous ’80s wet look. The modern update doesn’t make you think of bright neon colors, frizzy perms, and acid wash jeans. There’s something sleeker and more sophisticated about the new take on wet hair. Some of these looks might even be enough to make you hang up your straightener right along with your hair dryer.

Wet Hairstyles Suggestions

You may wear all of your hair wet-looking – simply sleeked back with a product, imitating the sexy “just from the shower effect” or use some wet accents. It’s, for example, when only the top layer of your hair seems wet. Remember also that wet hair needs a wet-look make up. So, prepare your illuminators, lip gloss and, maybe, glossy eye-shadow?

#1: Demure, Damply Tousled Bob

If you have curly or wavy hair, you’ll be happy to know that there are dozens of wet hairstyles designed to highlight your lovely curls – even if you spend most of your time ironing them straight. The bob is a timeless cut that looks quite fetching when left damp and gently tousled. You’ll only need a little bit of product and, as you can see, no crispy curls.

#2: The Haute Couture Slick-Back

You see this look on the runways quite often, and for good reason. It’s fast, effortless, and easy to pull off, even on busy mornings.

#3: Intricate Braids with Wet-Look Shine

The wet look is ideal for hairstyles with micro braids. You can get so intricate with the designs, as you can see, and the sheen can either come from water or specialized products that will also keep your braids from looking fizzy and frayed.

#4: Short, Sexy Side Part Hairstyle

This is an outrageously sexy androgynous look, plus it proves that wet hairstyles are just as ideal for short hair. The sleeked back long fringe, and sharp side part create a debonair look that pairs beautifully with feminine details, such as bold eyes, a bright red lip, or a femme-cut suit. Yum!

#5: A Simple Bun with an Elegant Twist

Braids hairstyles were practically made for wet hair, and this one is especially easy. Braid your hair when it’s wet, twist it around into a bun, and voila! You’ve got a gorgeous hairstyle for the day. At night, pull the pins out of your bun, undo your braid, and you’ve got sexy waves for days.

#6: Long, Slicked Back Style

Naturally, wet styles are marvelous for long hair, as well. On days when you don’t have the time or inclination to dry your hair, gently towel dry it, finger comb it for texture, sleek it off the face with a product and head out the door. It’s quick but absolutely stunning.

#7: Wet, Wild, and Wavy

Hairstyles for wet hair manage to look both effortless and sexy – when they’re done correctly, of course. If your hair has layers, you get even more texture, which helps to keep your wet look from appearing greasy. That’s important for girls with black or brunette hair, especially if it’s thick or coarse.

#8: Layered and Laid-Back

See how great layers look with a damp ‘do? You get more lift and volume, which is also essential because flat, lifeless-looking hair is another thing you want to avoid with the wet look.

#9: Braids to the Skies

A high braid, beginning up on the crown, looks great no matter what. Keep your hair damp, create an artistic braid, and everyone you meet will want to know who did your hair and how they can copy this cute style.

#10: Short, Sassy, and Glamorous

This is another adorable androgynous look. In fact, this is some straight-up Ruby Rose hair inspo. Short hairstyles for wet hair help to shape the cut, give it new definition, and draw attention to your stunning features. If you’re ready to take a leap of faith and try a pixie cut, check out a photo gallery or two and pay attention to models who share your bone structure and facial shape.

#11: Vintage-Inspired Finger Waves

Embrace the elegant, feminine flair of the 1920s with your wet look. Finger waves typically look best with short or medium-length hair because it holds the complicated curls better. The sheen is actually a signature part of this ravishing retro ‘do.

#12: Chic Messy Chignon

Looking for a quick but sophisticated hairdo you can wear to work, school, or an upcoming date? Towel dry your hair, and do not comb it. Take a bit of texturizing product on your fingers and run them trough your locks, spreading the product. Create a messy but extreme side part, and pull it into a loose side chignon. Wearing a low bun to the side is lovely and a little exotic, especially if you play around with some large floral accessories.

#13: Long, Loose, and a Little Damp

Many wet hairstyles don’t require any work at all. Instead of fiddling with your long hair for hours, leave it damp, comb it out, and wear it any way you feel appealing.

#14: Smoothed Back and Flowing

Here’s another wet hair look that frequently shows up on the catwalks. It’s simplicity itself. You may need a little help keeping your hair slicked back so smoothly. Without product, it’s apt to fall forward as it dries.

#15: Flawlessly Wavy

This is a similar style, but it’s much more sculpted. There’s structure to this style, along with plenty of interesting details. Slick your hair back, then create loose, shapely waves for a gorgeous look that will keep all eyes on you.

#16: A Royally Wet ‘Do

More than a few wet and wavy hairstyles make use of braids, partly because they create such a gorgeous, curly profusion when your hair dries. Braids are also welcome when you want a bit more complicated look with wet hair. This picture gives us a cool idea to section out some hair along your centre part and braid it toward the forehead, then split the braid and finish the two ends as a sort of chain hair accessory.

#17: Temptingly Tousled Crop

Just because you have a pixie cut doesn’t mean your desire to try a wet look has to be swept back. Tousle your locks naturally with a bit of mousse, run your fingers through them while they’re damp, and you’ll end up with a cute ‘do like this one.

#18: Cute, Curly, and Longer than Life

Long hair looks so good when it’s wet. If you have black hair, the wet look creates a gorgeous blue sheen. Even if you need to invest in a good weave to get this kind of length, a high ponytail with long, loose curls is always on-trend.

#19: Sleek, Straight, and Sophisticated

Again, remember that hairstyles for wet hair don’t have to be complicated. To pull off something this flawless and sleek, it helps if your hair is pin-straight in the first place.

#20: A Ponytail with a Surprise

This is simply beautiful. Wet looks work wonderfully with simple ponytails, but who wants something simple all the time? Section out a piece above your forehead, pull the rest of your hair tightly up and then feed the front section into the pony. Wrap one sleek strand around your elastic, and suddenly you’ve got an elegant and sophisticated pony update.

Maybe you’re making a statement with your wet ‘do. Maybe you never have time to dry your hair or simply hate using styling tools. Whatever the case, wet hairstyles come to the rescue in a variety of situations. Do you think you’ll be embracing the modern version of this retro favorite?