Test Driving the Wet Hair Look

You can’t flip through a September issue without seeing a masculine looking, hot-as-all-hell, gelled and slicked coif. From Abbey Lee’s return to the dark side with a razor sharp bob and deep side part in the Gucci campaign to an all-star wet-hair line up in Prada’s Steven Meisel lensed fall campaign: Christy, Catherine, Freja. After (barely) making it through that last heat wave in NYC a few weeks ago (there was a serious dehydration issue at a Jay-Z/JT concert) I decided I needed a plan of attack for the next time it’s 1,000 degrees and I can’t let one hair touch my face or I’ll throw up. All of this finally convinced me to give the slick a whirl.
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You can’t flip through a September issue without seeing a masculine looking, hot-as-all-hell, gelled and slicked coif. From Abbey Lee’s return to the dark side with a razor sharp bob and deep side part in the Gucci campaign to an all-star wet-hair line up in Prada’s Steven Meisel lensed fall campaign: Christy, Catherine, Freja. After (barely) making it through that last heat wave in NYC a few weeks ago (there was a serious dehydration issue at a Jay-Z/JT concert) I decided I needed a plan of attack for the next time it’s 1,000 degrees and I can’t let one hair touch my face or I’ll throw up. All of this finally convinced me to give the slick a whirl.
The writer modeling her slick 'do.

The writer modeling her slick 'do.

See the thing with short hair is there's no easy way to get your hair off your face. To get my hair into a ponytail I need a bunch of bobby pins, and half a can of Elnett. What I really need is another way to get those strands off my face--and I think I finally found it.

You can’t flip through a September issue without seeing a masculine looking, hot-as-all-hell, gelled and slicked coif. From Abbey Lee’s return to the dark side with a razor sharp bob and deep side part in the Gucci campaign to an all-star wet-hair line up in Prada’s Steven Meisel lensed fall campaign: Christy, Catherine, Freja. All of this finally convinced me to give the slick a whirl. After (barely) making it through that last heat wave in NYC a few weeks ago (there was a serious dehydration issue at a Jay-Z/JT concert) I decided I needed a plan of attack for the next time it’s 1,000 degrees and I can’t let one hair touch my face or I’ll throw up.

Abbey Lee Kershaw for Gucci

Abbey Lee Kershaw for Gucci

I decided to bust out the wet look at my girl’s birthday dinner. Before the party, I ran to the Walgreens near my apartment and with limited options went for Aussie’s Instant Freeze Sculpting Gel. The initial look was pretty awesome; slicked, shiny, and it stayed put. But after about an hour of wear, it started to dry out--the sides puffed out and the top got mad crunchy. I ended up staying out late and passing out in my makeup and gel helmet, but woke with a pleasant surprise (and moderate hangover) the next morning. My hair actually looked great!

Somehow in my sleep the crispy definition subsided, my hair flipped over into a deep side part and there was extra volume at my roots. Fabulous! I looked like a mix between Romy White and Madonna in her Bad Girl video. Clearly I need to wear gel out every night and be a “Bad girl drunk by six / Kissing someone else's lips [actually nope] / Smoked too many cigarettes today [guilty] / I'm not happy when I act this way [yes I am!]. "

After that night, the unofficial quest for the perfect, only-gel-I’ll-ever-need commenced. I wanted something with superb hold, that would also give my weave shine, moisturize, last all day and smell amazing, and I found it. Oribe’s Rock Hard Gel (the name is deceiving, it’s never too hard, except when it’s happy to see you). This stuff is so innovative because it’s a cream as well as a gel. Oribe describes it as a “modern, cream gel for intense hold” made of Argon and Shea oil, as well as a “Resin Complex [which] provides amazing, yet flexible, hold.”

It really is the perfect gel for a modern slicked look. It’s also great for setting a do like the aforementioned Madonna look. After prepping with Bumble and Bumble Prep, followed by Invisible Hairdressers Oil for a moisturized base, I squirt a dollop in my hand, comb through my hair, and with the desired part, set it in place, and voila!

Heat wave, I’m ready for you, and with a slicked back do, tanned skin, and a glossy bronze eye, I’m gonna look pretty fly.

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