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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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.

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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