Everything I Learned from Trying the Wet Look on Type 4 Natural Hair

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Jul. 28, 2020

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The wet look has become a trend with celebrities and influencers alike and everyone with curly hair has been trying it out. What is the wet look? If you have no idea what the wet look is, it’s a style that makes your look wet when it’s actually dry. This looks can be achieved by applying copious amounts of hair products such as gel, mousse and creams. This Weighs your hair down creating a slick look. Once the products dry, your hair will keep that signature wet and wavy look. 
The Process
I started out with clean, freshly washed and conditioned hair. I started working in small sections and kept a spray bottle near in order to keep my hair saturated. I started out with a curling custard in order to keep my hair moisturized and clicked down, then detangled and worked the product in using a comb. I started applying the gel working my way up from the back. I used a maximum hold gel for extra hold. I then used an oil mixture to spray on my hair for that shiny look. My mixture consisted of sweet almond oil and an essential oil like lavender oil. I used some edge control to style my baby hairs, then wrapped them with a satin scarf for a few minutes. I let my hair air dry and sprayed it with oil to restore shine. 
What Did I learn?
  • Don’t be afraid of using too much product – After letting my hair dry, I realized using a little more product would have given me a better result and helped my hair lay a little flatter. Although I would never regularly be so heavy handed with gels and mousses, it’s almost necessary for this style. Next time I try this style out, I’ll be saturating every strand with product. 
  • Hair density/texture matters – This look has been attempted on many different hair densities and textures and I’ve personally seen the best results on low-density, thin hair. High-density, thick hair just doesn’t hang the same way low-density hair does regardless of how much product you use. This doesn’t mean you can’t try this style if you have thick hair, just remember that you probably won’t achieve that super flat, sleek look you’re going for. Thick hair is great for more voluminous styles, but when it comes to a more slicked back, weighed down look hair density makes a huge difference in the results. 
  •  Invest in a hooded dryer – While sitting there for hours waiting for my hair to dry, I realized that a hooded dryer may not be a bad idea. If you have thick, curly hair then you understand the pain of waiting for your hair to dry. Just imagine how much longer that would take when you add tons of product on top of it. Even after a few days, underneath my hair was still damp! Using a hooded dryer helps the style set much faster and stay in place. 
  • Don’t be afraid to adjust the method – Everyone’s hair reacts differently to products and some may only need two products while others need five. There are so many variations to the wet look method and understanding your hair will help you know what will work for you. Make sure to listen to your hair and change the method if needed. Styling natural hair is not a one-size-fits-all, each hair type needs different products, methods and styling tools to get similar results. 
  • Your hair won’t always do what you want – Everyone’s hair is unique and that means you may not end up with the look you wanted. Although my hair did not lay as flat as I wanted or stay shiny as long as I wanted it to, that doesn’t mean my hair is less than. Type 4 hair can achieve plenty of other beautiful styles that other hair types can’t. It’s important that you accept your hair for what it can do and explore the styles you love. 
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