Wet-look hair: Get the trending red-carpet style at home

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Kourtney Kardashian and Naomi Scott at the Oscars
Kourtney Kardashian (left) and Naomi Scott (right) at the Oscars on Sunday night. Photo: Getty

Wet-look hair was a clear trend as stars hit the red carpet at the Oscars this week.

From Kourtney Kardashian and Aladdin star Naomi Scott, who wore their bobbed haircuts in a neat side part on the red carpet, to Ciara and model Hunter Schafer who wore their longer tresses slicked back to the Vanity Fair after party - the wet-look is sleek and chic right now.

Ciara and Hunter Schafer at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party
Ciara (left) and Hunter Schafer (right) at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party. Photo: Getty

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Here's how to recreate the wet-look successfully, without your hair looking greasy or crunchy:

1. Towel dry your hair by blotting, not rubbing, so it doesn't go frizzy.

When it's around 60% dry, comb with a wide tooth comb and leave it damp.

Florence Pugh and Millie Bobby Brown at BAFTAs in black outfits and with wet-look hair.
Florence Pugh and Millie Bobby Brown showed off their wet-look hair at the BAFTAs earlier this month. Photo: Getty

2. Choose a high-shine hair gel, such as Bouclème Super Hold Styler, $30, and mix it with a tiny bit of shine cream, such as Redken Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk, $38.

Smooth it all the way through and comb.

Pink and white tube of Bouclème Super Hold Styler, $30
Black and gold bottle of Redken Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk, $38

3. Mix a shine pomade, such as ELEVEN Australia Slick Hold Styling Pomade, $19.96, with some wax to hold the hair in place.

Oribe Rough Luxury Moulding Wax, $40.43, will give texture and hold without crispiness.

When the two are mixed in the palm of your hand, smooth it through your hair.

Cream tub of ELEVEN Australia Slick Hold Styling Pomade with orange writing.

4. If you're slicking back a short pixie-style do, use a wide-tooth comb for a more relaxed vibe, or a fine-tooth comb for a sleeker look. If your hair is curly, just use your fingers to style it.

Black angular tub of Oribe Rough Luxury Moulding Wax, $40.43 with gold writing.

5. If you have longer hair with a side part, use a few hair grips, like these Lady Jayne Bobby Pins, $4.49, behind the ear.

This will secure your hair if some of the product starts to wear off.

To tie back wet-look hair, comb through once you've applied your product, then use a subtle hairband.

To complete the look, give an extra spritz of shine; ghd Shiny ever after final shine spray, $35, gives hair a final glossy layer for the perfect wet-look up-do.

blue cardboard pack of Lady Jayne Bobby Pins, $4.49,
Lady Jayne Bobby Pins, $4.49. Photo: Chemist Warehouse

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