Just Add Water! 3 Easy DIYs For Wet Hair

We hate the idea of using blow-dryers when it's sweltering out. But we're also so bored with the usual post-pool ponytail. (That goes for our sloppy, throw-it-all-up-there topknot, too, for that matter.) And, unless you're going for the whole mermaid-chic thing, heading out on the town with a tossed-together topknot just isn't so slick. Wet hair poses a number of challenges, not the least of which is styling it quickly and easily.
In search of a way to make wet strands look cool, we turned to hair guru Adam Maclay — and boy, did he deliver. These three DIY styles are chic enough to wear straight to a party, and here's the best part: Like these other wet hairstyles, they're so easy, anyone can do 'em. See you in the water....
Modeled by Lily at Request Model Management; Hair by Adam Maclay; Makeup by Ashleigh Ciucci; Styled by Willow Lindley; Shot on location at Le Bain at The Standard, High Line.
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Wet hair already has texture, so you don't need to add any products, says Maclay. But, if you want a little more hold, work a lightweight gel into your hair, moving from roots to ends. Maclay is a fan of Hantz Professional Styling Glaze. "I love this product," he raves. "It has a light-to-medium hold and doesn't flake."

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The Chain-Link Chignon
Working from the nape of your neck, separate the lower third of your hair; clip the remainder of your hair above it. (Don't worry if the clipped hair isn't perfect — you'll be working with it shortly.) Separate the lower third of your hair into two sections, then tie a loose "knot" in the middle as shown.
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Continue to tie knots in this section of the hair, creating a chain-link effect. The loops should be loose — don't pull them tight!
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Wrapping your hair "chain" around your finger, twist it up to the nape of your neck. Secure it with bobby pins that match the color of your hair. (You can use clear elastics before pinning if you like, but Maclay says it's not necessary.)
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Let the rest of your hair down, then separate a section above your existing chignon. Section off smaller sections at the front right and front left. You'll come back to these later.
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Repeat the knotting process on the middle section of hair. (Again, the loops shouldn't be too tight.) Build a second twisted section adjacent to the first one.
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Let your clipped hair down, and then repeat the knotting, looping, and pinning process on each side.
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To finish, secure your chignon with bobby pins.
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The finished look is more intriguing than your average chignon, no?
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This elegant updo has a bonus: Later, when your hair dries, you'll have ringlets galore.

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A bright eyeliner and fruit-punch lip complete the look.
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Ready to go into the deep end of braiding? Yeah, you are.

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The Side Fishtail — With A Twist
"This beach-chic look is perfect for effortless style," says Maclay. "It's super-easy but looks complex. Plus, once it's dry, you can pull it apart and gently run your fingers through it for a perfect beachy texture."

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Apply Bumble and bumble Tonic Lotion from roots to ends. Create a deep side part — they've been all over the runways — and do a two-part twist through the fringe. Make sure it's soft, rather than tight to your head. Keep the other side slicked back.
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Stop the twist just behind your ear. Pull the hair into two main sections, gathering the sections to one side of your head.
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Create a fishtail braid with the two sections of hair. Not sure how to get it right? Our fishtail tutorial will walk you through the steps.
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Tie the end with an elastic.
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Loosen the braid by gently pulling the sides outward.
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Now, for the twist. For extra elegance, take the braid by the middle, and fold it up and under itself. Secure it in place with bobby pins.
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The finished look.
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Perk up an all-white ensemble with bright patterned wedges and an azure clutch.

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Ready for wherever the night takes you.
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The Half-Up, Half-Down 'Do
Okay, so what if you have almost no time at all to pull yourself together? This insanely quick style is for you.

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"This style is great for any woman on the go," Maclay says. "It's so fast, and adding colored bobby pins makes it more stylish."
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Using a comb, take a four-inch section of hair from the middle of your hairline, then pull it backward. Secure this section in back, making sure to use bobby pins that match your own hair color.
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Next, bring a section of hair from your left side over the center section. It should be taut and smooth.
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Place the left section over the center, then secure the hair with bobby pins.
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Do the same with the hair on the right side of your head. Repeat the process at least once, to create an overlapping, crisscrossed effect.
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Using colorful bobby pins — we used Remington's bright versions — secure the overlapping layers you've created.
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"This half-up, half-down style is unbelievably quick," Maclay says. Couldn't be easier, either.
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And, now you're ready to go!

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The finishing touch: a statement necklace.

Modeled by Lily at Request Model Management; Hair by Adam Maclay; Makeup by Ashleigh Ciucci; Styled by Willow Lindley.
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