No Time To Blowdry? You Need These 4 Wet-Hair Looks

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There are mornings when you wake up late and can fix your hair with a blast of dry shampoo or a low ponytail. Easy. Done. But other mornings (you know the ones), you have no choice but to wash your hair — and don’t have time to blowdry or even air-dry it before work.

Well, go ahead and hop in the shower, because we’ve got you covered. Hairstylist Matt Fugate showed us how to turn soaking wet, just-turned-off-the-faucet hair into something that’s sleek, sharp, and elegant. You can style each look from home or the gym bathroom — minimal product required — and be out the door in five minutes flat.

Click ahead to find four looks that are a far cry from the I-slept-through-my-alarm messy bun. They’re so chic, in fact, your coworkers might wonder where you found the time.
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Upside-Down French Twist
It’s time to take all your preconceived notions about French twists (stiff, prissy, out-of-touch) and turn them on their head. Literally. For this look, Fugate worked backwards — rolling the twist down the head instead of up to create a cool, unfussy version.
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Start by working several handfuls of mousse (Fugate likes Shu Uemura Ample Angora) into wet hair from roots to ends. “This gives the hair a separated, ethereal texture that doesn’t look too polished,” he says.
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Gather all the hair at the crown of the head like you were going to make a ponytail and — this is the really important part — roll it down toward the nape of the neck. “With traditional French twists, you roll up to create height. But this is lower and more lopsided. Have fun with it,” says Fugate.
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Tuck any remaining hair up into the twist and insert four to five large, U-shaped pins to secure the style. As you pin, slide them through the edge of the roll and back into the seam in a quick right-to-left motion to keep them from falling out.
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Finish by gently massaging the top and sides of your head with your fingers. “This breaks up the hair and really gives it that carefree quality,” says Fugate.

Model's own earrings.
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And you're out the door!
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Chic Loop
The loop is the chignon’s cool, older sister, and by far one of the most popular looks on recent runways. “It’s beautiful. dramatic, chic, flirty, and serious all at once,” says Fugate. “It’s the anti-bun.”

JvdF Twisted Hoop earrings.
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Unlike the messy twist, this look is all about precision. Create a strong center part and comb a shine spray (if you have straight hair) or a flexible gel (if your hair is thick, wavy, or curly) from roots to tips.
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Brush your hair into a super tight ponytail at the nape. “That creates a beautiful silhouette along the neck,” says Fugate. As you secure the ponytail with an elastic, only pull your hair halfway through on the last rotation to form a loop.
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You should have at least two or three inches of hair left at the ends. (If you have long hair, this it'll be more like four to five inches.) Holding the loop in one hand and the ends in the other, wrap the remaining hair around the base.
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Slide in two to three bobby pins to secure the hair — criss-crossing them underneath the elastic just like you would if you were wrapping a piece of hair around a ponytail. “That little detail is what turns this from a gym-look into something special,” says Fugate.
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Finish by working a bit of gel or shine spray between your hands and smoothing it over the top of the head to calm any frizz. The glossier this style looks, the better.
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Segmented Bun
Sure, you could pull your hair into a simple, braided bun. But what’s the fun in that? “The sleek parting and cool definition is what gives this style attitude,” says Fugate. “It looks intentional, like you put thought into it.”
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Smooth styling cream through the hair and use a comb to divide it into three clean sections from the hairline to the neck. Brush each section back into a low, tight ponytail, positioning the center ponytail slightly above the other two, and secure each with small, black elastic. That's it, style over. (Just kidding.)
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Take all three ponytails and braid them into a simple three-strand plait, tying it off at the ends.
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Wrap the braid up and around into a bun shape, covering the top elastic but allowing the two side elastics to peek through. “Seeing those black elastics give it a cool, sporty vibe,” says Fugate.
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Pin the bun in place with bobby pins, but leave out the tail end of the braid. Work some gel through it and style it so it falls sharply to one side for a graphic finish.
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Double-check your work in a double mirror. Pretty fly, right?
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Four-Strand Braid
You’ve mastered French braids and fishtails, but if you really want to impress people with your skills, it’s time to take on the four-strand braid. Bonus: its cool rope-texture conceals the fact that your hair is wet.

Rodebjer scarf.
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Brush your hair and gather it all behind your shoulders, then divide it into four sections. Depending on your hair type, work some shine spray (for fine hair), cream (for wavy or thick hair) or gel (for coarse or curly hair) through it. Full disclosure: the next steps get a bit complicated, so we’re going to keep them short and simple.
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Take the second section of hair from the left and cross it all the way over to the right.
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Still holding the section to the right, take the remaining two sections on the left and twist them.
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Repeat on the other side — crossing the far right section over to the left and twisting the two remaining sections.
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The braid will begin to take on a ropey texture that looks the same from all sides. Pretty cool, right?
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Tie it off with a clear elastic. If the hair at the nape starts to droop, slide some pins through the back of the braid and into the scalp. It will create a cool twisted effect, as seen here.
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Finish with some shine spray to make the braid look extra polished.

Pro Tip: If your hair needs some TLC, Fugate suggests working a deep conditioning mask through the hair prior to braiding. No one will know and you’ll have smoother, healthier hair when you take it out at the end of the day.
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Photographed by Christine Hahn; Hair by Matt Fugate / Exclusive Artists; Makeup by Carrie LaMarca / Artists by Timothy Priano; Styled by Courtney Raniszewski; Nails by Isadora Ruis / Artists by Timothy Priano; Modeled by Bree / JAG Models
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