Two years ago, I grew out my hair in preparation for my wedding. The moment the festivities were over, the first thing I wanted to do was to chop it all off. I started with shoulder-length layers and then worked my way up to an even shorter cut when last year’s hot summer months approached. I’ve since maintained a length between a bob and a lob (as you’ve probably seen in my past columns!). But the truth is, I have only really appreciated my hair recently when I started experimenting with different styles.
I’ve done bedhead beach-waves, the deep side part, hair clips and headbands—you name it! But then I ventured even further. My latest hair adventure? That sleek, slicked-back “wet look” on all the red carpets.
Here’s the verdict: it was the easiest hairstyle of all to pull off, not to mention, so of-the-moment! To prove it, let me walk you through my super simple three-step process.

You’ll need:

  • A hair mousse – I like TRESemmé’s Salon Finish Extra Control Mousse for hold
  • A gel, pomade, or shaping paste – I’m using Davines’ Defining Shine Pomade, which gives a slick and glossy effect after application
  • A shine enhancing product – I’m using a hair oil by Bedhead/TIGI, the aptly-named Rock Out Shine Blaster

    Now follow these steps!

    STEP 1: Apply your mousse onto slightly damp or towel-dried hair. Use your fingers to create the texture and the shape you want—I start with a middle-to-side part. Work the product all the way to the ends of your tresses.
    STEP 2: Take a dollop of the defining pomade and spread it across your fingers before brushing it through your strands. I’ve found it best to use my fingers, rather than a brush or comb, to achieve the semi-messy texture I want. At this point, I part my hair a little deeper and lift it slightly for volume. Let the gel set with a cool blast from your blow-dryer—or simply let it air-dry.
    STEP 3: The shine serum is the finishing touch! I apply this oil onto the ends of my hair strands to give them a bit of polish.
    Since most of the product is concentrated up top, it’s good not to neglect the ends as well.
    Ta-da! A slicked-back ‘do for lazy days when blow-drying and heat-styling are too hot to handle. Yes, girls, you can pull this off.
    Photos courtesy of Lyca Puno-Roa