How to Make My Curly Hair Look Wet Without Mousse

Keep curls looking shiny and defined all day using gel.
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The wet look suits curly hair by adding shine and definition, while creating a protective barrier against drying elements. Wet-look styling also saves time, cutting out the need for curling irons or hourly touchups. While mousse is a common product for achieving the wet look, you can also reach for gel and hairspray to keep curls in check.

Pour a quarter-sized amount of strong-hold gel into the palm of your hand, and rub your two hands together.

Smooth the gel through dry hair. Start at the roots and pull it toward the ends until all strands are coated.

Grab the ends of your hair and lightly scrunch them to define your curls. Work your way up to the roots, continuing to scrunch with your fingertips.

Pick up individual curls and wrap them around your index finger to add more definition. Hold each for five seconds, then allow it to drop. Concentrate on curls that frame your face.

Hold a can of medium-hold hairspray about 10 inches away from your head, and coat your hair to lock in the wet look.

  • Use your fingers -- rather than a comb or brush -- to gently comb through your hair after washing it to avoid disrupting your natural curl pattern.

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.