Here’s the truth—it is hot AF out. While I apologize to you, the reader, and my mom for my language, simply saying “Oh gee, it’s toasty,” does not adequately describe the physical and emotional response I have anytime I have to leave the confines of my apartment’s A/C.
Part of the angst that comes with facing this heat has to do with the stress of getting dressed for it. I mean what is the point, really? I know any outfit that has any form of sleeve and/or isn’t 100 percent cotton will have instant sweat stains. And it is a guarantee that my make-up will go from fresh-faced to dewy to straight-up running down my cheek in the matter of three minutes.
Enter: the wet hair look. For so long, I was totally against it. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for the casual-cool look. But, to me, the wet hair look took the whole, “I woke up like this” concept to a new level. Pretty sure Beyoncé was not suggesting going straight from the shower to the sidewalk. I would argue flawless and completely effortless are not the same thing. So, I would wake up early, blow dry (cough, cough, dry shampoo like crazy) my hair. Before long, my hair would either i. end up in a top knot or ii. so sweaty that it would look like I just jumped in a pool (and not in a glamorous, model way).
Then I had a fashion epiphany (which are the best kind of epiphanies, am I right?). If I take a shower, go through all the blow drying effort only to look like I just took a shower, why not cut out the middle man?
So I embraced the wet hair look and let me tell you: game changer. First of all, no more fussing in the morning means I have so much more time in the morning for far more important things (like sleep and eggs). And remember my fear of leaving my A/C? Wet hair is pretty much a portable cooling system that isn’t tacky nor does it require you to carry a small fan.
Perhaps most important about the wet hair look is how on trend it is. It seems like every Fashionista, celebrity and blogger is literally dowsing her beach waves and opting for a wet mane instead. When properly executed, the look is sleek and super polished. And contrary to my prior convictions, you don’t have to have passerbys worry that you are running late. Wet hair can look cool and purposeful.
I am still in a very committed relationship with my air-conditioner. But now, I have a new attitude to beating the summer heat: wet hair, don’t care.
What’s your take on the wet hair look? Love it or hate it? Sound off on social media using the hashtag #collegefashionista!