Sofia Richie Grainge recently showed her 3.4 million TikTok followers how to achieve her signature sleek bun straight out of the shower. The Angeleno’s “lazy-girl hairstyle” tutorial has since racked up 28.2 million views.
One of the benefits of working with still-wet hair is that “you can do a quick style if you’re in a rush,” says Kathleen Riley, the pro behind Richie-Grainge’s wedding weekend looks. Perhaps the speed and control afforded by slick strands is why pros at shows like Khaite, Sandy Liang, and Jason Wu opted for dewy knots, glistening mermaid waves, and sodden side bangs on the Spring 2024 catwalks.
While you can’t exactly step out of the shower and walk down the aisle, red carpet, or runway, there are easy ways to get the look—and none require a blow dryer. Keep reading to find out how to come through drippin’.
Use a brush (preferably one with boar and/or nylon bristles) to “slick everything down” and a fine-tooth tail comb to sculpt and divide strands, says Lee. Three easy ways to wear the look:
For a sleek chignon: Get Richie-Grainge’s bridal bun using Riley’s technique. Start with a center part, then create two front sections by dividing strands behind each ear. Gather the rest of your hair into a low ponytail and secure with a fabric band (like those from Slip). Use a brush to slick the front sections back and join them with the pony, securing each side with a no-snag elastic. Twist or braid the tail, wind it into a bun, and pin in place.
For glossy curls: Rake a curl serum through strands with a wide-tooth comb or fingers and follow with gel to seal in the shape and lock out frizz. Define curls by wrapping them around your finger to create ringlets, says Lee. Allow hair to air-dry. If your texture has a tendency to “shrink,” Swain recommends applying a shine mist or oil as needed.
For a sexy slick-back: Apply oil and gel. Brush both formulas through hair to evenly coat strands. Rake hair back with a fine-tooth comb, add more oil for extra sheen, and set with hairspray.