Get ready fast with 7 easy hairstyle tutorials for wet hair

by Hair Romance on June 24, 2014 · 40 comments

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Hair Romance - 7 hairstyle tutorials you can do in wet hair

Some days dry shampoo just won’t cut it.

You need to wash your hair but those precious minutes you used to apply a conditioning treatment mean you don’t have time to style your hair.

Now I normally wouldn’t recommend going out with wet hair but sometimes there’s no other option.

That’s when you need some chic and easy hairstyles you can do in wet hair.

If you like to go the the gym in your lunch break, these hairstyles are also a fast way to get back to work in time.

Or in summer, when you’ve been swimming, these styles are simple enough to do poolside. All you need are a few bobby pins and maybe a hair elastic or two. You’ll be ready for sunset drinks before you know it.

Try my 7 easy hairstyle tutorials you can do in wet hair and let me know which is your fave look.

Wet Hairstyle Tutorial – Low Twist & Pin Buns

Hair Romance - Hairstyle tutorials for wet hair - the low twist bun
The low Twist & Pin buns are probably my favourite hairstyle for wet hair. This style smooths down the top half of my hair but leaves loose waves in the ends of my hair when it dries.

You can see my video tutorial of the Twist & Pin buns here or see my step-by-step instructions below.


You’ll need: Bobby pins

  1. Comb your hair back and split it into three equal sections.
  2. Twist the middle section down and loop it around into a bun at the nape of your neck. Pin in place with bobby pins.
  3. Do the same with the right section, twisting it into a mini bun next to the first bun. Secure it with bobby pins. I like to weave a pin through both buns to make sure they stay in place.
  4. Twist the left section into a matching bun and pin it level with the other two buns.

Hair Romance - wet hair styles - the triple twist bun

The bonus with three buns is that your hair dries faster than when it’s twisted into a single bun so this style if perfect if you have thick hair. You can even style four or five buns if you like.

Wet Hairstyle Tutorial – The High Ponytail

Hair Romance - Hairstyle tutorials for wet hair - the high ponytail

When your hair is wet, embrace sleek styles like this simple high ponytail. Just remember to do my trick to remove comb lines from your hair.


You’ll need: A strong hair elastic, or hair bungee

  1. Gather your hair high on the crown of your head.
  2. Use a comb to smooth your hair and get rid of any lumps and bumps.
  3. Then use your hand to smooth away the comb marks. Run your fingers or the side of your hand over your hair to flatten any comb marks in your hair.
  4. Secure your ponytail with a strong hair elastic or wrap a hair bungee around to hold your ponytail in place.

Wet Hairstyle Tutorial – The Fishtail Ponytail

Hair Romance - Hairstyle tutorials for wet hair - the fishtail ponytail

Take your ponytail up a notch with this simple fishtail braid. And yes, I said simple! Fishtail braids look more complicated than they are to do.


You’ll need: A strong hair elastic, or hair bungee and a small clear hair elastic

  1. Put your hair in a high ponytail following the tutorial above.
  2. Split your ponytail in two. Hold one side in each hand and keep these separate as you braid.
  3. Cross a small section from the left to the right. Take a small piece of hair from the left side of the left ponytail and combine it with the right ponytail.
  4. Repeat on the right. Take a small piece of hair from the right side of the right ponytail and combine it with the left ponytail.
  5. Repeat this process all the way down the ponytails. Each time, cross a small piece of hair from one ponytail to the other side. As you move down the ponytail they cross over, forming the fishtail braid.
  6. Tie the end and stretch it out. Secure the end of your fishtail braid with a small, clear elastic. Gently pull at the sides of the braid to stretch it out. This makes your hair look thicker and fuller, and emphasises the shape of the braid.

Hair Romance - wet hair styles - the fishtail pony

You can also try this fishtail braid in a low ponytail or in a side ponytail too. Don’t forget to stretch it out as this really shows the braid. As your hair dries you can mess up the braid a little more to add texture to your fishtail. I do love a messy fishtail braid.

Wet Hairstyle Tutorial – The Fishtail Bun

Hair Romance - Hairstyle tutorials for wet hair - the fishtail bun

I love the fishtail on its own, but if you work somewhere more corporate, you’ll love this bun version.


You’ll need: A strong hair elastic or hair bungee, a small clear hair elastic and bobby pins

  1. Place your hair in a high ponytail and fishtail braid as per my tutorials above.
  2. Stretch out the braid and make sure your ponytail is tight so that it won’t drop as your hair dries.
  3. Curve your braid around to form a bun. Make sure to tuck the ends underneath so that they don’t poke out of the finished bun.
  4. Pin in place with bobby pins.

Hair Romance - wet hair styles - the fishtail bun

I love how the fishtail creates more texture and interest than a regular bun. It also makes your hair dry with a nice wave when you take your hair down later. If you don’t have time to do the fishtail braid, a normal three-strand braid will also look great.

Wet Hairstyle Tutorial – The Sleek Low Bun

Hair Romance - Hairstyle tutorials for wet hair - the low bun

The easiest chic style for wet hair is the classic low bun. Like the high ponytail, embrace the sleek when your hair is wet and smooth away all comb marks for this simple look.


You’ll need: A strong hair elastic, or hair bungee and bobby pins

  1. Comb your hair back and secure your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck.
  2. Twist your ponytail tightly and wrap it around to form a low bun.
  3. Tuck the ends of your hair under and pin in place with bobby pins.
  4. Smooth any bumps with your comb. Try not to leave big gaps like I did this time!
  5. Run your hand over any comb marks to flatten them out.

Hair Romance - wet hair styles - the low bun

Similar to my first tutorial, the Low Twist & Pin Buns, this bun smooths the top of your hair but leaves a nice wave from the shoulders down. If your hair is thick you may find it takes a while to dry in this tightly twisted bun. That’s where the loose triple bun comes in.

Wet Hairstyle Tutorial – The Loose Triple Bun

Hair Romance - Hairstyle tutorials for wet hair - the loose triple bun

My hair takes forever to dry in tight hairstyles so this loose triple bun is a great solution. It leaves messier waves in my hair when I take it down. I like to use a sea salt spray in dry hair to further texturise my hair to make it look more beachy.


You’ll need: Bobby pins

  1. Split your hair into three sections – the top section is across your head above your ears and split the bottom sections in half down the middle of your head. Clip the top section out of the way for now.
  2. Twist the bottom left section up and around into a loose bun. Depending on how long your hair is, you can fold your hair or make a figure-8 shape. Pin in place with bobby pins.
  3. Repeat on the bottom right section. Loosely twist your hair to create a bun and pin in place with bobby pins.
  4. Unclip the top section and loosely rake your fingers through your hair so that your hair isn’t flat against your head.
  5. Twist the top section loosely into a bun on top of the other buns and pin in place with bobby pins.

Hair Romance - wet hair styles - the loose triple bun

These loose buns are a perfect summer style as they encourage some curl but it doesn’t look too formal. It will also dry faster as it’s not flat against your head. If you take your hair down when it’s about 80% dry, you can twist your hair into smaller ringlets to help shape the curls at the ends of your hair.

Wet Hairstyle Tutorial – The Side Twist Bun

Hair Romance - Hairstyle tutorials for wet hair - the side twist bun

I like the shape this rope twist creates around your face. It will help to create some waves in your hair and you can make it as tight or loose as you like. Modify the side bun to suit your hair. You can keep it sleek and more formal, or just leave it messy.


You’ll need: A hair elastic and bobby pins

  1. Make a deep side part on the right and comb your hair over to the left.
  2. Start your rope twist at your part line. Take a 1-inch section of hair and twist it under a 1-inch section of hair from your hairline.
  3. Twist the sections together, then twist them under the next section of hair from your hairline.
  4. Keep adding in section of hair from your hairline and keep twisting your hair back away from your face.
  5. Once you have passed your ear, combine the twist with the rest of your hair to create a side ponytail.
  6. Twist your ponytail around to form a side bun. Keep this bun as neat or as messy as you like. Pin in place with bobby pins.

Hair Romance - wet hair styles - the side twist bun

For more hairstyle inspiration, check out my 30 Days of Twist & Pin Hairstyles ebook. Full of everyday style inspiration, it only takes a few bobby pins to get your hair under control.

What’s your favourite hairstyle to do in wet hair? How do you style your hair when you’re short on time?

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Agneta June 24, 2014 at 6:01 am

Great! This one goes to my favorites!


Hair Romance June 26, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Thanks Agneta! x


Tracy June 24, 2014 at 6:21 am

Ooh I am about to get my 2 month summer holidays (am a teacher) and this time of year I only let my hair dry naturally so every 2nd or 3rd day I wash and go so I am really looking forward to trying these hairstyles and have them down by the time school starts back. At the moment, I either put it into a loose side braid or rope braid. Curls actually tend to come out in pretty good shape from both, but my mop is so thick it generally needs to be taken down to fully dry so maybe that also helps. Roll on Friday until I can start trying these out :-)


Hair Romance June 26, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Enjoy the break Tracy! Let me know which ones work best in your hair :)


Casey June 24, 2014 at 10:47 am

I always do a sleek high pony when I have wet hair, but I am loving the look of the side twist bun. Definitely going to add some of these to my wet hair repertoire!! // timidlioness


Hair Romance June 26, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Thanks Casey! x


Smaggle June 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm

You god damn genius. I love this. x


Hair Romance June 26, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Awww thanks Smags! xx


Jaelan June 26, 2014 at 1:57 am

Those are perfect and look so easy. I’m definitely going to try them out.


Hair Romance June 26, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Thanks so much Jaelan :)


Gina June 28, 2014 at 5:08 am

I absolutely love the 1st, 6th & 7th. Usually when I have wet hair I either puy my hair in a basic French or Dutch braid. Sometimes I do them in pigtail braids.Then, when I take my hair down I get this lovely wavy/curly look for the rest of the day.But I definitely plan on trying these new styles soon!


Hair Romance June 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Thanks Gina! I love basic braids for wet hair too. The waves they create are lovely x


Gina July 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

Just tried #6 and it looks so cute! But since I have super thick hair I had to braid each section to make sure the pins stay in place. I’m definitely going to be using this style often ♥


Kathy June 30, 2014 at 12:31 am

SOME days? Every day for me!!


Hair Romance June 30, 2014 at 11:28 am

haha Kathy! That’s why I love dry shampoo so much too ;)


Renee July 3, 2014 at 9:49 am

These are brilliant! I have extremely long mermaid length hair (we’re talking about five inches past the top of my hips) of course it’s very thick and wavy to boot. I was getting very tired of the wet hair massive low bun every four days. I can’t wait to try these out! My hair might actually dry in 24 hours this way :)


Hair Romance July 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

Whoa! Your hair is so long Renee! Sounds amazing!


Renee July 3, 2014 at 11:37 am

I’ll have to see if I can snap a picture of it for you :)


Crystal July 13, 2014 at 10:21 pm

I tried the side twist bun last week when I was running late for work, and it worked perfectly! I have lots of layers and they didn’t fall out, plus a bonus of gorgeous waves when I took it out.


Hair Romance July 13, 2014 at 10:34 pm

yay! that’s awesome Crystal xx


The Queen of Dreaming July 15, 2014 at 10:38 pm

I usually go for number 2-3 or 4, but I’ll try all the others now ;)


Hair Romance July 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Thank you! Have fun with your hair xx


Diana July 16, 2014 at 8:50 am

These are so cute! I also just wanted to say that I looooove your hair coloring!


Hair Romance July 16, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Thanks Diana! x


SKAE July 17, 2014 at 5:28 am

Love the braid. I hold my wet head over – gather the hair in a ponytail at about the middle of the head.Loosley turn spiral Stand up keeping a hold on the hair. Clip it, leaving hair for a tousled look which will cover the clip. The end result looks like a french bun with a tousle. (you can tuck the extra in the bun if you do not like the loose ends/tossle


Hair Romance July 17, 2014 at 11:56 am

that’s a great idea for wet hair, love it x


Jenna July 18, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Love the hairstyles, but love the color more. Do you have any DIY tips for achieving a similar color effect at home?


Hair Romance July 21, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Thanks Jenna xx You could use a pink semi permanent colour on the underneath section of your hair. I do have a DIY pink highlights tutorial which uses clip ins


Erin July 19, 2014 at 11:19 pm

I especially love the last one because I have long bangs which look absolutely AWFUL air-dried! I feel like that would be a fantastic way to get them out of my face and looking pretty, wet hair or not. Now I’ve just got to figure out how to do it… :)


Hair Romance July 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Thanks Erin, you should definitely try it :)


Tiffany July 20, 2014 at 9:51 pm

I did the loose triple bun yesterday when it was just too hot to bring a blow dryer anywhere near my head. It worked beautifully! Stayed in place all day and resulted in big soft curls. Thanks so much for the styling tips!


Hair Romance July 21, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Thanks for trying it Tiffany and thanks for letting me know how it worked :)


Kathleen July 24, 2014 at 12:07 am

Thanks so much for these! You mentioned your trick for getting rid of comb lines, but I couldn’t find what the trick is. Maybe I missed it. Can you tell me where you wrote about it? Thank you and I adore your website :)


Hair Romance July 30, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Hi Kathleen, I just run the edge of my hand over the comb marks to smooth them


Autumn August 27, 2014 at 5:36 am

I never (rarely) blow my thick hair dry and I wash it every day. I have super healthy hair, but it is always wet in the morning. This is great! I never know what to do with it.


Mel August 31, 2014 at 9:16 am

I would recommend NOT to put a ponytail on wet hair as it will cause breakage because hair shrinks as it dries! Try different braids instead!


Sachi September 11, 2014 at 4:28 pm

When I had long hair I would always go with a simple braid! It would my hair so nice and wavy. But now just a high ponytail or what I call a twist and clip. It’s not long enough for most braids but I can’t wait to grow it out again!


Hair Romance September 11, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Love the waves you get from a simple braid too :)


Donna September 13, 2014 at 12:30 am

This is perfect! When I let my hair air dry it looks like I’ve been electrocuted, I’ve been twisting it into a simple bun or doing a braid of some kind. I’ll definitely have to try some of these styles. Thank you!

Could you pretty PLEASE do a post on your hair colour? I absolutely love it.


Hair Romance September 13, 2014 at 7:42 am

Thanks Donna! You can find more pics of my hair colour here – I’m not sure how to describe it but my colourist is Stevie of Stevie English Hair. He used 3 or 4 different colours to create the sections underneath. I’ve now gone a little more red and I don’t have the crazy colour underneath anymore. This hair was so much fun!


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