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Trending Now: Wet Mop Hairstyle

January 26, 2022

1 Min read

You know those TikToks where guys show their glow ups in two pictures?  Well, there’s a 99% chance that in the second “glow up” photo, he’s got a wet mop haircut. It’s not as cringe as it sounds, promise! There’s just something about a tousled head of hair that has been associated with hot people since the dawn of time. Anyway… The wet mop hairstyle is everywhere, not just TikTok, and while the name might be drawn from the messy, piece-y look of a wet mop, it looks a lot better than the name might suggest. When you get into it, there is actually some method behind the madness.

The wet mop hairstyle can be achieved in two ways. The first is simply by growing out a classic short cut and not brushing it (Okay, maybe brush it but do not slick it back). And two, bring a picture of a young ‘90s A-lister to your hairdresser. Some stylists like to describe the wet mop hairstyle as similar to a bowl cut. But never fear, while it does have the same all around length as a bowl cut, it’s without the insanely blunt edges that make the bowl cut so severe.  

See, the wet mop hairstyle is all about messy, just got out of bed energy, but in an intentional way. Because of this, it also looks its best with a little volume. That’s why the wet mop hairstyle looks great on curly and wavy hair. Straight hair can work it too, especially if you’re willing to add in a little mouse, texturizing spray, or dry shampoo and scrunch up your ends for extra fluff. Also! Face shapes that look great with bangs definitely want to give this style a try. That’s because the hair dangling in front of the eyes is one of the most important components of the wet mop look. It can be a full wispy bang, or just a couple of choice threads, but having some strands to smolder through is essential if you want to achieve the mysterious wet mop hairstyle.

Wet mop hairstyle inspo

man with wavy hair
@noah.boulton’s subtle wave perfectly encapsulates the wet mop hairstyle.
man with blonde, wavy hair
@aimwagemans’s golden locks are perfectly tousled.
man with dark, brown curly hair
@thebjornante’s curls are flourishing with this cut.
man with longer, brown hair
@marissachandlerhair brought out her client’s wavy texture with this mop hairstyle.
man with curly, brown hair
@charlieculleneducation created a perfectly shaggy ‘60s shape on his client.



Lee Phillips is a freelance New York based storyteller across mediums. With a BFA in writing from The New School, Phillips uses language to convey her personal truths and imagine new worlds in fiction, poetry, screen writing and non-fiction. Her non-fiction can be found in office Magazine, CryBaby Zine, Period Space, Chanel Void, Editorial Magazine, 10011 Magazine and includes editorial work for brands. Her creative writing is published in Unvaeled Journal, Rookie Magazine, and her poetry book, “Nowhere Words,”  published in September of 2020.  In all of her work, she believes in creating content that engages viewers through shared experience and authentic narratives, rather than elitism or insecurity. Follow her instagram @c.har.lee for more.

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