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Trend on trial: Is Sacai’s sweeping wet-look fringe more slimy than chic?

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The miserable British weather means our hair is no stranger to taking an (often unplanned) soaking, but did trialing Sacai’s AW19 wet-look fringe make the team consider working a damp ‘do every day?

Lucy Partington, Stylist’s beauty editor says:

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I think I’d mentally blocked out this so-called trend we trialled. In fact, I’d completely forgotten we’d done it – so much so that when it came to writing this I (very loudly) exclaimed, “Oh god, no!” And really, I think that sums up my feelings towards it. This hairstyle is not flattering, and instead of looking cool and effortless on me, I just look like I’ve gone back to the days when I worked in McDonald’s and constantly had greasy, stringy hair (I was such a catch). In short, it’s a bloody big no from me. 

Hanna Ibraheem, Stylist’s beauty writer says:

trend on trial wet fringe

This look is not for me. It took copious amounts of gel to get my hair to stay in these stringy pieces and I had to do a lot of fiddling around to place each strand around my eyes. When I saw the finished result, I had flashbacks to my teenage years when I had a thick side fringe and got caught in the rain while walking home from school. I mean, how annoying is that section of hair draped down my face? 

Ava Welsing-Kitcher, Stylist’s Junior Beauty Writer says:

trend on trial wet fringe

I’m divided on this one. When I was slopping the gel onto my strands, they initially went poker straight (which looked stupid next to the rest of my hair) before they slowly curled up into an almost-cool, tousled wet look. Yes, the damp tendrils kept trailing traces of gel across my eyes and my forehead, but isn’t that the price you’ve got to pay for hair that looks like you’re on a beach in Rio instead of inside a photo booth in grey east London?

Verdict 

It’s pretty safe to say that wet, straggly strands across the face isn’t going to work for us. Reminiscent of dirty hair days and getting soaked in a downpour, the slick, edgy style of the Sacai models didn’t carry its cool factor over to us. The discomfort affected us more than anything – imagine having to navigate a catwalk with such impaired vision… 

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Ava Welsing-Kitcher is Stylist’s junior beauty writer and resident curly girl. She’s addicted to lip balm (who isn’t?!), wearing eyeshadow as blush and lipstick and all things hair.

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