On Sun. evening, red-carpet favorites flocked to Los Angeles for the 2018 People's Choice Awards. As expected, the night was chock-full of inspiration-worthy outfits (read: Mila Kunis' strappy black dress), but it was Scarlett Johansson's wet-hair look that really stole the show. The actor opted for the prettiest, low-key slick back, proving just how versatile short hair really is. The best part? Johansson might have just found the easiest, fuss-free way to style a lob come holiday season.
Johansson arrived at the Barker Hangar wearing one of the biggest celebrity trends of the season. Rather than the traditional red-carpet route (read: a long, flowy gown), the actor opted for a pair of high-waisted black pants. She paired the ensemble with a red houndstooth bustier by Versace, a gold-accented belt, and classic black pumps for a look that was equal parts casual yet sophisticated. The finishing touch, of course, was her cool, slicked-back hair.
Johansson collaborated with Suave celebrity hairstylist Jenny Cho to get the perfect wet-hair look. Cho, who was also the mastermind behind Emilia Clarke's choppy pixie, knew she wanted to create something statement-making for Johansson. "My inspiration was simply Scarlett. Strong and feminine, just like her!" Cho told The Zoe Report over email.
The wet-hair look has been a celebrity-favorite hairstyle for quite a few seasons now, but Cho made Johansson's look fresh by adding plenty of volume to her roots. Although wet hairstyles look complex, they're actually quite easy to recreate — especially if you're working with a long bob like Johansson's.
When recreating a wet-hair look at home, it's important to find the sweet spot between a glossy and greasy texture. According to Cho, there's an easy trick to make sure you don't fall down the greasy path when piling on your hair products.
"The difference between wet versus greasy is to apply your products on wet hair," she explains. Basically, you'll want your hair texture to soak up the products as it dries. "When products are applied on dry hair, your texture might have a tendency to go greasy," Cho adds.
"To create this look at home, you have to have right products — both a cream and gel," Cho says. Lucky for you, The Zoe Report went ahead and rounded up the exact products Cho used on Johansson — including a $3 frizz cream — along with the tips and tricks you'll need to recreate the look yourself. Shop them, all, ahead, and prepare to wear the wet-hair look to all of your holiday parties this season.
Recreate The Look
Again working one inch at a time, Cho sprayed R+CO's defining gel throughout Johansson's hair. She then brushed the actor's lob into a loose side part, smoothing her texture into a sleek finish down the sides and through the back. Cho sprayed more of the formula around the front of Johansson's head, scrunching the top to create natural-looking lift and volume. The look was then set with a quick blow dry.
Editor's note: This post has been updated to reflect Jenny Cho's correct title.