Slick back hair: 9 ways to rock wet-look strands like the stars

Beth | 20 July 2017
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Glossy, fierce and totally on-trend, find out how to rock the slick back hair trend like Dua & co.

 

Thanks to the Kardashian/Jenner clan (plus other stars like Gigi Hadid and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), the trend for slick back hair has never been more sought after. Traditionally a male-orientated look, it’s now equally loved, if not even more, by women – and personally, we’re totally on board with this edgy, wet-look style!

Now, you’d be forgiven for thinking this style is best left on the red carpet. However, we’ve been keeping tabs on all of the slick back hair looks we’ve been seeing and there are quite a few different options out there… take a look at all the ways you can trial the trend, below.

9 ways to work the slick back hair trend

 

actress ruby rose with short pixie cut hair in a slick side parting
Channel androgynous vibes with a combed over parting like Ruby. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Ruby Rose’s deep side part

Androgynous hairstyles make an appearance season after season at fashion week and combover styles with deep side partings have to be one of the hottest right now.

Spotted at shows including Chanel, Ruby Rose rocks the look perfectly, proving that even if you’re rocking a super short pixie cut you can get in on the slick back hair trend.

australian actress margot robbie with her shoulder length blonde hair in a slicked back quiff hairstyle
Work the rockabilly trend with a sky-high quiff style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Margot Robbie’s quiff

We thought the quiff trend had been and gone, that was, until we saw actress Margot Robbie (AKA our #WCW) rocking her shoulder-length blonde tresses in this slick back hair style.

Her strands have been divided into sections, with the top piece of hair swept straight back off her face and the sides left to fall naturally. This all gives the look a high-fashion, timeless effect that’s pretty hard to beat!

VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel

Editor’s tip: If you’re eager to give Margot’s quiff a try yourself, the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel is exactly what you need. It’ll ensure your hair maintains that wet-look effect all night, while also holding your style in place.

british american actress lily collins with her brunette long hair in a slick half up half down straight style
Lily wowed on the red carpet with this classy half-up style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Lily Collins’ half-updo

To the Bone actress Lily Collins is typically known for her Audrey Hepburn-like bold brows, but on this occasion it was her stunning half-up, half-down slick back hair that left us swooning. With her dark, raven locks sleek and straight (styled with an off-centre parting), there’s no faulting her flawless red carpet look.

hailey baldwin with her blonde hair in a tight topknot style
Hailey’s tight top knot shows off her model-like features flawlessly. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Hailey Baldwin’s top knot

Just in case we needed any reminding of just how gorgeous Hailey Baldwin is, she went and rocked this slick back hair top knot.

With her California-blonde tresses swept back into a chic little bun, this style gave her a fresh-faced yet elegant look that we can only dream of copying!

singer dua lipa with her dark hair in a slick centre parting
Dua has perfected the precise centre part. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Dua Lipa’s centre parting

Sometimes less really is more, as Hotter Than Hell singer Dua Lipa shows with this super simple, yet ultra-glam, style. With her dark locks perfectly parted down the middle and combed back into a low updo, she looks ready to take on the world!

australian actress bella heathcote with her lob length blonde hair in a pushed back wet look style
Bella is the queen of the post-pool wet look hair trend. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Bella Heathcote’s swept-back style

We’re big fans of this grunge-glam look from Australian actress Bella Heathcote, with her smudged-out smokey eye and wet-look slick back hair.

Although her mane looks as though she could have quite literally jumped out of the shower and on to the red carpet, her sultry make-up and LBD provides balance to the whole ensemble.

bella hadid with her brunette hair in a sleek low bun
Trade your scruffy, messy bun for an elegant low alternative, like Bella’s. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Bella Hadid’s low bun

Bella Hadid is one of the world’s most in-demand models right now, so it comes as no surprise that she’s well versed in the slick back hair trend. Low chignons always look elegant but her defined parting and high-shine finish take this look to new levels of gorgeousness.

TONI&GUY Finishing Shine Spray

Editor’s tip: Envious of Bella’s super shiny locks? A quick allover spritz of the Toni&Guy Finishing Shine Spray and you’ll be blinding people with your dazzling sheen!

zendaya wearing a yellow tweed suit with her hair in a long high ponytail
Exude #girlboss level confidence with a high ponytail like Zendaya. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Zendaya’s high ponytail

Can we just address the fact that Zendaya can pull of ANY hairstyle? Whether it’s her natural curls, dreadlocks or even that iconic bowl cut, it just works.

This high ponytail is by no means an exception to the rule, with her gelled-back hairline and Rapunzel lengths, who would’ve thought a ponytail could ever look so good?!

actress amanda seyfried with her hair in a slicked back braided bun
Amanda’s bun is anything but basic. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

9. Amanda Seyfried’s sleek braided bun

If you’re a girly girl, take your style notes from Amanda Seyfried, who stunned on the red carpet with this pretty braided bun look. Without a single hair out of place, this perfectly pristine style is an Oscar-winning ‘do if we ever saw one!

 

We hope you enjoyed this round-up! If slick back hair isn’t your thing though, don’t worry! Perhaps our beachy tousled hair tutorial will be more your cup of tea!

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