Easy night out hairstyles: How to get the slicked-back look

Arianna | 31 May 2016
5 mins Style Easy

Wet look hair is back, and here’s how you can rock it…

A firm favourite of good hair heroines Kim Kardashian and Gigi Hadid, the slicked-back look is the perfect party hairstyle. Why? Not only does it look utterly cool and modern, but it’s an ideal way to keep hair off your face while still reaping all the glam rewards of having your hair down. Not a pro at styling night out hairstyles? Don’t fret: you don’t need to make a trip to the hairdressers to pull off this look, because we’re going to show you how to achieve it yourself. So get your gel at the ready, and follow our simple step-by-step tutorial below.

Easy night out hairstyles: The slicked-back look


Brush hair.

To start, brush your hair to get rid of any knots or tangles. Want to know the secret to nailing easy night out hairstyles? Your tresses need to be completely tangle free to make your hair appear sleek and smooth.

If you have naturally curly or frizzy hair, don’t worry: you can still rock this look! Wash your hair with products that’ll help smooth and control frizz, like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner.


Section hair.

Take a teasing comb, and using the pointed end, section a portion of hair from the front of your head, just above your forehead. This portion of hair should be nearly as wide as your forehead.



Tease hair.

To create volume and lift at the roots, you’ll need to gently tease the front piece of hair that you sectioned in step 2.

To tease, lift the section of hair up in front of your face, and use your teasing comb to lightly brush the back of the hair downwards towards your scalp.

Repeat this teasing motion until you have achieved the desired amount of volume (if you ask us: the bigger the better!).


Smooth down.

Using your teasing comb, lightly brush the teased section of hair backwards to smooth out the top surface.

Remember: you don’t want to reverse all of the teasing you’ve just done by brushing too hard, so a gentle hand is key here!


Apply gel.

To create the slicked-back look, you’ll need to apply some VO5 Classic Styling Mega Hold Gel Spray to your tresses.

Start by working the gel through one side of your hair, smoothing the strands backwards as you go. The best thing about this gel? It has a long lasting hold, but it’s non-sticky and non-greasy, making it the perfect styling product for women.

Once you’ve finished smoothing one side of your hair, repeat the same smoothing process on the other side and on the top teased portion.

Top tip: You can use your hands to smooth the gel, but for a smoother finish take your teasing comb and lightly brush it over the surface of your hair. Optional: for extra security, spray a light mist of the TRESemmé Get Sleek Creation Hairspray over your locks to help hold the look.


Final look.

Slicked-back hair is yours! Perfect for an after-dark party, this stylish ‘do will be sure to see you through the night in super slick style.


See? Night out hairstyles can be simple, stylish and stress-free. Win-win!


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