How to Get Slicked Back Hair, 4 Ways

Serena Norr | 04 January 2018
slicked backed pixie cut hair

Gel it back for some chic, low-key drama.

We all get into rut with our hair where we experience the big B. You know—boredom! This happens to everyone, and sometimes even a cut or color change doesn’t cut it. One way to play with your look is to use product like hair gel. Used in the ’50s for rockabilly hairstyles, it’s a product beloved today for looks like this womens slicked back hair tutorial we’re about to demonstrate below.

Today’s slicked back hair is all about a sleek, runway-chic look that’s modern, fresh and easy to create. Plus, the many formulations of gel today offer a myriad of finishes and options, unlike the stiff, super-plastered look of decades past. Perfect on short, medium, length or long hair, read on to learn how to achieve this look with a classic hair product. Who knows, you may never be bored again after you try one of these styles:

Womens Slicked Back Hair Tutorial

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Short hair looks great with a sharp side part, or brushed completely back.

Look 1: Slicked Back Short Hair Womens

Short hair is an incredible hair length to try for the new year. A low-maintenance hairstyle, it’s a lot of fun to figure out how to play with your new length, including the various ways on how to style and part it. With slick hair women typically look best with the hairline either brushed completely back with the ends left loose, or totally natural with a diffused part, to emulate that fresh-out-of-the-shower wet look. A small dollop of gel, like Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel, can provide a long-lasting hold. For a more voluminous look, use a round brush while blow-drying hair upwards, and then finish it off by misting with some hairspray, like Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray.

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Medium lengths look crisp with a tucked version.

Look 2: Medium-Length Slicked Back Hair

Those with medium-length hair look great with a clean slick-back, refined with a brush or comb and tucked behind the ears. Perfect for cocktails, work, or weekend adventures, this style can can also control frizz and flyaways. We also love this style as a new way to wear a standard blowout, as it helps open up your features.

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Gorgeous slicked-back hair on long hair. Photo credit:

Look 3: Long

Gel on long hair looks incredibly sexy and runway-ready. We love this look as a modern option for weddings, cocktail parties and fancy affairs. We like TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel, a humidity resistant and fast-drying formula that won’t leave your hair sticky.

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Look gorgeously put together with slick hair. Photo credit:

Look 4: Updo

A slicked back updo is one of our favorite looks for special occasions like weddings and gala evenings. You can opt for a softer finish with a smaller amount of medium-hold wax, like TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Firm Control Gel, rubbed between palms and spread out naturally from roots to mid-lengths. We love a mini bouffant or a medium bun paired with this look.


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