If there’s one thing we learned from fashion month: straight, sleek hair is here to stay. Sleek hair is one of those go-to looks that can be worn in so many ways that’s all about a polished and frizz-free base. And while this is typically thought of as a blowout, we’ve also collected some new looks to inspire you to get on the sleek hair train. Read on:
Sleek Hair: How to Wear This Springy Trend
1. Straight Hair Blowout
First and foremost, you’ve got to get that sleek hair, right? You can get straight, silky hair in several different ways. You can read up on how to achieve pin-straight hair with a flat iron, or go our current favorite route with an at-home blowout. We suggest starting your blowout with the Catwalk by TIGI Blow Out Balm. It will help make your hair extra soft and silky. Then, make sure to use a paddle brush when drying your hair to get the straight effect.
2. Straight Yet Textured
If you don’t want to go for the totally silky look but still want to rock a straight-hair blowout, we have a couple of modifications. First step: Switch up your products. This time, we’re going for something more volumizing, the Catwalk by TIGI Bodifying Spray for Volume Blow Dry. It will help boost your hair to new heights. Then, roughly blow-dry your hair until it’s around 80% dry before grabbing a large, round brush. Use the brush with your blowdryer to finish drying your hair to that sleek (but voluminous) finish.
3. Nourishing Half-Updo
You know those days where your hair is feeling crispy, and you need some extra moisture, stat? On those days, we like to do a hair oil mask. But, if leaving the house is also required that day, we recommend making it into a statement style. We’re loving this two-layer half updo. Start off by applying the oil treatment straight to your hair. We like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil for a healthy moisture kick. Then, comb your hair straight backwards, creating three even sections with the top half of your hair. Secure the center section with its own hair tie and the opposite two sections together, underneath the first.
4. Casual Thick Straight Hair
We’re totally into that super-sleek, slicked-back look, but we know a lot of people wouldn’t wear that for day-to-day life. Instead, try this super-thick voluminous look. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to get volume out of thin, straight hair. We recommend breaking out that teasing comb and getting to work!
5. Wispy Straight Hair
The windswept hair trend totally works for sleek hair, too. We’re loving how it takes what could be a fancy hairstyle down to a more casual level. We suggest starting off with our windswept hair tutorial. Then, get this chic half updo by combing your hair forwards, starting from the crown of your head. With the section you combed forwards, style your hair to drape across your forehead creating a faux side-bangs look. Tie up the top half of your hair together into a half-up ponytail to secure it all in place.
6. ’70s Straight Hair Upgrade
We’re big fans of going back through the ages to find new hairstyles — like this almost-too-perfect take on ’70s straight hair. With a stick-straight center part and glossy pin-straight locks, what’s not to love? Tuck your hair behind your ears to really seal the deal on this retro look.
7. Straight and Twisted Half-Updo
We’re big fans of any style that can show a little contrast. This one is perfect for that subtle take on things! Starting off with straight hair gets this style going, but the twisted half updo is reminiscent of curls. To get this look, take two large two-inch sections of hair near your hairline. Separate each section into at least two, if not three (or more!) sections. Twist the sections of each side around to create the twisted, almost rope-like look. Then, pull the two sections back to the center of your head and secure in place. Cool-looking and surprisingly easy to do!
8. Chic, Low Ponytail
Low ponytails are the it style of 2017. To make this style as chic as possible, use a skinny hair tie and secure it lower than the nape of your neck. A side part also helps to give this simple style a little more edge and interest.
9. Voluminous Straight Hair
Ok, so we’re aware that not everyone wants to wear pin-straight, slicked-down hair. If you still want to get in on that sleek hair trend, you can try this voluminous look. Instead of using your flat iron to make perfectly straight hair, create a straight-ish look. By this, we mean mostly straighten your hair, but add in a subtle wave at the same time. To get more volume, you can lightly tease your hair. Spray some of the TRESemmé Tres Two Freeze Hold Hairspray throughout your hair to lock this style in place.
10. Blunt Straight Hair
We’re getting gorgeous ’60s vibes from this cool blunt cut! You can opt for a new blunt haircut, or you can try to fake it (depending on your cut) with super-straight ends. Either way, you’ll need to break out the flat iron for this style. We recommend straightening your hair, making sure you don’t create any bends. When you get an inch or two above the ends of your hair, go extra slow to ensure a perfectly straight finish.
11. Slicked-Back Hair
Slicked-back hair is so gorgeous—and it can be worn in so many cool ways. We’re fans of the classic with a straight back look. In this case, we want a lot of hold and shine, so the product we’ll use to make this style is the Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel. Apply the gel at your hairline going backwards, and comb through with a fine-tooth comb. Let your hair set and rock that sleek, shiny style.
12. Sleek Space Buns
For another way to wear that slicked back look, try space buns! You’ll just need to part your hair down the center to split your hair into two sections. Then twirl each section into a tight twist. Take that twist and wrap it into a tight bun, securing with bobby pins. The overall look is sleek and super-trendy.
13. Sleek Mini Beehive
We’re loving this casual but pulled together mini beehive. It’s a half up, half down look that makes the beehive much easier to wear. Check out our tutorial to recreate this voluminous teased mini beehive. Make sure to comb back the sides of your hair to get that sleek style!
14. Permanently Straight Hair
Want to wear sleek hair, permanently? You can always opt for Japanese hair rebonding. It’s a process that can’t wash out and gives you perfectly straight hair until it grows out. We love the straight look it creates, and it totally reduces the time you have to spend on your hair. Just be sure to ask tons of questions before you commit to this process.
15. Sleek Piecey Hair
Adding texture to sleek hair often makes it not-so-sleek anymore. But, you can add in texture without losing that silky look by going for piecey ends. We suggest taking a tiny bit of the S Factor by TIGI Creamy Molding Wax between two fingers to create piecey ends. The creamy texture helps to keep your hair piecey, without getting too stiff.
Need more sleek hair looks to inspire you? Check out these sleek looks from NYFW.