How to Get and Wear Slick Back Hair

Might as well face it, you're addicted to gel.

There’s something about a deliberate wet look that just screams “sex appeal.” If you’ve been paying attention to the latest hair trends making the circuit, you’ve probably noticed the resurgence of seriously sexy slick back hair. This fierce, shellacked trend first gained mainstream popularity with the rise of video vixens in the ’90s. A lot of Amazonian supermodels also adapted this look, and matched with blood-red lipstick, leather bodycon dresses and killer stilettos, created an overall persona that epitomized the modern femme fatale.

These days, slick back hair can look both futuristic and fresh. Especially when teamed with more feminine spring florals, it provides a welcome, unique contrast. The best part: It’s super easy and unexpected for the season, earning it a trillion more style points in our books! Read on to learn more about how you can create slick back hair.

How to Wear Slick Back Hair

Step 1

Start with clean hair.

Shampoo and condition with a nourishing wash and care system that promotes silkiness and shine, such as Dove Radiant Shine Shampoo and Dove Radiant Shine Conditioner. Blowdry roughly with fingers afterwards, using a heat protectant like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Instant Heat Tamer Spray to shield strands from damage.

Slicked back hair - All Things Hair - Clean wavy hair
Step 2

Section off the hairline.

Section off your crown area using the end of a rat-tail or fishtail natural-bristled brush

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Step 3

Backcomb your hair.

Gently tease this loose section with your brush to create texture and a slight fullness.

Slicked back hair - All Things Hair - backcomb with rat-tail brush
Step 4

Brush hair back.

Lightly brush hair straight back, not favoring any part.

Slicked back hair - All Things Hair - rat-tail brush back
Step 5

Gel down one side.

Using a dime- to quarter-sized amount of gel like TRESemmé Mega Firm Gel (depending on the length and thickness of your hair), slick down one side of your head, being careful to disperse product evenly within strands.

Slicked back hair - All Things Hair - gel down one side
Step 6

Distribute gel evenly on one side.

Coat the temple area, lengths and tips of one side evenly with gel for a true, seal-shiny, wet-look finish.

Slicked back hair - All Things Hair - slicked back one side
Step 7

Repeat on the other side.

Apply the same amount of product on the remaining side, making sure to evenly coat from temples to tips as well. Refine any bumps with a fine-toothed comb.

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Step 8


Run a fine-toothed comb through any visible knots or bumps to smoothen down the surface of your look, and smear any remaining gel on the top of your head if you want a budge-free, shellacked finish. Otherwise, you’re all set to stun!

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Would you try the slick back hair trend for this season?

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