Sleek Combover: How to Get the Men’s NYFW Street Style Look

The new wet hair look you'll be wearing all season.

Here at All Things Hair, the combover cut is one of our most favorite looks for men, but this sleek combover style spotted on the streets of Manhattan during NYFW is quickly winning our hearts. It’s no secret that the wet-hair trend is buzzing for men and women alike (check the latest red carpet looks and men’s runway trends). And we’re sure you’re wondering how you can pull the look off without feeling like you’re trying way too hard.

Here we’re explaining how to get this every day sleek combover hairstyle without any cowlicks, weird comb lines from your styling tools, and how to nail the most prominent and super clean hair part.

Get The Look: Sleek Combover Hairstyle for Men

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Not your average combover style. Photo credit:

Step 1: Start clean.

With this look, the last thing you want is hair that looks spacey and super thin. Start by washing hair with a shampoo that helps hair appear thicker since it gives your hairstyle a fuller look. We suggest washing hair Dove Men + Care Thick & Strong Fortifying 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner for visible thickness.


Dove Men+Care Thick & Strong Fortifying 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner

Step 2: Use a blowdryer to fight cowlicks.

For some, a hair towel works well, but if you have a few cowlicks, the best way to get them under control is to use a blow dryer. If you need a quick blow-dry lesson check out our blowdrying tutorial for men.

Apply a blowdrying product (we like TRESemmé Get Sleek Blow Dry Balm) throughout your hair to prep and create a super-straight and hard part on the left or right side of your hair. According to Unilever Hairstylist, Julie Pope, ” It’s all about focusing on the roots as you blow dry your hair. Apply blow dry spray, then fight with any cowlicks to get the roots to go in the direction you want by blowdrying the hair and focusing on the roots.”


TRESemmé Thermal Creations Blow Dry Balm

Step 3: Rake and smooth product through.

To sculpt your hair into this sleek combover, scoop a fingertip amount of the Axe Smooth Look: Shine Pomade, mix and warm the product up in your hands and work it through your hair by finger combing in the direction you want your combover to go.


AXE Smooth Look: Shine Pomade

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A touch of a sleek waves adds a playful effect to the look. Photo credit:

Step 4: Use a comb to sculpt your style.

Comb your hair with a fine-tooth comb to sculpt your combover hairstyle. This will also ensure that your hair is tidy and neat. Use your hands  to smooth your hair to blend in any comb lines. Once you’ve nailed the look, allow your hair to cool and set.

Want to get in on maintaining your look at home? Learn how you can keep your short haircut in check.