7 Slick Back Hair Styles for Women for 2021

Thanks to the Kardashian/Jenner clan and stars like Gigi Hadid and Dua Lipa, the trend for slick back hair has never been more sought after. Traditionally a male-orientated look, it’s now equally loved, if not even more, by women – and personally, we’re totally on board with this edgy, wet-look style!

Now, you’d be forgiven for thinking this style is best left on the red carpet. However, we’ve been keeping tabs on all of the slick back hair looks we’ve been seeing and there are quite a few different options out there… take a look at all the ways you can trial the trend, below.


Relaxed side part

Hairstyles: woman with short blonde hair wearing a relaxed side part
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Androgynous hairstyles make an appearance season after season at fashion week and Pixie cuts styles with deep side partings have to be one of the hottest right now.

Stars like Ruby Rose have rocked the look perfectly too, proving that even if you’re rocking a super short pixie cut you can get in on the slick back hair trend.


Slick quiff

hairstyle: woman with short brown hair wearing a slicked quiff
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We thought the quiff trend was gone, but it’s made a resurgence. First spotted on the red carpet, worn by Margot Robbie (AKA our #WCW), how could we not fall back in love with this style.

In this look, the strands are divided into sections, with the top piece of hair swept straight back off the face and the sides left to fall naturally. This all gives the look a high-fashion, timeless effect that’s pretty hard to beat!

Editor’s tip: If you’re eager to give this quiff a try yourself, the VO5 Strong Hold Hairspray is exactly what you need. It’ll ensure your hair stays in place all day and night.


Slick half-updo

Slick hairstyle: woman wearing a half updo
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There’s something about half-up, half-down slick back hair that just leaves us swooning. Especially with dark, raven locks styled sleek with an off-centre parting, there’s no faulting this flawless look.


Slick bun

slick back styles: woman with a slick high bun
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Just in case anyone has forgotten just how gorgeous you are, rock this slick back hair top knot. With your hair swept back into a chic little bun, this style will highlight your best features and give a fresh- faced yet elegant look that we can only dream of copying!


Slick centre part

slick hairstyles: woman wearing a low bun with a slick centre part
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Sometimes less really is more, like with this super simple, yet ultra-glam, style. With the hair perfectly parted down the middle and combed back into a low updo, you will look ready to take on the world!

Low chignons always look elegant but a defined parting and high-shine finish take this look to new levels of gorgeousness. A quick allover spritz of the TONI&GUY Finishing Shine Spray and you’ll be blinding people with your dazzling sheen!


Slick back hair

hairstyles: woman with short blonde hair slicked back
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We’re big fans of this grunge-glam look. Although this style looks as though you could have quite literally jumped out of the shower, with sultry make-up you can make your party intentions clear.


Slick back ponytail

slick hair: woman with a slick ponytail
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Can we just address the fact that slick back hair just works in so many different ways? This high ponytail is by no means an exception to the rule. With a gelled-back hairline and Rapunzel lengths, who would’ve thought a ponytail could ever look so good?!



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