Slicking your hair back is one of the most classic hairstyles around. This simple and smart look is an easy way to make anyone look stylish. Whether you want a traditional pompadour or a modern fade cut, there's something for everyone. Here's everything you need to know about slicked back hair.Read more Men’s Hair features and check out our Store.
Slicked Backed Hair
As one of the oldest hairstyles around, it's fair to say that the slick back look has changed throughout the years. The amount of choice is endless when it comes to this traditional style. A glossy undercut is probably the most classic and formal style you can go for. However, if you want to add a modern twist to your hair then why not try a fade, or grow your hair out and have a longer look.
How to Slick back Curly Hair
Use a hair brush and blow dryer to pull your hair back away from the front of your head- doing this while your hair is still wet will make it easier. Spray your hair with sea-salt spray to maintain the curl and texture of your hair. Once your hair is dry use a strong product such as wax or clay to maintain the slick of your hair. Try to avoid brushing or combing your hair too much as this may also brush our your natural curl.
Slicked Back Hairstyles
The Classic vs Modern Pompadour
The classic and modern pompadour are two of the most traditional slick hairstyles you can get. Although they are extremely similar, the classic generally has more volume and is less tapered on the edges. 50s celebrities like James Dean and Elvis are famous for this type of pompadour. The modern pompadour brings detail, structure and control to this classic style. A tapered haircut gives you the classic look whilst also adding an extra dimension to your style.
Long Hair Slicked Back
Although long hair seems like a lazy option, it's actually a lot harder to maintain your hair when it's longer. It's not hard to let your locks get out of control when they're a bit longer, and slicking them back is a great way to combat this. The weight of your hair should hold most of it back, meaning you don't have to use a particularly strong product. Use a wet look pompadour to slick it back for a simple and smart look. Slicking back long hair is one of the easiest ways to manage and style a typically difficult way of wearing your hair, adding a more controlled and formal look to usually unruly hair.
Slick Back Undercut
Popularised in the 1930s, the slicked back undercut, with a beard or without, is a staple haircut for men. The sides and back are cut short to the same length, leaving the length on top ready to be slicked back. The slicked back undercut is currently emerging as a popular look for men. Mixing a formal and casual style, the slick back undercut is becoming the hairstyle for all occasions.
Slick Back Fade
The slick back fade is a modern interpretation of the classic tapered back and sides look. Fading works particularly well for blending the longer hair with the sides and looks great with a modern pompadour style. The different levels of fade also bring an element of variation to your style.
Combed Back Hair
The comb-back is the probably neatest and most formal variation of the slick back hair look. Using pomade, gel or wax, use a comb to style your hair into a structured look. This is a hairstyle that works in formal and work situations as it keeps your hair smooth and neat.
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