Slicked-back hair

Slicked-back hair is one of the newest, hottest trends on and off fashion runways. It’s typically worn as a voluminous look at the top of the head, with hair going straight back. There’s usually no part showing. It’s a stunning, elegant look that’s perfect for any formal event.

This look is typically achieved by using a paddle brush at the top and front of the hair, while hair stray is applied to give the hair volume. Mouse is used to smooth the sides of the hair back right above the ears. And then a blow dryer adds texture to the length of the hair a bit.

As with any look, there is a wide range of creative styles within this look. Below are several ideas to get you inspired.

Long and tall

Kendall Jenner
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The most common way to wear this look is to have plenty of volume at the top. It’s usually worn in long hair, with straight strands all the way down. Kendall Jenner really rocked this look.

Slicked-back lob

Marion Cotillard
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Another common way to wear this look is volume at the top, and sleek, flat hair on the sides that runs horizontal to the top of the ears. This look works with long hair or a bob with straight strands.

Slicked-back hair with part

Shay Mitchell
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This is another look that features sleek, straight hair. But it actually includes a part, as hair is leading away from a center part in this look. It sweeps behind the ears and ends in straight strands.

Choppy and slicked back

Choppy and slicked back
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This look goes straight back with no part. But the hair is in messy, chunky strands as it leads back. It’s a great casual take on this look.

Slicked-back hair with braid

Slicked-back hair with braid
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This look has hair slicked straight back with plenty of volume. But on the side of the hair, over the ear, there is a small, tight braid in the hair. It’s a neat boho take on the look.

Slicked-back wet look

Slicked-back wet look
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This is a very flat, slicked-back style, and actually has a wet look to it. You’d get this style with a slicking gel that achieves a wet look. Like L.A. Looks Wet Look Ultra Shine Slicking Gel.

Slicked-back look with roots

Slicked-back look with roots
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Here’s a look that proves this style is great with grown-out roots. Dark roots on blonde hair can give this look something of a statement feel, as pulling the hair straight back puts those darker roots right on display.

Slicked-back hair with waves

Slicked-back hair with waves
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This look has hair pulled straight back on the top. Then the hair leads into long strands with waves. It’s a stunning look that juxtaposes the waves with straight strands at the top.

Slicked-back hair with bun

Slicked-back hair with bun
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This look slicks hair back from a middle part. Then the strands go into a voluminous bun. The bun is tied tight to keep the elegant, put-together feel.