How To Slick Back Hair, The Ultimate Guide.
The Classic Slick Back
In any discussion on how to slick back hair, it’s pretty well unanimous that the classic slick back is the one to start with. Truly a timeless look, this style looks just as great in the office, as it does on a night out.
whilst this style is easy to maintain and style in the morning, ideal for the modern man on the go, sadly it isn’t for everyone. Those with very curly hair will struggle to keep their hair in place. This type of hair will most likely revert to its normal style, but with an over product in it. It’s also not ideal for those with very fine hair, as it won’t carry the product well and can look more invisible than styled.
Side Parting Slick Back
Slightly trickier than the classic slick back hairstyle, the side parting slick back adds another, more modern definition to your style.
With this look, the tendency is to keep the sides a little longer, with a fade from the bottom up. The side parting should be nicely defined with a trimmer to ensure the sharpest of looks. The top is kept longer but is defined using thinning scissors before being styled.
To style the side parting slick back, simply apply the product of your choice to wet or damp hair and style into the parting with your hands. You can blow-dry to add volume and shape to your style. Use a straightening iron to smooth out any stray curls.
The Slick Back Undercut and the Slick Back Fade
If you really want to stand out from the crowd and make a lasting impression, the slick back undercut or fade are for you. These dramatic looking styles really modernize the classic slick back hairstyle and bring them right up to date.
The undercut removes most of the length from the sides and the back, leaving just the longer hair on top, creating a look similar to Brad Pitt in the movie Fury. The longer section of the hair should hang over the undercut, shorter hair at the back.
How to Slick back your hair
Now that we’ve looked at the styles and the variations, it’s time to move on and look at how to create your new style.
The first, and most important, step in the process is to find the right barber or hairdresser for you. It may sound obvious, but you really need to be confident that your barber understands what you are looking for, and can achieve that look. Don’t be afraid to shop around.
Once you have found your barber soul mate, you need to choose the style that you´d like to go for. Again, a great hairdresser can help you here with some valuable advice as to what will suit your face shape and hair type.
So, having washed your hair, apply some serum or protective product to your hair. Work the product all the way through, particularly if you’re going to use hot styling products such as hairdryers or straightening irons. Some pre-styling products will also have protective qualities and will allow you to do much of the styling without having to use too much.
If blow drying, it’s a good idea to use a rounded brush and brush the hair from the base up and backward, which will give your style definition and add height.
Once you have the shape, you can add your final product to the hair. Work it in thoroughly and ensure full coverage to get the desired effect.
For the side parting, ensure the parting line is clear and well defined and that it’s as straight as it can be. A good comb is ideal for this. When it comes to combs, if you want a more casual, relaxed look, you can style with your fingers, which will give the hair less definition but will make it look more relaxed.