(…) and it was right after I turned and looked at him, and we shook hands for the first time that it hit me: we both had the same hairstyle. It’s really funny when you think of it, but it’s gotta mean something doesn’t it? His was short of course, like a 50s undercut, long in the front and slicked back like he was this dark handsome vampire in an expensive tuxedo surrounded by his cloud of vicious cigarette smoke. And mine was long, cause I always had long hair, slicked back so it showed off my dark red pout and strapless long dramatic dress. It was a party. And we looked alike in our slicked back hair, and that was all it took.
Have you ever noticed how some couples dress alike after a while? How their style is translated form one to another until it becomes a couple’s style, how they borrow from one another, how they even look alike, how they talk, and how they wear their hair? Cause you see the HAIR TALK today for both girls and boys is not really accidental.
While thinking about wearing the slicked back hairstyle myself, which led to watching youtube tutorials on how to get the hair, and online research about the slicked back look, something happened: 1) I realised it’s not so much a hair trend, but it’s a go-to-hair-style for sophisticated situations, cause it looks so money I swear. And it’s quite effortless but also very royal, but rocknroll and edgy at the same time. AND 2) it’s done by both men and women, boys & girls, which I think it’s the best part.
The slicked back hair look is something us girls were doing somewhere in the 80s maybe, the wet look rocked by models on magazine covers in one piece swimsuits with legs long for days, but boys have held the record on this one. Hello the retro wet hair look, the gangsters hairstyle, Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, or even Don Draper (though his is more side slicked back rather than the classic slick). And then of course my husband for whom the slicked back look is a signature hairstyle.
And how could I forget my boy crush right now – Thomas from Downton Abbey, played by Rob James Collier, who is owning this look. Not really slicked back, rather side-slicked-back, but dayum he’s got the most beautiful pitch black wet mane look I’ve seen, best pout, gorgeous face, and incredible swag.
So why are models sent down the runway in slicked back wet hair? Why does Kim Kardashian go for this look more often than not? Why do celebs chose it for red carpets? It there more to the slick back hairstyle than we thought?
YES. You see, I feel as if we’ve been so caught up in our asses that we overlooked the fabulousness of a slicked back hair. We might take a few notes from the boys on this one.
It’s one of the most elegant and refined hairstyles ever. It’s a perfect go to look for evening, for posh events that require a little more prepping up than our regular 10 minutes. It looks incredibly sophisticated and amazing when worn with a great makeup face, or massive bling. It can be done with short hair, long, medium, and it will look equally great. It really opens up the face, and gives this elegant but edgy vibe to a look.
When to wear the slicked back hair? It usually is a perfect match for posh gatherings, for weddings, for parties, for elegant places and events. It looks amazing for black tie occasions, for evening: men in suits or tuxedos, women in dresses, or tuxedoes and high heels. I think it’s a fab style.
How to get the slicked back hair?
- tease the hair at the crown (a lot of it)
- spray it
- use dry shampoo
- spray again
- use more dry shampoo
- brush it back
- don’t detangle it
- spray it
- use some oil for ends and baby hairs
Or watch a youtube tutorial on HOW TO.
Pics for inspo below.
So what do you think about this hair look?