14 Awesome Slicked Back Hairstyle Ideas for Guys

Mens slicked back haircuts

Slicked back hair is a men’s hairstyle where the hair is combed, pushed back, and held into place with a styling product. Celeb elites Colin Farrell and Orlando Bloom boosted this look’s popularity!

Hailing from the 20th century, slicked back hairstyles for guys have taken on a variety of versions. From pompadours to military crops, it all depends on your personal preference. Texas-based expert barber Sonya Hernandez tells us her secrets. “Always check the hair texture and growth pattern. It may be a struggle to train the slicked back hair to go against its natural growth pattern,” she says.

A slick works on all hair lengths – short, medium, and long. And the good news is that it’s easy to do! If you have enough hair on top, the only thing left to do is to lacquer your mane with styling products. Sonya loves Layrite products. Her go-to for a strong hold with a matte finish would be the Layrite Cement Clay. For a shiny look, she recommends the Layrite Superhold.

Her next tip is to “know how high or low you want your fade to be. For instance, if the fade gets too high on the sides, the strands on top may not be long enough to slick back the hair. Choose a knowledgeable barber to provide you the cut and style you desire,” she advises.

“Will this haircut and style match my face frame and facial features? Will this style work with my hair type and daily routine?” Ask yourself these barber-recommended questions when deciding whether to get this handsome look!

Pushing your strands back is a simple yet presentable option for your everyday haircut and hairstyle.

Here are photos of the most popular slick back hairstyle ideas:

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Wavy and Slicked Back

slick back style for wavy hair
Instagram @jakeburns_atb

To style a slick-back, first, comb your dark blonde hair back and let your natural texture do its magic. This wavy slick back with neat sides and nape is the bomb. It features a classic, wet result that uplifts your good looks.

Short Slicked Back Hair

short slicked back hair
Instagram @vinnycleancuts

What else could be neater and finer than this short slicked back? Seeing your black hair in one direction seems flawless, which goes well with the clean sides and nape.

Long Slicked Back

Long slicked back hair for men
Instagram @ommeeed

Running out of ideas on what to do to your lengthy hair this time? A charismatic long slicked back hair, matched with a beard, will solve your problem. You can’t go wrong as you brush your hair to the back with subdued waves for styling.

Slicked Back Hair with a Beard

Slicked back hair with beard
Instagram @nurii_b

Time to explore the dapperness of this slicked back style! This slicked back haircut with a beard offers a classic finish. Having dark and dense hair puts emphasis on your entire slicked back style.

Hipster Slicked Back Style

hipster slicked back hairstyle
Instagram @iisakkinummi

It takes a pretty bold and stylish move to achieve this trend. Shave three lines from each of your sideburns and style your hair on top with subtle volume and texture. This hipster style is the slicked back look you should get to follow the trend and upgrade your brown hair.

Thick Slicked Back Hair

Thick Slicked Back Hair
Instagram @gabriele_iervolino

How bad would you like a gradient illusion on your haircut? This thick, slicked-back hair fades very smoothly. Do it on your black hair to flatter your fair skin tone.

Slicked Back Undercut

Slicked Back Undercut
Instagram @yosef.n.j

This slicked back undercut is so in style! It suits you, especially when you have dark, thick hair for a fuller edge. Notice the visible contrast that separates the longer hair on top and the neat cut on both sides.

Straight Slicked Back

Straight slick back hair
Instagram @matheusballester

There’s always something attractive about dark, straight slicked back hairstyles. The finish is flawless, and that’s ideal for dense hair.

Slicked Back + Skin Fade

slicked back haircut with skin fade
Instagram @bagir94

Brushing and pushing your hair back is a neat slicked back hairstyle. But what happens if you match it with a sharp fade? This skin fade slicked back is sure to class up your fine, bronde hair.

The Gangster Slick Look

slick back gangster haircut
Instagram @amir.oxygen_

How cool is this slicked back haircut? The gangster slicked back look is a statement in itself with those shaved lines on the sides. The slick back, dark hair on top doesn’t always need to be flat. Resembling a pompadour style can make a huge difference.

Slicked Back Taper

Slicked back taper haircut
Instagram @waxxapeldoorn

A slicked back haircut with a fade is considered simple but needs to be striking, as well. Here’s a slicked-back taper, jazzed up with soft texture to complement your brown hair color. Though you have mid-length hair, the sharp fade cut will make it look extra neat.

The Volume Effect for Slicked Back Hair

Slick back high volume haircut
Instagram @fraternitybarbers

Slicked back hair styled with volume and texture is so much better. With medium-length, dark brown hair on top and neat sides, you can achieve this slicked back trend without a hitch. The styling process may take some time in front of the mirror, but the volume effect will gladly repay you.

Natural Slicked Back Bun

slicked back bun on natural hair
Instagram @jzepedathebarber

A natural slicked-back bun is a cool hairstyle, done in a snap. It takes a little to no effort to achieve that sleek finish of slicked back hair for men. Buns are perfect for guys who still want a neat style without chopping off their hair length.

Slicked Back + Curly Hair

slick back curly hair
Instagram @twistedmisster

This curly slicked back cut will allow you to embrace your natural hair texture. Like your usual messy look, this messy slicked back hairstyle offers the same stylishness, but in a neater form. Be sure that your sides and nape are faded to emphasize your textured brown slicked-back hair on top.