Slicked back hair is a men’s hairstyle where the hair is combed, pushed back, and held into place with a styling product. Slicked back hairstyles are very attractive and perfect for men wanting a new trendy style.
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 says, “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.”
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 stronghold with a matte finish would be the Layrite Cement Clay. For a shiny look, she recommends the Layrite Superhold.
Hernandez encourages you 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.
Before your next haircut, check out these photos of the most popular slick back hairstyle and haircut ideas:
Wavy and Slicked Back
This slicked back wavy hair with neat sides and nape is the bomb! It features a classic, wet result that uplifts your good looks. To style loose slick back hair, first, comb your dark blonde hair back and let your natural texture do its magic.
Slick Back Bun
A slick back bun is perfect for anyone wanting long hair with an active lifestyle. Longer hair can be difficult to maintain when having an active lifestyle, but a slick back bun makes everything simple. Your options are a shaved side or faded side, whichever is desired up to the partial ridge. Throw the top in a bun and out the door you go.
Textured Slick Back
Go for textured slicked back hair for a perfectly undone look. The low fade blends seamlessly into the textured sides and top of the haircut, giving finer hair the illusion of appearing thicker. Consider enhancing your waves with Murdock London sea salt spray on wet or dry hair.
Layered Slicked Back Pompadour
A layered slicked back pompadour is a great all-around haircut. The high and tight skin fade is always a good fade choice. Mix it in with the eye-popping styling of a pompadour, and you’ll bring this whole haircut to life.
Slicked Back Side Part
A slicked back side part makes a perfect business professional style. When you add a nicely blended fade and side part, it adds personal style while keeping it professional.
Slicked Back with Low Fade
Slicked back with low fade is a great option when desiring a slicked-back style. It is clean and tapered around the edges to keep the fullness and body of the hair when styled. Ask your barber to do some razor work or texturizing the top to make the hair fall better and to make it easier and quicker to style.
Slicked Back with Finger Comb Style
Slicked back with finger comb style works well for those that like length on top. It is faded tight around the base of the cut and transitions into a nice heavy top. Maintenance is needed to keep this style throughout the day. A blowback with a blow-drier and a styling paste will keep it looking sharp all day.
Slick Back Undercut
The slick back undercut is a modern variation to an undercut. The skin-tight fade around the side gives a definite separation at the partial ridge from the top and sides. The slick back uses plenty of product to keep the hair in position. Ask your barber to drop the fade slightly in the back. By doing so, the hair hanging over the back can lay right on the darkest or thickest part of the fade, leaving a seamless transition.
Slicked Back with a Mid Fade
Slicked back with a mid fade is a head-turning variation to a mid fade. It’s important to remember not to take too much fullness when transitioning to the slicked back. The hair won’t lay right and can ruin the whole haircut. This cut is a clean, professional look for young men to try.
High Fade Slick Back Style for Thin Hair with Receding Hairline
What else could be neater and finer than the short slicked back styles? Seeing your black hair in one direction seems flawless, which goes well with the clean sides and nape. This kind of high fade cut works on men with thin hair or a receding hairline.
Long Slicked Back
Running out of ideas on what to do to your long hair this time? A charismatic long slicked back hair, matched with a gray color plus a beard, will solve your problem. It isn’t the old school long-length hairstyle for men, but it has a modern twist. You can’t go wrong as you brush your hair to the back with subdued waves for styling.
Classic Slicked Back Hair with a Beard
Time to explore the dapperness of this slicked back style! A slick back with beard offers a classic finish. Having dark and dense hair puts emphasis on your entire style. When styling, towel dry your damp hair to have a clean canvass before working with a gel or pomade.
Hipster Slicked Back Style
It takes a pretty bold and stylish move to achieve this slicked back hipster style. Shave three lines from each of your sideburns and style your hair over the head 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
A thick, slicked-back hair fades very smoothly. The shaved sides and nape would work well with a beard, too. Do it on your black hair to flatter your fair skin tone.
Slicked Back Undercut with Longer Hair on Top
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 behind the ears. A good pomade and enough amount of hairspray will hold the style together throughout the day.
Straight Short Slicked Back Hair
There’s always something attractive about dark, straight slicked back hairstyles. This classic style has a finish that looks flawless, and ideal for dense hair.
Slicked Back Hairstyle + Skin Fade
Brushing and pushing your hair back is a neat slicked back hairstyle. But what happens if you match this hair trend with a sharp fade? This skin fade on slicked back hairstyle is sure to beef up your fine, bronde hair.
The Gangster Slick Look
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 Fade on Medium-Length Hair
A slicked back haircut with a fade is considered simple but needs to be striking, as well. Here’s a slicked back with taper fade haircut, jazzed up with a 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
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 with Disconnected Undercut
A natural slicked-back bun with a disconnected undercut 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. Man buns are perfect for guys who still want a neat style without chopping off their hair length.
Messy Slicked Back ‘Do + Curly Hair
This curly slicked back style will allow you to embrace your natural hair texture. Like your usual messy look, this messy slicked back hairstyle on curly hair 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.