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Slicked Back Hair for Men - How to Achieve this Style

Nov 05,2018

Men’s Guide to the Slicked Back Hairstyle: A Da’Wax Special

Hello, style-conscious gentlemen! Are you seeking a hairstyle that effortlessly switches from boardroom to bar? The slicked back hairstyle is right in front of you; a classic style that radiates sophistication and effortless cool. This guide equips you to achieve that coveted sleekness, regardless of your hair type or face shape.


man in black jacket looking cool with the slicked back hairstyle

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The Art of the Slick Back: A Step-by-Step Guide

Preparation is key for a flawless slick back. Here's how to ensure your mane is primed for success:

  1. Clean Canvas: Start with freshly washed hair. Skip the harsh scrubbing; a gentle lather and thorough rinse are sufficient. Towel-dry your hair until it's damp but not dripping.

  2. Product Powerhouse: Next comes the magic ingredient: hair styling product. For the slick back, a strong hold wax is your best friend. "Da'Wax Styling Wax" is a fantastic option. It offers a firm hold, and eliminates worries about stiffness or greasiness. Take a generous amount and distribute it evenly through your hair, focusing on the longer sections. Use your fingers to ensure even application and avoid clumping.

  3. Slick Moves: With the product in place, it's time to create your style. Gently guide your hair towards your head with backward strokes, using a comb. Work in sections, and smoothen out any fly-aways with your palm, for a polished finish.

  4. Drying Decisions: The drying method depends on your desired outcome. If you want a natural, looser effect, then you should leave your hair to air-dry. However, for a more defined and controlled look, grab your blow dryer. Use a medium heat setting and a comb to direct your hair backwards as you dry. This technique creates a smooth, streamlined style with extra volume at the roots.

  5. Finishing Touches: Once your hair is completely dry, assess your hold. If it requires a final lock-in, apply a strong hold hairspray like "Da'Hairspray" for that all-day, budge-proof style. However, if you prefer a more natural texture, skip the hairspray and embrace the subtle movement.

To help keep lock your slicked back hairstyle, check out this cool video of our Da'Hairspray. The tips should help you achieve your desired style that stays in place for the rest of the day! 

Modern Interpretations of the Classic

The slick back isn't a one-size-fits-all style. Here are some contemporary tweaks to personalize your look:

  • The Slicked-Back Undercut: This edgy twist features short, sharply cut sides and back, contrasting with the longer top section that's slicked back. This creates a bold, statement-making hairstyle.

  • The Slicked-Back Fade: A more subtle variation, the fade involves a gradual tapering of hair on the sides and back, blending seamlessly into the longer top. This results in a sleek, clean-cut appearance.

  • The Slicked-Back with Shaved Sides: For the truly daring, consider this option. It combines the classic slick back with completely shaved sides, creating a dramatic and ultra-modern look.


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The Slicked-back with shaved sides


Maintaining Your Slicked-Back Masterpiece

A well-maintained slick back requires commitment. The following tips will enable you keep your style sharp:

  • Regular Trims: Schedule regular trims with your barber to maintain a clean outline and prevent split ends.

  • Daily Refresh: Slicked back styles usually require daily maintenance. Reapply a small amount of hair wax to tame flyaways and reinforce the hold throughout the day.

  • Hair Care Essentials: Do not take your hair's health for granted! Use a nourishing shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair type to maintain its manageability and shine.

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Frequently Asked Slick Back Questions

Comb or Fingers? It's a personal preference! Using your fingers creates a more relaxed, textured look, while a comb delivers a neat, polished finish. Experiment and see what works best for your style.

Product Showdown: Clay, Pomade, or Wax? All three can work, but for a slick back, wax is your best ally. Its strong hold ensures your hair stays in place, while its creamy texture allows for easy application. "Da'Wax Styling Wax" is a fantastic choice due to its versatility and user-friendliness.

Can Curly Hair Go Slick? Absolutely! Curly hair can rock the slick back with a unique twist. The key is to avoid flattening your curls during the styling process. Use a wide-tooth comb to gently guide your hair back, preserving some of your natural curl definition for a distinctive style.


With this comprehensive guide, you have been empowered to achieve and maintain the timeless slick back hairstyle. Remember, confidence is the ultimate accessory. So, rock your slick back with pride, let your style speak volumes, and conquer your day!


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