Slicked-back strands might have connotations of greasy "man hair," but let us paint a new picture for you. A slicked-back hairstyle, when done right, can instantly transform your look into something that feels much cooler, fresher and totally modern. And it's not just us that thinks so—celebrities including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kristen Stewart have all dabbled with a slicked-back look. The great thing about this look is you can make it super sleek with a wet-look finish, or something a little looser and less severe, which can be more flattering.
Keep scrolling to see what we mean, we may well have just found your NYE hairstyle.
To re-create this look, pin the side panels (just above the ears) at the nape of your neck. Blow-dry the top section of your hair back with a brush, and fix with hairspray.
Not a fan of seriously slicked-back hair? You can still dip your toe into the trend by using your fingers to comb some wet-look gel through the roots like Jennifer Lawrence.
The key here is to blow-dry the hair with a big round brush to get that lift at the roots. Finish by applying strong-hold gel onto a brush and smoothing it through.
If you tend to wear your hair in a side parting, make like Chloë Grace Moretz. Get the look using Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine (£22) worked through damp hair to give it that grungy, slept-in look.
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Dual texture can look seriously cool—work a strong-hold gel into your roots and mid-lengths, letting it fade into dry ends.
A sleek bun or high ponytail will bring all the drama to your look.
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Got curly hair? A slicked-back style can look seriously cool. If you can't be dealing with flyaways discreetly pin the hair back from the face.
Kristen Stewart knows, a slick finish instantly gives the classic French-twist hairstyle an edge.