Volume, texture, body—all the hallmarks of enviable hair. Sleek—dare we say slick—hair has traditionally been a less popular option. A recent rush of celebrities sporting the slicked-back look, however, may be changing all that.
Scroll through to see if celebs like Gigi Hadid, Rita Ora, and more make you re-think super-sleek tresses!
Slick, but not severe, Gigi Hadid’s style is easy to copy. The key to making it work? Applying a voluminizing mousse at the roots for hold and a high-shine styling balm (like Oribe’s Balm d'Or Heat Styling Shield, $43) mid-shaft to ends to smooth out the lengths.
Marion Cotillard’s look is a little more lived-in, proving slicked-back hair doesn’t have to be perfect.
Short-haired girls can wear the look too, and without looking like they just got of the shower. Just make sure to get plenty of lift in the front, à la Miley Cyrus.
Looking to dip your toe into the slicked-back trend? Keep your part and embrace a little messiness like Rita Ora.
Equally as striking as the slicked-back look, slicked, straight-down hair is another take on the trend. If you don’t have short hair like Jessie J, leave the ends loose and textured.
If you want try Kristen Stewart’s almost wet-looking style, we recommend a generous dose or gel or pomade, like Layrite’s Super Shine Hair Pomade ($16).
Note: Mohawks and undercuts can totally go sleek too. To wit: Scarlett Johansson’s slicked-back-volume hybrid.
Just in case you weren’t convinced that the look can be feminine, take a peek at Ciara—stunning.
Which slicked-back look is your favorite? Will you test-drive the trend?