How To: Look Slicked-Back and Runway-Ready

Ripped from the runways and red carpets: Straight hair pulled back away from the face for that effortless, chic look.


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Start with clean, towel-dried hair. Apply a quarter sized dollop of primer from mid-shaft to ends.



Apply spray all over to add texture, then blow-dry till about 60% dry.

Divide hair into 3 horizontal sections and secure with clips: top of head; top of ear to top of other ear; and remaining bottom portion of hair (left unclipped).



Blow-dry with a large brush, starting at the bottom section of hair and working your way up.

Pro Tip: Gently backcomb the top section of hair to create volume.

Apply a small amount of primer at hairline and comb back.

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Pro Tip: Place primer on comb to apply directly to hair. Use more product to enhance the sheen.

Spray liberally to set the look.



Pro Tip: Use duck bill clips to help secure sides of hair.

How do you keep it slick? Show us your runway-ready looks on Instagram with #Awapuhi.

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Barbara Brekke is the Senior Digital Copywriter for Paul Mitchell, where she likes to fuel readers with enough coals of curiosity to make them want to read on. She also enjoys consuming coffee Mondays through Thursdays and working on her yoga headstand.

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