So You Want to Try the Slicked Back Look

From runways to red carpet events, the slicked back look is one that we’ve seen on models and celebs, and admired from afar during photoshoots with our artists. But it was only a matter of time until we put this style to the test for everyday wear. We consulted a Paul Mitchell pro (who has worn the style to work!) on how to get the look:  

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Extra-Body Daily Boost®

Sculpting Foam™

Worked Up®

Stay Strong®

Awapuhi Wild Ginger® Shine Spray™

Blow Dryer

Paddle Brush


Start with damp hair. Apply Extra-Body Daily Boost to build volume at your roots and Sculpting Foam throughout the length of your hair for control and hold.

Using a paddle brush, blow dry your hair straight up and then back to create lift at your roots and a smooth polish through the length.

Next, taking 1" sections at a time, back comb your hair starting at the mid-back of your head until you reach the crown. Tease until you get your desired height and volume.

Lock in the tease with a working spray like Worked Up. Then use your paddle brush to smooth the front-most hair up and over the teased section.

Finally, pull the hair on either side of your head back, smooth with a brush and pin in place with a bobby pin. If you have shorter hair, take a tip from Paul Mitchell Education Brand Manager Rachael and pull the length of your hair into a messy bun at the back of your head and pin in place.  

Finish with Stay Strong® and a topcoat of Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray.

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Would you wear this style for a night out on the town? How about for work? Let us know in the comments!

Taylor deDiego is Paul Mitchell's Web Content Writer and resident style hunter. She spends her days writing copy, keeping tabs on our social channels and testing new DIY hairstyles in our in-house salon.

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