Visualizing a Classic Slicked Back Hair Style
I wanted to show you in this post how the slicked back hair style looks from the top. It’s very important to get the slick back direction right as otherwise you will end up with something similar to a side swept hairstyle.
Now, there’s some room for slicking the hair at a small angle. There isn’t anything inherently wrong with this and some men prefer to leave a small angle. However, don’t style with a big-enough angle that your hairstyle looks to be parted (i.e. side swept) than slicked back.
The picture below is of the classic slick back hairstyle. Notice how the hair lays relatively flat with hardly any volume, just the volume that occurs naturally in straight hair when swept back. Just like when I illustrated the slick back undercut, I want to illustrate the actual direction of the hair slicking motion. Oh, and apologies for the quality of the picture but it was taken in a hurry just to illustrate the point!
To achieve the classic slick back style, all you need is to apply the pomade to your damp hair and use a comb to slick (i.e. comb) the hair towards the back, starting at the forehead’s hairline. Always start your slicking motion at the frontal hairline as otherwise you will mess up your class slick back. Repeating the motion as needed until satisfied with how slicked and flat your hair looks. If you have an undercut haircut, you can style a classic slick for your slicked back undercut.
As a side note, the slicked back hair in the picture was styled with an oil-based pomade. While these days the water-based pomades have made oil pomades almost redundant, there’s still some benefit to using them if you want to recreate a classic slick back, side swept style, quiff, pompadour or any other rockabilly hairstyle.