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If you see a slick back on a person in a movie, it means they mean business. Marlon Brando in the Godfather, Ray Liotta in Goodfellas, Leonardo Di Caprio in Titanic. To name a few. 

Personally I’ve tried rocking the slick back numerous times in my life and it doesn’t look good on me. It looks weird and I’m sure a lot of men would feel the same. But there was a problem with my approach. I would gel my hair with copious amounts of product and then use a comb to slick my hair back. 

The issue was, I had wavy hair and I would never ever get the Di Caprio in Titanic look. I had to find alternatives and boy I did find some amazing alternatives! 

Here are the best men's slick back styles. 

How to Slick Back Long Hair

If you had asked me this question a few years back, I would have told you, only a person with straight hair can get a slick back. But after I’ve been in the business for quite a few years, I’ve realized, you don’t need only straight hair. You can do it even when you have wavy hair or slightly curly hair. Here are the best slick back styles. 

#1 – The Classic Slick Back

This is the most popular slick back hairstyle ever. There is nothing better than this. If you are able to pull off this look, then you can look like an absolute badass. To pull off the classic slick back, you will need straight hair. So how do you get your hair ready for a slick back? 

Wet your hair a little bit so that you can style it. Take a comb and run it from the top of your head, all the way to the back. Do it in one sweeping motion, therefore your hair is straight and there are no zig zag lines. Once you are happy with the style, you can add a little bit of pomade, that way it sets or you can use a hair spray. This keeps it effectively in one place. 

#2 – The Pompadour Slick Back 

The pompadour is a super popular hairstyle, but it can be a bit much for a lot of people. The Pompadour Slickback, on the other hand, can be the perfect blend of style and also understatedness. The classic pompadour can be a little too pomp. The only problem with the pompadour slick back is, you need the exact amount of hair. 

If you have too much hair, it won’t look good, if it’s too little, it won’t set. To style a pompadour slick back, you need to make a normal pompadour, and then slick it back with a comb and you need to put it in place with a pomade or other holding agent. This works well with straight hair. Other kinds of hair will have a problem with this hairstyle. 

#3 – The Slick Back with the Undercut 

The slick back with an undercut is another mix of the old-school with the new age. The slick back is an old hairstyle that has been around for decades, if not for centuries. The undercut, on the other hand, is a pretty new style. Initially, when I heard about this style, I was pretty surprised because I didn’t think these two styles would gel well. I still think it’s not a style for everybody, but if you are able to pull it off, then nothing like it. So how does it work? 

The top of your hair is beautifully slicked back while your sides are completely removed with a drop fade. This is an edgy hairstyle. If you are in the mood for experimentation, then go for it! 

#4 – The Wavy Slick Back

Now, this is closer to my wheelhouse. As I have mentioned on numerous occasions. I have wavy hair. Wavy hair does not look great with the slick back. BUT, if you are able to style it differently. It can look pretty epic. When you are doing a slick back on wavy hair, you shouldn’t flatten it out. In fact, you should use some product to make it look a bit more bouncy. You can do the straight slick back or the side slick back. It all depends on you. But you can definitely do the slick back with wavy hair and it will look good. 

#5 – The Slick Back and Fade 

One of my favourite slick back hairstyles is the slick back and fade. This isn’t a drop fade like the undercut hairstyle mentioned above. The slick back paired with a slight low fade is one of the coolest hairstyles going around this year. It looks pretty cool and also makes you look pretty badass. A lot of people don’t like the full-on slick back. This slick back with a fade makes it much sober. This is a very good hairstyle. 

#6 – Slick Back with a beard

Thinking of hairstyles independently is a bad way of looking at hairstyles. You need to look at hairstyles in combination with beard styles. The slick back mixed with a beard is one of the best looks you can go for. Why is this style good? One reason is, you won't look like the mafia while you're pulling off your look!

#7 – Side Part Slick Back

One of my personal favourites is a slight twist on the classic slick back. The side part with the slick back is taking your traditional slick back and styling it towards the side. This is a super pristine and clean look! If you aren't too confident of pulling off the side part slick back, then you can choose this style!

Long Slicked Back Hair

For the perfect slick back hairstyle, you need hair longer than you normally have. You can't have medium cut hair. It will never work. You will need long hair that you can run through your fingers pretty easily!

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