41 Slicked Back Hairstyles for Women (Photo Ideas)

While the slicked back look is more common with guys, it can be a stunning look on women. We hand picked 41 awesome slicked back hairstyles for women. Check them out here.

Marion Cotillard

The thing with slicked-back hair for men and women is that it’s not a permanent style.  You can slick back all kinds of cuts and the next day go back to wearing it down or loose or however, you like.

The slicked back style definitely has a certain look to it… it stands out especially when very much slicked back with product.

Below is our gallery showcasing 40+ women with slicked back hairstyles. Enjoy.

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A Low Ponytail For Effortless Style

Sky Nellor

Sky Nellor

Australian actress Sky Nellor shows off her slicked-back pony to emphasize her features. Eye-catching jewelry and a colorful dress make this hairstyle bohemian while still polished. Women with dark and fine hair can rock this low pony without worrying about their hair looking greasy as long as they use the right product.

Blondes Have More Fun

Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller

Superstar actress Sienna Miller accentuates her range of highlights with a slick backed hairstyle to mimic the look of a pixie cut. Dangling earrings and a strapless frock show off your neck and collarbones with the option to wear minimal or dramatic jewelry.

Go Vintage Chic And Natural

Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko

Beautiful Bond girl Olga Kurylenko pays homage to her influences with a slicked-back ponytail to emphasize her dark locks. A mod cutout dress is almost as eye-catching as her natural beauty with crystal earrings that bring out the color of your eyes. Plan a night out to succeed with this effortless getup.

Put Your Best Face Forward

Nicky Hilton

Nicky Hilton

Socialite Nicky Hilton is known for her dynamic bright eyes and fierce style. With a slicked-back style, you can showcase your stunning crystallized jewelry whether they’re diamonds or rhinestones. This look is great with blonde hair as the product adds color to your highlights.

Channel Your Inner Diva

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

All eyes are generally on megastar Kim Kardashian with ever-changing locks and this edgy slicked back up-do. Glossy makeup and gilded jewelry draw light to all the right places to wear with a one-shoulder dress. Let your loose tresses run wild with this stunning look.

Go Goth And Glossy

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard

Raven-haired beauties can take a tip from French actress, Marion Cotillard. Bold red lips and dark eye-makeup stands out with a sophisticated slicked back hairstyle that features high twists and minimal jewelry to accentuate your look.

Be The Star Of The Show

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez needs no help looking stunning and is a regular to this slicked-back style. Honey highlights stand out with eye-catching makeup and dynamic accessories to shine over a classic black ensemble.

Turn The Volume Up

Hillary Duff

Hillary Duff

Formerly a teenage blonde, trendsetter Hillary Duff looks all grown up with a volumized crown and dark locks. Fair-skinned women with dark eyes can make their features pop and enjoy a night of glamour with a pieced hairstyle and dramatic jewelry.

Get Classy And Look Like Royalty

Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo

Actress Ellen Pompeo rocks a high bun and slick backed look with her brown locks, made darker by hair products. This glam style can be paired with minimal makeup and megawatt earrings to show off a low cut dress.

Be Friendly And Formal

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

We can all agree Blake Lively is one of the most beautiful women in the world and this slick backed hairstyle goes great with her dark blonde tresses. Enhance your natural beauty with simple mascara and gloss, but don’t be afraid to wear a pair of statement-making earrings.

Show Off Your Shine Naturally

Anna Kendrick

Anna Paquin

True Blood blonde bombshell Anna Paquin dazzles with a gold chain necklace and slicked-back hair that emphasizes her cheekbones. Dramatic jewelry pairs well with a low cut top and fierce eyebrows that stand out with a high up-do.

Go Casual and Natural

Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick

America’s sweetheart Anna Kendrick always looks friendly with casual clothes and an effortless slick backed up-do. The actress shows you can emphasize your natural hairline with glam makeup from day to night.

Let Your Natural Beauty Shine

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Gorgeous actress Amy Adams is a star for redheads everywhere with a slicked back style that goes loose in the back. Shimmering makeup and natural hair shines along with megawatt accessories and a shimmering gown.

Let Your Locks Go Natural

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

African American women and those with curly hair can take some tips from songstress Alicia Keys. Slick back over your crown and keep your hanging hair glossy to pair with stunning hoops and sparkling makeup.

Look Like A Classic Star

Kristen Steward with hair slicked back

Kristen Steward

Diverse actress Kristen Stewart looks amazing with a short haircut, slicked back top, and light brown tresses underneath. Vintage-inspired eyeliner is always fashionable with a neutral lip and a designer dress that no one can copy.

Go Sleek and Ravishing

German model Heidi Klum rocks a slicked back top that perfectly goes with her blonde tresses. It was paired with a captivating dress completed with a pair of chandelier earrings.

Heidi Klum

German model Heidi Klum rocks a slicked back top that perfectly goes with her blonde tresses. It was paired with a captivating dress completed with a pair of chandelier earrings.

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Slick Hair and Red Lips

Malin Akerman totally pulled-off this medium-length slicked back hairstyle during the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party wearing a maroon detailed dress and red lips.

Malin Akerman totally pulled-off this medium-length slicked back hairstyle during the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party wearing a maroon detailed dress and red lips.

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Free-spirited on a Headband 

The actress sports a loose hairstyle that’s slicked back by a headband. It is paired with charming boho earrings that she wore during the world premiere of “Rocky Balboa” on December 13, 2006.

Hayden Panettiere

The actress sports a loose hairstyle that’s slicked back by a headband. It is paired with charming boho earrings that she wore during the world premiere of “Rocky Balboa” on December 13, 2006.

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Be Audacious and Bold

Nicole Scherzinger looked ravishing in a halter dress and gold hoop earrings accentuated by her slicked-back hair. This was worn during the photocall for “The X Factor: Celebrity”, London held on October 9, 2019.

Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger looked ravishing in a halter dress and gold hoop earrings accentuated by her slicked-back hair. This was worn during the photocall for “The X Factor: Celebrity”, London held on October 9, 2019.

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Casual Slick Style

Freida went for a casual and simple slicked back style with a detailed yellow dress at the premiere of “Rust & Bone” in competition on May 17, 2012.

Freida went for a casual and simple slicked back style with a detailed yellow dress at the premiere of “Rust & Bone” in competition on May 17, 2012.

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Stylish Slicked-Back Pixie

Jessie J. performed at the Dubai Shopping Festival Fashion Show in Mall Of The Emirates last 20th of January 2017. She rocked the stage with a colorful romper to match her stylish slicked-back pixie hair.

Jessie J. performed at the Dubai Shopping Festival Fashion Show in Mall Of The Emirates the last 20th of January 2017. She rocked the stage with a colorful romper to match her stylish slicked-back pixie hair.

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Slick Ponytail

The stunning Mila Kunis wore her raven medium-length locks in a slick ponytail hairstyle that complemented her elegant neckline at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Bad Moms’ on July 26, 2016.

The stunning Mila Kunis wore her raven medium-length locks in a slick ponytail hairstyle that complemented her elegant neckline at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Bad Moms’ on July 26, 2016.

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Slick Pompadour Ponytail

The stunning actress wore a red leather dress paired with a sleek ponytail at the photocall for her new animated movie “Puss in Boots” last May 11, 2011.

The stunning actress wore a red leather dress paired with a sleek ponytail at the photocall for her new animated movie “Puss in Boots” last May 11, 2011.

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Slick Twisted Knot

Alyssa Milano slicked back her brunette tresses into a high twisted knot for the “Get Hard” Los Angeles Premiere on March 25, 2015.

Alyssa Milano slicked back her brunette tresses into a high twisted knot for the “Get Hard” Los Angeles Premiere on March 25, 2015.

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15 Types of Slicked Back Hairstyles for Women

1. The Schwarzkopf Hairstyle “Imperfection”

Ideal for hair of any length and color, the Schwarzkopf style creates a put-together casual look wonderful for school, the workplace, or a day out. For longer hair, “Imperfection” frames the cheeks to elongate rounder faces and on all face shapes highlight the cheekbones. For shoulder-length haircuts, “Imperfection” creates a clean fly-away look for a touch of blunt whimsy.

2. The Vintage

For a more classic style, the vintage slick back look creates soft lines that peak with a gentle roll at the crown of the head. This style elongates the face, highlighting your features while the texture of your gel adds a bit of edge to your style. This full slick back keeps hair away from your face, making the classic style a practical day and evening look.

3. The Pixie

The slicked pixie cut creates a sophisticated and rather intense vibe making it excellent for special occasions or making a statement. The gel adds an edge to your typical every-day style letting people know you’re on a mission. Done in tapers, waves, or tight lines, this simple but effective look takes only minutes to achieve and makes a lasting impression.

4. The Ponytail

Tie your hair into a tight ponytail and run gel through the tight strands. This style is ideal for those who want a simple solution to early morning hair routines while keeping their locks tame all day. Ideal for taming curly hair or keeping long hair out of your face while creating a clean-put together look.

**Add a braid to the ponytail for a little extra flair.

5. The Bob

Gels and bobs were made for each other. There are a variety of different styles and features to play with, but the most popular way to style bob is to tuck the sides tightly above the ears and gently roll bangs up and over to create a classy statement look which is stunning for weddings, family gatherings, banquets, and benefits.

6. Double (Or Triple) Tone

If your ends are a different color than your roots, you’ve been presented with a golden opportunity. Tie your hair up into a ponytail, braid, or really any taut updo you fancy, separating the different tones into two sections. Rub the gel over your roots to create a smooth and stark difference to highlight your unique color combinations. Ideal for natural and bold color blends. This is an excellent casual style that looks like much more work than it actually takes.

7. The Loose Boy Cut

Ideal for medium to long hair lengths, the loose boy cut slick highlights your face by drawing your hair to gently cascade down your back. This is a light gel style that creates a lasting impression and is especially effective in expressing personality based solely on your choice of clothing and makeup. This style is ideal for a date night, night out with friends, or a special occasion.

8. The Neat Bun

This style creates a classic chic look that is ideal for the workplace or for special evening occasions. The tight knot at the nape of the neck gives off an elegant vibe, and, like the loose boy cut, creates a statement all its own when accompanied with a certain combination of makeup and accessories. A gothic or whimsical personality can be communicated with this simple, classic look.

9. The Kardashian

Kim’s mid-length bob takes on the vibe of a fauxhawk but maintains a moderately feminine feel making it the ideal look for women who want to make a statement while embracing their femininity. The tapered edges of the bob and slight pompadour top create an edgy but gentle look which makes style wonderful for everyday activities or evening events.

10. Braided Sides

Braiding sides works excellently with short haircuts to add a bit of personality and flair to your normal style. A single small braid or a longer braid joined at the nape of the neck does wonder for dressing up your everyday look.

11. Retro

With your hair parted at the side and slicked only from the top, curl your edges to create a seriously voluminous look while keeping your hair away from your face. While this style is totally 80s, with the right attitude (and a little braiding on the side), this retro style works wonders in the 21st century.

12. The Runway

This style sports a light gelling which creates a more natural finish. The gentle gel application holds the roots into place but allows your hair’s natural volume and curl to shine as it blows in the wind. This is an unassuming look that accentuates your natural beauty by highlighting your face. These features make the Runway look ideal for any and all occasions.

13. The Messy Slick

This look is ideal for casual days at work or on vacation. The light gel application allows you the freedom to style your hair for the exact statement you want to make without the intensity of the full-on gel application. It is also ideal for every hair length and type because of the personal versatility which can be applied to this style.

14. The Slight Volume Slick

This is a standard slick-back style, ideal for any and all hair lengths, but this one comes with a bit of oomph to make that lasting impression. The high pompadour at the crown of the head elongates the face and creates an air of power. This empowering look is ideal for nailing that business meeting, landing that job, or as an elegant evening look.

15. The Mexican Twist

This is by far the most versatile of the slick-back hairstyles. The Mexican Twist sits tightly on the head and generates a wet look for the hair, which gives it a brilliant shine while making your color pop. If you have a medium to long hair length, twining it into a low bun or an elegant plait creates a lovely evening look to really show off your personal style.

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