When I was a kid I liked joking around slicking my hair straight back. I thought it was hip, slick and cool. While it’s not the most popular hairstyle for men, it’s still considered a dapper look and some men can pull it of spectacularly.
We love showcasing many examples of all kinds of hairstyles and do so for this type. Below you’ll find over 130 slicked-back hairstyles for men.
David Beckham’s Slicked Back Pompadour
Before David Beckham showed up at Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s wedding with a feathery crop and made the world swoon, the former Manchester United football player used to rock a slicked-back pompadour style. However, this look doesn’t come easy. To achieve the style, you need to blow-dry your hair, then add texture spray or mousse before a light pomade, and then fix it in place with some hairspray.
That’s how many products and stages it requires.
Brad Pitt’s Slicked-Back Undercut Style
A slicked-back undercut style is not for the faint of the heart, primarily because you have to wait for some time before your clipped-short side hair can grow back. To get the look, you need to grow at least a minimum of 4 to 6 inches of hair on top. Then your barber can section off the hair from your back and side and clip it off. At this stage, you can let him know how short you want to go. Then the barber can cut and shape the top and slick it back.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Hard Part + Disconnected Buzz Cut + Comb Over Style
The Portuguese football player is known for his good looks and his immaculate hair both on and off the field. Cristiano Ronaldo’s unique take on the slicked back style includes a harsh, often slanting side part, a disconnected buzz cut, and a comb-over, all held together with lots of pomade. This is the perfect look to keep yourself in style while playing the world’s most popular game.
Justin Timberlake’s Low-Fade Subtle Slick
Just because you want a slicked back style, doesn’t mean you need to add a gallon of hair product to your hair. For those who don’t like the heavy feeling that can come with using too much styling pomade, Justin Timberlake’s minimal product look is the best. The singer’s barber styled his sides in a low-fade, and gave his full top hair a subtle slick with lots of brush-overs. This is one of the best red-carpet’s hair looks.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Classic Comb-Over
Want an Oscar-worthy look? Get a cue from Leonardo DiCaprio. The “Revenant” star usually turns heads on the red carpet, and a lot of that has to do with his hair. While being awarded the Academy Award, the actor sported a classic comb-over look. Combined with his prominent widow’s peak, the hairstyle looked pretty elegant and dramatic.
Bradley Cooper’s Middle-Length Wet Waves
Even though he is a phenomenal actor, one of Bradley Cooper’s biggest claims-to-fame is his thick brown voluminous waves of hair. The “A Star is Born” actor is one of the few Hollywood actors who sports shoulder-length hair and rocks it. On red carpet events, Cooper often styles his hair in a wet look by adding styling product to his wavy locks and pushing them back away from his forehead. The style further highlights the actor’s prominent cheekbones and piercing eyes.
Chris Evans Side-Parted Slick with Beard
Who doesn’t love Captain America? Not only does he save the world, but he looks good doing it too. Chris Evans is known for his clean and polished look on the red carpet and this time isn’t any different either. The “Avengers” actor chose to style his thick hair in a side-parted slicked back part. With his beautifully groomed beard, the actor looks very refined and dapper.
Zac Efron’s Rolled Back Pompadour With Highlights
There is a reason why women love Zac Efron. With his highschool-boyfriend looks, the actor has stolen hearts all over the world ever since he first appeared in Disney’s “High School Musical.” He also knows how to dress up for the red carpet. Here, the actor is rocking a fluffed back pompadour, which has been set in place with some pomade or styling gel. To add more dimension to his hair, his stylist added some gold highlights on the front.
Chris Hemsworth’s Medium-Length Textured Slicked Hair
With his rugged good looks, it is no wonder that Chris Hemsworth is one of the most popular actors of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When he is not playing Thor, the actor cleans up very nicely in a tuxedo and slicked-back hair. Here, the actor has pushed back his brown waves and added just enough styling product to ensure his hair stay in place. His hair was also given some texture and volume so that it doesn’t seem plastered to his head.
Colin Farrell’s High-Volume Slicked Back Style
This great hairstyle worn by Colin Farrell is perfect for those men who want to keep their hair away from their face. Here, Farrell has kept the top of his hair about 4 to 6 inches long. However, his sides have been clipped shorter, but not too much. The shorter sides give his style balance and the top of his hair more volume. The slicked-back look gives Farrell a tidy appearance and is eye-catching and dramatic. It is a wonderful outgoing style.
Ryan Gosling’s Brush Up
This unassuming style sported by Ryan Gosling is beautiful in its simplicity. The “La La Land” actor chose to style his hair in a simple brush-up style rather than one that would stick out in the crowd. To get the look, cut your hair into medium-length feathery locks on the top and slightly shorter ones on the side. Add a bit of pomade to your hair just to push back and set your hair in place, but make sure that you don’t slick it down completely. This style is humble and perfect, just like the actor himself.
Eddie Redmayne’s Tousled Quiff
Curly hair like that of Eddie Redmayne can be notoriously difficult to style, but that doesn’t mean it won’t let you rock a killer slicked-back style. For a modern take on this classic style, you can loosen things up a little. Add lots of texture and volume on the top of the hair and use minimal amounts of products to maintain a natural appearance. You can also use your fingers for a tousled-looking quiff and add some texture sea salt spray to hold the natural waves.
Henry Cavill’s Wet Look With Forelock
If you want to go for a super-edgy look, try what Henry Cavill did. The “Justice League” actor who currently holds the title of “Superman,” came to his movie’s premiere with this grunge look, which is messy and super-casual, but also perfect for the red carpet. The actor used lots of pomade on his side-slicked hair but he also chose to adopt Superman’s signature forelock. The actor curled his front lock onto his forehead and kept his side-slicked hair curly and tousled for an edgy look.
Johnny Depp’s Messy Slicked Back Spikes With Forelock
Known for playing eccentric, and often times, dark roles, Johnny Depp often displays his unconventional tastes with his choice of apparel and hairstyle. Here, “The Fantastic Beasts” actor’s barber has styled his thick hair into gelled-up and slicked back spikes. He has also give Depp an edgy-looking forelock. The style is very unusual but fits Depp very well. For those who are not afraid of edgy, out-of-this-world styles, this slicked-back style is a masterpiece.
Taylor Lautner’s Cropped Tousled Wet Locks
Who says you can’t rock the slicked-back look with cropped hair. Just take a look at Taylor Lautner’s style. The “Scream Queens” actor got a killer slicked-back style by clipping off the hair on his sides slightly shorter than the ones on top of his head. He then styled his top hair into a riotous mess with the help of lots of pomade and styling gel and pushed his baby front locks back with them. This is a great look for formal events.
Long Slicked Back Hair
If you want to keep thing super-cool and modern, try this slicked-back style with long hair, like Brad Pitt. The actor added lots of gel product to give his hair a super-wet look. He then pushed it back and combed it down to his shoulders. The look is super casual and super cool and perfect for a day out chilling.
Slicked Back Man Bun
Do you know you can rock a man bun with a tuxedo? Just check out this great style. This model has his long hair slicked back from his forehead and tied back in a half man bun. Note that only the front of his hair is gelled back. The hair in his ponytail and down his back has minimal product, which gives this style balance and keeps thing both casual and sophisticated at the same time.
Messy Side-Combed Style
Do you want to go for a casual tousled look with a slicked-back style? Then this look is right up your alley. Ask your barber to blow-dry your hair to the side and then add some texturizing spray, styling gel, and pomade to keep the hair fixed in place as well as give it some texture, curls and volume. This is the perfect look that works both at the beach as well as formal events.
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Slicked back hairstyles for men with thin, straight hair. The finish is sleek and fresh-looking, formal events will absolutely appreciate this elegant look.
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An old school hairstyle incorporated with a Q-shaped wave for that cool hipster vibe.
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Combed waves with a sleek and smart finish paired with a hippie moustache to effectively frame the jawline.
The actor looked dapper with his semi slicked back hair and black, sophisticated suit. This photo was taken at the People's Choice Awards 2014 where he bagged loads of achievements.
The actor's curly hair is styled into this neat slicked back look last May 19, 2012 for the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival.
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Slicked back hairstyles are versatile and flexible enough to fit in into any kind of fashion sense and to blend with any other type of hairstyles. If you want to achieve a classy and trendy look, this slicked back, mini pompadour with a high fade is worth the try! Whether it's for a formal gathering or a casual meet-up, this one will definitely nail it.
Slicked back style with shaved sides and two stylish cornrows. The combination of these two different hairstyles are quite unexpected but the result is indeed trendy and edgy.
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Achieve a wet-looking, wavy slicked back by choosing the proper, extra-shiny pomade to style your waves. This hairdo also looks good on bearded people with tamed strands.
Long, slicked back hair with short sides. The center portion of the hair is dyed with a gray shade so the attention is dragged towards it.
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Arranging wavy hair into a nice slicked back 'do somehow results into a vintage style. But since wavy strands can sometimes be troublesome, be sure to use a proper hair gel that has a strong hold.
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Incorporating a faded cut on a slicked back style is one way to modernize the classic look. The man's mid-length, straight hair is arranged into a sleek curve all the way to the back while its faded sides are connected to the beard.
Medium-length, dark hair in a slicked back style. The strands are tucked and flattened behind the ear, creating a prim and proper hairstyle.
Thick, kinky hair relaxed and arranged in a slicked back style. If you have a beard, be sure to trim it a little to balance out the look.
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Don't let age define you, white hair is a sign of wisdom and styling it properly will do no harm. This man's salt and pepper hair is arranged into a sophisticated slicked back look oozing with class and style.
The man showcases his artistic tattoos by having a slicked back style on his fine, black hair. This look is a hit or miss, some might love it and some might hate it but the most important thing is that you are able to express yourself the way you want to.
This one is a combination of work and play. This conservative hairstyle looks great on a suit and tie but it's sculpted waves also work really well if you need a trendy vibe on your overall look.
Classic, slicked back hair in arranged wavy style to achieve a vintage look. Everything is set with a hairspray just to maintain the style through the day.
Good thing about a slicked back hairstyle is that you can blend it with other styles effectively. This slicked back hair is incorporated with a semi-fade sides and the result is absolutely worth the effort.
Below is a trend chart for “slicked back hairstyle”. It’s enjoying a little bit of a resurgence, but isn’t a trending cut.
The thing with this style, is it’s distinct from the cut. Many haircuts can be slicked back – short, long, fades, short sides, undercuts – can all be slicked back for a different look.
You can also change up the direction with the slick – straight back, slightly to the left or to the right. Short hair slicks into a bit of a spike. A loosened slick results in a pompadour.