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 off 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.
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 claim-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 products 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
Ryan Gosling’s beautiful slicked back hairstyle during the Critics’ Choice Awards on December 11, 2016, held in Hollywood.
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.
Long Slicked Back Hair
If you want to keep things 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.
Matthew McConaughey’s Slick, Long and Wavy
Matthew McConaughey’s dark red suit complements his sophisticated slicked-back long wavy hair and thick beard at the premiere of ‘The Sea Of Trees’ during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival last May 16, 2015, in Cannes, France.
Chris Hemsworth’s Slicked Back Long Hair
Chris Hemsworth wore a three-piece pinstriped suit with a slicked-back hairstyle in the 2013 wold premiere of Rush with wife, Elsa Pataky.
Chris Hemsworth’s Elegant Brushed Back Hair
Last January 12, 2014, Chris Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky were at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Chris wore a velvet suit with an elegant highlight slicked-back hairstyle.
Johnny Depp’s Slicked Back Shiny Black Hair
Actor Johnny Depp had his usually messy hair slicked back into this raven masterpiece paired with mismatched earrings and some necklaces during the “Black Mass” premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival last September 14, 2015, in Toronto, Canada.
Johnny Depp’s Long Undercut Slicked Back
Johnny Depp sported a vintage classic look with this slicked back undercut hairstyle at the London premiere of his film “Murder on the Orient Express” in 2017.
David Beckham’s Iconic Pompadour and Slick
The football star looked neat and classy with a pompadour hairstyle that’s slicked back at the H&M Modern Essentials Campaign Launch at the H&M Store on September 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA.
Andrew Garfield’s Stylish Slicked Back
Andrew Garfield arrived at the Critics’ Choice Awards 2016 in Hollywood, CA with a slick and stylish hair. This neat look perfectly goes well with his classic black suit.
Andrew Garfield’s Sleek Comb Over
The actor is undeniably handsome with a comb overlook at the revival of Angels in America play after-party last March 25, 2018. It was completed with a brown suit that’s paired with a lovely floral print tie.
Chris Pine’s Slicked Pompadour
Chris Pine was a picture of classy sophistication with his blue velvet suit and slick side-swept pompadour hairstyle at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ held at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood last February 26, 2018.
Bryan Greenberg’s Slick Undercut
Bryan Greenberg wore his swept-back undercut fade hair for the Haunted Hayride 8th Annual VIP Black Carpet Event at the Griffith Park last October 9, 2016, in Los Angeles, CA. He paired this with a casual button-down shirt.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Neat Slick
Leonardo DiCaprio had a clean and tidy slicked back complemented with stubble beard during the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards on January 16, 2014.
Jared Leto’s Red Slick
Jared Leto dyed his slicked locks in a vibrant red hue during the 2015 LACMA Art+Film Gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 7, 2015.
Orlando Bloom’s beautiful long curly hair was slicked back for a vintage look at the 2003 premiere of his new movie “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in Los Angeles.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s Loose Slicked Back
The English actor styled his medium-length black hair in a loose slicked back at the UK Premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness at The Empire Cinema on May 2, 2013.
Milo Ventimiglia’s Classic Short Slick
Milo Ventimiglia looking all fresh and clean in a neat slicked back hairstyle worn at the premiere of “Grown Ups 2” on June 10, 2013.
Adam Levine’s Slick Pompadour
Adam Levine attended the closing night gala premiere of ‘Begin Again’ during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC. He was dapper in his blue suit and brushed up slick pompadour hairstyle and trimmed beard.
Henry Cavill’s Gelled Sweep Back
Henry Cavill went with a full beard and longer hair arranged in a gelled sweep back during the CinemaCon 2017-Warner Brothers on March 29, 2017.
Chris Evans’ Slick Brushed Back Hairstyle
Chris Evans was a picture of dapper sophistication in his classy suit, trimmed beard and side-parted slick hairstyle at the European film premiere of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ at Vue Westfield on April 26, 2016, in London, England.
Ryan Gosling’s Long Slicked Back Hairstyle
Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling were at the 12th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on January 12, 2007. Gosling wore a three-piece suit with his long slicked back hairstyle.
Ryan Gosling’s Slick Side-Parted Fade
Ryan Gosling looked dapper in his black tux and brushed back slick hairstyle at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2017 in Palm Springs, CA.
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 a minimal product, which gives this style balance and keeps things 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.
Gaspard Ulliel sporting a beautiful slicked back hairstyle during the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
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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.