A 5-Step Tutorial for the Trend Everyone Is Wearing: Slicked-Back Hair

It's easier than you think.

From the runway to the red carpet, the slicked-back hair trend has taken off. Which is great for supermodels and celebrities, but what about the rest of us—can “normal” folks translate the look for everyday? Yes indeed, says our resident hair guru Jen Atkin, who showed us how to pull off the trend work in real life.
Keep scrolling to see the step-by-step tutorial!

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Start with damp hair (clean or dirty).

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Step One: Brush

Using a boar-bristle brush, brush your hair straight back.

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Step Two: Blow Dry

Attach the nozzle to your hairdryer for control, and blow-dry your hair flat to your head shape.

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Step Three: Flat Iron the Ends

Work in small sections to smooth out the ends with a flat-iron.

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Step Four: Flat Iron the Top

To make sure the front is super sleek, take a 2- to 3-inch section, brush it up, and flat iron it all the way back.

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Step Five: Oil

Smooth a small amount of hair oil—we’re using Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil ($56) from Oribe—through your hair to tame flyways and add shine. Just don’t make it too perfect. The look is sleek, but it should still look like hair.

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You can finish the look with a fine mist of hairspray if you need a little more hold, and then your slicked-back look is complete!
Photographer: Justin Coit
Makeup Artist: Roxy
Hairstylist: Jen Atkin
Producer: Jenna Peffley
Model: Corrie
Fashion credits: Liv Haley Pyramid Stud ($110) in Silver, Shylee Rose Mini Dagger Studs ($650)
Don’t miss Atkin’s cool-girl version of a low bun and find even more hair inspiration on her website Mane Addicts!

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