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Slicked back hair is one of those classic men’s looks that keeps getting reinvented and never goes out of style.

These cool looks all comb hair back but that’s where the similarities end. Slick hair can be shiny, matte, up high, down low, messy, clean, short, medium, long, and curly, to name a few.

Slicked back hair does not have the volume of a pompadour, the bump of a quiff, or the direction of a side part or comb over.

Got it? Check out these 22 retro and new ways to rock slicked back hair for men.

1. Slicked Back Hair

Petey Rock the Barber

This timeless slicked back style with a fade looks great for every type and helps fine, blonder hair appear thicker and fuller.

2. Classic Slicked Back Hair Men


Commit to the vintage look with greaser style pulled straight back with a fine tooth comb for those lines. You don’t have to add a handlebar mustache, full beard, and suspenders but you could look this good.

3. Long Slicked Back Hair


The first hairstyle for men’s long hair that comes to mind is probably the man bun but slicking hair back is a cool way to pull hair back while leaving locks loose.


For longer hair, a looser version of slick hair can make sense. Try a medium hold texturizing product and work it through hair with fingers to get this structured flow.

7. How To Slick Back Hair

Suavecito Pomade

Who better to show you how to slick back hair than Suavecito, a water-based pomade brand designed to recreate greaser styles without the grease.

All slick styles are created the same way. Work product into damp or dry hair and push it back with fingers or a comb. The difference come from the product used – whether it is matte or shiny and holds hair down or lifts hair up.

8. Slicked Back Curly Hair

Twisted Mister Barber

Some guys straighten curly hair before slicking it back but there’s no need to get rid of that texture. Use a curl cream to lock in curl and hold it back.


Longer hair means more texture at the back.

9. Short Slicked Back Hair

Mark Ćulibrk

Here’s how short hair looks slicked back. From the front, it looks the same as longer hair. From the side, shorter strands are visible.

Styling short slicked back hair is the same as with longer locks. Add product and push it back.

10. Medium Slicked Back Hair

Lazarou Duke Street Barbers

Classic slick styles are medium length but these modern looks add some volume and texture, movement and flow.

For guys who have the Covid grow-out, this is a cool cut and style to hang onto some length and tidy it up.

11. Slicked Back Hair Fade

Petey Rock the Barber

A fade haircut with slick style is classic, modern, and always cool.

12. Slick Back + Undercut


This is one of the most popular ways to wear an undercut.

13. Slicked Back Taper

Patrick Marinho

A taper fade is a small fade at the neckline and sideburn with an arch over the ear. It’s a cool way to keep hair longer all over and have clean edges.

14. Slicked Back Hair For Asian Men


The swept back style is a great choice for Asian men. This high volume style with some messy texture is just one way to get the look.

15. Gangster Slicked Back Hair