Tips & Techniques, Wellness / Self-Care

3 different products to achieve slicked back Hair

The relaxed, yet classy summer look.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jun 2, 2022

Do you love the slicked back hair look in the summer or for work settings? Or, maybe you’ve never tried the sophisticated look because you don’t feel like you can pull it off. Well, we are here to say that you can, and there is no better time to experiment with the hairstyle than in the summertime. All you need to know is what products work best for your hair type.


A good rule of thumb is to use a pomade for thin-to-medium textured hair, and wax for easy application. Ahead, read more about the specific products for specific hair types to get the slicked back hairstyle of your dreams.



There are 2 different types of pomade: Oil-based and water-based.


Oil-based pomades are great for dry hair and shine, but they are wildly difficult to wash out. Instead, use a weightless water-based pomade for fine-to-medium hair. It should be similar to a hair gel — without the heaviness or the helmet drying effect.


A water-based pomade doesn’t give off as much shine or grease but provides a great amount of hold. AKA, the results are shine and hold without the crunchiness or oiliness. Plus, a water-based pomade brushes and washes out easily, helping you layer other products with ease.


Additionally, you can reapply it every morning without too much residue or buildup. It really is the perfect balance of holding back the hair and not weighing it down.



The only function wax was created for was to hold hair back. Unlike pomade, utilizing wax does not pose any risk of flattening natural curls or losing volume. However, the turn off is that wax does not produce as much shine as a pomade.



Clay has been used at barber shops for years as a hero product for slicking back hair. If you have oily hair, clay will help make your hair more dry and give it a natural textural appearance.


How to slick back hair

Now that you know what products to invest in for your specific hair type, here are the steps to achieving the style.


1. Towel dry your hair until it’s damp.


2. Apply the product to hair, distributing it evenly through longer sections (with fingers or a fine-tooth comb).


3. Comb hair towards the back of head.


4. Next, you have 2 options: Allow your hair to dry naturally for a looser slicked back look, or blow dry your style into place for added volume and hold.


5. Once dry, decide if you need to apply more product for a firmer hold.


Want to know how to get your hands on some of the best waxes and pomades out there? Here’s your go-to list of Blind Barber and Baxter of California options—loved and approved by pro barbers alike.