5 Rules For Pulling Off Slicked-Back Hair

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Think you can’t pull off this daring hair trend? Think again. Follow these simple beauty mantras and you’ll be sweeping your strands backwards in no time.

Trend To Try: Slicked-Back Hair

It's the perfect look for everything from on-the-go summer days to sexy nighttime soirees. We're also all about it the style for pool parties, when the last thing you want to worry about is maintaining perfectly styled bangs!

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You Need: Day-Old Texture

Fluffy, bouncy, just-washed hair is too romantic for this sexy, low-key hairstyle. Try this trend in between shampoos or fake the messy bedhead look with products that add texture and grip.

You Need: The Right Grooming Product

Keep strands in place without giving hair a uniform, helmet-like appearance with a flexible styling cream, gel or mousse. Use a wide tooth comb or your hands to apply the product for a natural, not-too-perfect effect.

You Need: Confidence In Spades

We’re fully convinced that one of the most important steps in rocking this trend is full-on confidence. When in doubt conjure the smokin’ hot, kinda sporty nonchalance of the models on Gucci’s spring 2014 runway.

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You Need: A Hidden Agenda

Use this timesaving, low-fi hairstyle as an opportunity to take a break from heat styling and treat damaged strands. Incorporate leave-in conditioner or hair oil into the styling process for a healing effect - double up on product and you won't even need styling cream.

You Need: A Back Up Plan

Even the most low-maintenance and cool hairstyles require a little upkeep throughout the day. For a quick update to this one, slick hair back into a low ponytail or add a stylish turban or headband for a refreshed look.