How to: men’s side slicked hair

Sometimes a slick men’s hairstyle can look completely serious, clean and refined, and sometimes it can actually add an edge. It takes a certain amount of daring to go for an ultra-neat look after all – especially in a casual situation.

But whether you’re willing to wear a slicked-to-the-side men’s ‘do on a regular day, or whether you save it for a special occasion, the point still stands: according to the runways it’s a style that remains on trend. Thanks to out regular collaborator and hair guru Annika Bowen, we have the how to for this side-slick look right after the break.

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How to: men’s side-slick look

Here’s how to get the look, which was spotted most recently at the Jil Sander fall 2014 show.

To get this look right, you need to start with towel dried or damp hair. Apply salt spray which will give a light pliable hold to the hair, controlling fizz and fight humidity. Annika recommends a product like Tigi Sessions Series Salt Spray.
Using a hair dryer, dry in product and direct hair into position: create a side part then dry the hair to the sides and from the crown dry back down.

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Once hair is dried, comb into style again. Take some wet look gel and apply a fair amount on your hair (Annika suggests the amount to be a blob about 1 inch in diameter). Rub the product through your hands first and wipe down on hair. You may have to apply more gel in some sections depending on how thick and how slick you want your hair to be.

You can use any wet look gel for this hairstyle but Annika Suggests Tigi’s Session Series Wet Look Gel. This product is non-flaking and lasts the whole day.

Now it’s time to work on that side-slick. On the side you are slicking it over to, apply gel starting underneath and comb it into place. Continue doing this is several sections of your hair until you have achieved side slick.

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If you want a stronger look, make sure your side parting is straight and slick the sides down sharply. If you don’t want to have a definite parting, comb hair forward and then across ever so slightly. For the other sections of your hair like the back and sides make sure your hair is directed down.

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Voila – a simple yet classic side-slick. For the ultimate contrast pair it with your coolest, most casual off-duty outfit, or marry it with a sharp dinner suit for night time.

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