The Slick Back

The Slick Back
30th December 2017 Mr Barbers

Introducing Series 01: ‘The Slick Back’

Step one: Prepare Hair

Apply water to hair with a spray bottle and comb through to prep the hair. Wet hair is easier to cut as the hair absorbs moisture and becomes more flexible; this allows the stylist a better cut than dry cutting. In any case, your barber will heavily spray your hair before and during cutting as the hair will dry out differently over the head. Here we are also using ‘tie up’ clips to separate the top from the sides so the barber can focus on each section of the head.



Step two: Back & Sides

The ‘slick back’ is a hairstyle that involves keeping the sides and back of your head in an undercut fashion while the hair on the top is kept long enough to be able to slick back. Such a hairstyle requires a fade to be blended into the undercut on the sides and back of the head.




Step three: Transition Fade

Here we’re working with our comb and scissors on the transition between the top of the fade and the edges on top. Note: The type of fade you get has a dramatic effect on the way your slick back is going to look. Talk to your MR.barber about the different types of fades out there and what style will best suit your head shape and lifestyle.


Step four: Neaten Edges

Although we want to keep as much length on top for the hair to be long enough to sweep back we also want to ensure our edges are neat and tidy. Work from front to back with your scissors and comb and snip tips for a clean and neat look.


Step five: Blow dry

Blow dry hair back to achieve the desired slick back look, bringing the sides into the back and while blow drying to enhance volume into the hair as you brush backwards. Tip: At this stage, boosting powder and a Pompadour brush can be used to work through the hair enhancing volume for that pompey slick back style.




Step six: Apply product 

Finally, apply your chosen hair product (We like to use a pliable Pomade such as MR.Barbers Pomade Wax) to the palms of your hands and gently work into a soft paste with your fingers. Apply the product with both hands to the head while working backwards with the hair, gently touching up any loose ends for the finished look.