Party Prep: Slicked Back Hair

The Christmas Party is coming up and what better time to try out the trends you just can’t wear every day. Well maybe you could, but… effort.

Usually I’m not one for the beauty regimes, hair styling, or anything much further than the bare minimal to leave the house without looking homeless. Just ask the girls at work. I go for, and I quote “the natural look” (I’m still pretending that wasn’t an insult). But, it’s Christmas… and if you can’t do it at Christmas, when else can you? Yes, I’m quoting Love actually.

My most recent beauty crusades (literally, quests that took priority over everything else in my life) included the faux bob and glitter eyes.

This year I don’t have time on my side. I’m going straight from work, to getting ready, to the party… and food somewhere in between. So, I’ve decided to go for the simple but effective slicked back hair, as seen on Gigi, Kendall and basically the entire model crew.

Here’s how to get the look in 3 simple steps:


Step 1 – Straighten your hair.

For the full ‘just strutted out of a pool’ look, this is fairly crucial. Make sure to straighten in layers, especially if you have thick hair.

 Step 2 – Apply the putty

This was where I made my first mistake, applying far too little. The instructions I was following were or a subtler pushed back look and I really wanted a full on wet look. So begin with a small amount, maybe the size of a 50p piece, but don’t be afraid to build up if you feel you need it. Again, thicker hair = more putty (I realise that’s fairly obvious).

 Step 3 – Comb your hair

A finer toothed comb is better for this, as it really puts the hair in place and can be smoothed over afterwards. Be sure to comb the sides back all the way past your ears.


And here's the finished look...

The Results

I’m less convinced on simple, but it was definitely effective and gives me a great excuse to whip out that ear cuff I was never quite sure when I was going to wear.

Honestly, my hair did NOT look like this 10 minutes later. Mostly due to the lack of putty and the fact that I totally didn’t bother with hairspray, considering it was already about 10pm and I wasn’t actually going anywhere. I would recommend investing in a really good gel or putty and a LOT of hairspray as well as giving your hair a really good backcomb. But that’s what a practice run’s for right?