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Hairstyles for men: Jake Gyllenhaal's slicked back look

/ 05.14.2015
Jake Gyllenhaal at the Cannes Film Festival
Jake Gyllenhaal at the Cannes Film Festival

When you're looking for polished, well-groomed men's hairstyle ideas, the Cannes Film Festival is a real treasure trove. This year, jury member Jake Gyllenhaal has kicked things off with what appears to be his new trademark look: a slicked back, voluminous hairstyle.

If you have naturally thick hair and need a way to tame it for a formal event, or you just want your mane to appear more pulled together than usual, this could be just the style for you.

Two ways to get the look

1/ With gel

For a super slick look, push your hair back with some gel. Start small and add more as needed until your hair will stay back by itself. To add height on the top of your head, massage the roots with your fingertips after applying the gel, then gently smooth the top over with a comb.

Once it sets, the gel will keep your strands in place until you wash it out, while keeping frizz at bay by sealing your hair against any humidity in the air.

2/ With pomade

For more flexible hold and a low-shine finish, use pomade to slick your hair back. Again, start with a small amount, warming it in your hands first to emulsify it, then add more if needed. Smooth your hair with a comb to keep the look controlled, then smooth down the sides and back with your hands to finish. If you need to, you can reshape your hair on the go because the pomade won't set hard.


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