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Slick side part tutorial for men

/ 04.24.2014
Go slick or go home
Go slick or go home

Super-slick side parted hairstyles are the ultimate in wet-look hair for men. It's a style that always looks pulled together, formal and totally under control. (Bet you can't imagine Don Draper wearing his hair any other way!) There are several different approaches to this hairstyle, including matte-effect and slightly tousled. Which one you choose all depends on what kind of look you want to achieve.

It's always best to give yourself plenty of options so why not learn a few different methods? That way, you'll always have a few styling tricks up your sleeve...

Slick

Like the guy in the photo opposite, a well-styled wet-look hairstyle is perfect for a formal occasion. To get the look, you need to smooth some gel back through your hair then comb into shape. Apply more gel as needed, rather than overloading your hair at the beginning.

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Alternatively, you can go for a more tousled version. Warm some pomade on your fingertips then run it back through your hair. Take a wide-tooth comb and part your hair to one side then comb all of the hair through. Finally, tousle and muss with your fingertips to rough it up a little. Again, apply the pomade sparingly and use only as much as you need!

Matte

Who needs low-shine when you can have no-shine? A matte finish makes a well-groomed hairstyle really stand out from the crowd and requires the same styling technique as a slick style. The only difference is the product. To perfect this look, you need some grooming clay that gives plenty of hold.

Which style do you like best?

Inspiration

Strong hold - for a clean and natural look. Can achieve a fixed look by smoothing product with palms onto the hair. Can also achieve a structured...
MineralFX 24H Melting Gel
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"Shine-free, touchable pomade with extra strong hold for creating airy hair styles. Doesn’t set hard so you can reshape your style. No stickiness,...
Shaping Pomade
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Reworkable clay for creating tamed and refined hair styles. Remouldable and smooth look.
Grooming Clay
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