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With spring in full gear, it’s officially time to update your wardrobe—and your hair. Though slicked-back strands have been a huge trend in 2018, not all sleek looks are created equal. From gritty and textured to a cool undercut, if you’re committing to a slicked-back ‘do, it’s important that your clothes complement—not compete—with your style. Read on to discover the best sleek look for you.


Slick Side Part


If a suit and tie is your daily uniform, it’s best to stick to a short length and sleek side parting for a polished, professional feel. Ask your barber for a sharp fade to add even more drama to the look. To achieve that high-shine finish, opt for a styling pomade with medium hold.

Try: American Crew Pomade


Textured Wave


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For a jeans and a T-shirt type of day, opt for a soft wave. Though the style has the same polished feel as the traditional slick-back, the natural texture makes the look casual and wearable. The key to letting your natural wave show through and achieve that slicked-back finish? Avoid over-brushing, and apply a styling cream or wax to damp strands, then use a comb to form the hair and allow it to air-dry.

Try: American Crew Forming Cream


Slick and Voluminous


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Want to add some edge to your look? Don’t be afraid to add height to your style! This high-shine slick-back has a modern bad-boy feel that’s begging to be paired with a leather jacket and dark-wash jeans. To give hair maximum lift, apply a thickening paste to damp hair to add body and thickness to the roots, then use a round brush to achieve desired shape and height. Finish with a high-hold hairspray for a cutting-edge look that will command attention.

Try: American Crew Fiber and American Crew Grooming Spray

As always speak with your stylist or barber – they know your hair the best. For more helpful styling tips, tricks and inspiration be sure to stalk American Crew on Bangstyle and check out their latest techniques on Instagram @AmericanCrew.