How to Train Your Hair to Go Back – 9 Easy Ways To Slick Back Hair

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Styling your hair can be an intimidating task. However, hair styling is possible using the right tools and products. But it is an impossible task to train your hair to go back. When it comes to training their hair, a lot of people get restless and cut their hair short. And their desire to style their hair slicked-back remains elusive. Because there are many people who may not know the exact methods of how to train their hair to go back.

Over the years, slick back hairstyle has evolved in many forms. Many male celebrities do this hairstyle, therefore this hairstyle has gained popularity over the past few years.

You may have been inspired by celebrities and influences to see this amazing hairstyle, and you may want to style it on yourself. But your hair has its own tantrums. And it is not possible to get that perfect slicked-back hair in your curly, puffed, and frizzy hair.

Now you may be wondering how you can train your hair to go back? Is that’s actually possible? Let me answer your question, yes, it is true. You can definitely train your hair to go back.

But keep in mind that you can’t train your hair in a day. For this, you have to do a bit of training with your hair each day. When you become accustomed to a certain habit, over time your hair will be fully trained to go back. That’s why you have to work on this with a little patience.

If you apply very effective products and train properly with full dedication for two to three weeks, then these few weeks are enough for your hair to go back.

How easily the hair lay back, depends on the type of hair. Because our hair has its own natural direction to grow. You can’t just change it if you want to. But with a little patience and a little hard work, you can see the outcomes.

How do you train your hair to go back?

Like I said before, the natural growth of hair can never be changed. But if you accustom your hair with different headbands, gels, pomades, caps, and pins for a few weeks in a row, you can easily train your hair to lay back.

What are the hair growth patterns?

Before you learn to train your hair back, you must first know the patterns of hair growth.

Since everyone’s hair growth pattern is different, applying the same method for flat and slicked-back hair will not work for everyone. The angle and direction of human hair growth naturally differ from each other.

Cowlicks and widow’s peak are common in the hair growth pattern. Widow’s peak is a specific v-shapes hairline, visible on the forehead.

This V-shaped hairline can be seen when the hair is very short or pulled backward. Many people are at ease to show the widow’s peak and some people like to cover it with large hair.

Cowlicks are a part of the hair that rises straight or leans to a certain side in a strange manner, as opposed to the rest of the hair growth. Consequently, hairstyles cannot be done easily.

The most common cowlicks can be seen on the top of the head. And in some people, it can be seen in front of the head and back side of their head.

If you have cowlicks, it will be a little difficult then, to achieve slicked-back hair. That’s not impossible, though. Don’t be discouraged if you have cowlick or widow’s peak.

Also, don’t think that you can’t style your hair and you have to live with the weird hair growth pattern. Don’t stress, there are ways you can flatten and lie your hair on back.

Some simple steps to train your hair to go back

Some daily training is required to lie the hair backward, which makes the process of styling hair easier day by day.

The first step is getting a good haircut.

If you have cowlicks then there is a little problem to set the hair back. And it is impossible to train short-length hair. So, the first thing to do is to get a proper haircut.

How to train your hair to go back

Hair length must be 4 to 6 inches long if you want a slicked-back look. Such long hair is enough to cover up cowlicks.

So the next time when you go to the salon, ask your hairdresser to cut the hair at the top of your head longer. As if the hair on the top falls down to the side and it gives the look like every hair is going down. And also tell him to cut the hair shorter on the side and back of the head.

Because in general, it is seen that the hair on the side, grows out pointing outwards.

Remember that the shorter the hair, the harder it will be to train the hair. And if you have the right hair size, you can easily train your hair.

Pomade and wax to lie your hair back

You can use a good pomade or wax to make your hair slicked-back. You could be afraid or wonder if you should apply such a strong product to your hair or not.

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So let me tell you that there are a lot of safe, chemical-free pomades and waxes out there, which also work very well. All you need to do is select the correct product for you.

Pomade is a very effective product that is used to hold the hair back. There are two types of pomade, one is water-based and the other one is oil-based.

Oil-based pomade is the old version. It gives the hair shinier appearance and it is very difficult to wash. And the water-based pomade is the new variant. It does not give the hair a greasy look like oil-based pomades.

Don’t be stingy when it comes to buying pomade. Even if you spend a little more money, spend it on something that will have good results and won’t harm your hair.

Hair wax is a lot different than pomade. The wax dries on the hair very quickly. It works very well for smart and formal hairstyle.

Additionally, it keeps the hair neat and sleek. Wax does not lose hair’s volume at all.

Before buying pomade or wax, check carefully and then buy. Everyone’s hair type is different from each other, so all products may not suit everyone’s hair.

If your hair is thin and flat, then you need something that fits your hair. And if you have thick, curly hair, then you need something to match this type of hair.

Start using a clarifying shampoo

Use a clarifying shampoo once every two weeks, to prevent excessive build-up and cleanse the products on the hair.

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Clarifying Shampoo cleans the hair perfectly. Do not start using this shampoo daily. By the frequent usage of this shampoo, it eliminates the natural oil of the hair.

Due to the daily usage of this shampoo, the hair becomes dead and dull.

Now how to apply this shampoo? First, take coin-size shampoo and start applying it to wet hair, from the scalp to the rest of the length of the hair. And massage gently then wash your hair thoroughly.

After applying such a powerful shampoo to the hair, you can apply a conditioner or a hair mask to restore the natural shine and gloss of the hair.

Keep a dry shampoo on your hair styling list

Dry shampoo eliminates grease and dirt from your hair. This shampoo should not be applied to damp hair. This is a spray attached to a can, which is much more convenient to use.

You need to apply it on your dry hair or spray on areas of your scalp that appear to be greasy.

The hair follicles produce natural oil and the dry shampoo controls excessive oil production. When you are out for a long time or doing work that makes you sweat a lot and make your hair oily. And the dry shampoo gives it a silky appearance.

If your scalp contains too much oil that causes the build-up and you don’t have enough time for the shampoo regularly, then you can use the dry shampoo.

However, do not over-use dry shampoo. This causes dryness and itching on the scalp, clogging the pores of the scalp as well.

Brush your hair when it’s wet

Yes, if you want to train your hair to go back, comb wet hair. However, there is a high risk of hair breakage or damage during this time, so comb wet hair very carefully. Do not pull wet hair at all.

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When applying the shampoo or conditioner, take a wide tooth-comb, and start applying the shampoo or conditioner, take a wide-tooth comb, gently start the hair back with the comb.

 This process will not only cleanse your hair but also train your hair to go back.

Learn some techniques prior to combing the hair. For example, combing hair with a wide-tooth comb or wet brush. Start brushing from the end of the hair, then slowly move toward the roots.

If the hair gets entangled remove the entanglement with your finger and then start combing.

Then pat dry the hair with a towel. The next step is blow-dry, and to do blow-drying, Keep the hair as wet as it needs to be.

Brush your hair twice a day

Natural oils are released by the sebum of your hair follicles and use a comb to spread this natural oil uniformly through the scalp. Comb your hair at least twice a day. Combing the hair will not allow the oily scalp to accumulate.

If you don’t understand when to comb, then you can comb once in the morning and once at night. However, do not brush vigorously. Brush gently to avoid hair breakage or damage.

Hair can be divided into smaller sections to protect the hair from damage. When brushing dry hair starts combing from the midsection.

Remember that combing the hair not only keeps your hair entangled-free, it also keeps the scalp and hair healthy and shiny.

Blow dry to train your hair to go back

A hairdryer is an indispensable tool. This device is a must-have, in everyone’s hairstyling kit. Blow dryer helps in keeping the hair backward.

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This saves you a lot of time to achieve the look of your desire. But drying requires a great technique. Since hot air is applied to the hair during blow-drying, Apply a heat protectant to protect the hair from heat.

Always put medium heat in the hairdryer, and hold the hairdryer away from 6 to 10 inches of hair. Don’t blow in just one section for a long time. Hold a portion of the hair with a comb.

Then comb the part backward, and apply the air pressure of the blow dryer to the part of the hair that you are holding with the comb. That way, you’ll be able to lie your hair in whatever direction you want.

Finally, blast some cool air to set your slicked-back hairstyle. This cool air at the end will help to set the hair and also add shine.

Stop touching your hair

Try not to touch your hair often. Because we have dirt on our hands, there is a possibility of getting that dirt trapped in our hair and this dirt can make the hair shaft heavier, which can disturb your hair back training.

If you are used to touching your hair repeatedly, immediately stop doing so. Make sure the hair doesn’t fall on your face because it will reduce the tendency to touch your hair frequently.

Hair accessories are not bad

Hair accessories such as hair bands, hairnets, baseball caps, and durags are very helpful in training the hair to go back. Wear these accessories after brushing or combing.

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You definitely don’t want to go outside, wearing these. So, you can wear these when you are at home. These make the process of training the hair go back, easier and faster.

These hair accessories put downward pressure on the hair. You don’t have to wear these all day. When you want to have a slicked-back hairstyle, just wear these for a while, that’s all.

 And if you use them for a while every day, in only a few days, you will see that your hair has been trained a lot to go back.


Lastly, keep in mind that training your hair to go back is possible and that it is a matter of time. It is therefore necessary to be a bit patient. If you go through each step on a regular basis, you will see the difference. Again, don’t be stingy with hair products. Invest in the best and high-quality hair products you need and you too can achieve a slicked-back hairstyle like your favorite celebrity.

Abhijit Sarkar

Abhijit Sarkar

Abhijit Sarkar is a passionate automobile engineer and part-time content writer. With his deep interest in skincare and hair care, he brings a unique perspective to the world of beauty. Abhijit's expertise lies in dissecting the science behind various hair and skin problems, providing effective solutions, and sharing practical tips for a healthy and radiant appearance. As a meticulous researcher, he delves into the intricacies of beneficial and harmful ingredients, empowering readers to make informed choices. Through his engaging articles, Abhijit aims to simplify the complexities of hair and skincare, helping readers unlock their true beauty potential.

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