When I think of a slick back I think of hair cuts with fairly long hair on the top and sides. All slicked back like a greaser. A classic slick back had characteristics of being flat and very sharp. The Modern slick back takes notes from the classic and gives it a fresher look. We now get slick backs with an undercut and instead of keeping it flat, we give it a bit of volume and texture. Cue in Joe as he shows you the awesomeness of a Modern Slick Back.
Let’s remember that Slick backs are meant to be sharp and clean so using a shine finish product is quite popular. An example would be a pomade. The oily-ness from a pomade helps produce a slicker look while also keeping the hair down and together. The biggest difference when using a pomade and clay or wax is usually the ingredients used to make those products and how they apply in the hair.
tend to be more of a stronger hold with more essential oils, this allows the hair to be combed easily to tighten the hair together to create a really clean slick look. “Hand” combing is very popular with products like clay and wax. Basically when using clays or waxes, the product itself is quite sticky and that makes it tough to comb. If you tried to comb your hair with wax or clay it would create a big tug on your hair because the product is more dry than pomade. It’s quite the opposite with pomade, in the sense that you don’t get the same result “hand” combing hair with pomade.
The reason why Joe doesn’t use clay or wax in his slick backs are most likely because those products are used for more textured looks.