Slick it real good, Boss Dog Styling Cream in GQ

The right products and techniques for that iconic look.

Slick-backed hair has evolved through the years: You can still wear it like a stock trader, or opt for a more casual-cool, less shiny finish. (Same idea, less slick.) Regardless of your intent, we wanted to know how to get long-lasting, good-looking results every time. For that, we sought expertise from Gregorio Ruggeri, owner and lead stylist at Salon Ruggeri in NYC.

The Best Products to Use

First, you should always style clean hair. If you’ve got remnants of yesterday’s product, or if your hair is the least bit greasy, you’ll compromise any effectiveness. “The greasier the hair, the flatter it will become & quicker the slick look will become undone,” Ruggeri says. So, start by shampooing it . This will give you a clean canvas for the rest of the process.

As for the best hair stylers, you have a few options for the slickback, depending on the amount of hold and shine that you want. Here are your best bets:

For light hold and light shine use crème We love love love Fatboy’s Boss Dog Styling Cream, which will give your hair the control and style you want, but will make it look as if there’s no product added at all.