Fashion & Style

These Are The Products You Need to Achieve the Perfect Slicked-Back Bun

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Including but not limited to: must-have brushes, frizz-taming creams, and stronghold gels.

What’s slick, sleek and chic all over? A slicked-back bun, of course.

Worn for decades in Black and brown communities, backed by seemingly every content creator on TikTok, and worn by trendsetting models like Bella Hadid, it’s clear that this slicked-back style has major staying power.

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Its cleanliness gives off a polished look that everyone loves — hair that’s been styled but not overdone. It snatches the face for a naturally sculpted model-off-duty look. It’s simple enough to style. But there is a fair amount of personal preference and self-assessment that should come into play before you attempt a slicked-back bun. Ultimately, the success of this style is largely determined by the products you choose.

Sure, a brush and a holding product of some sort are the absolute bare necessities, but your dream slicked-back bun may be the result of a more personalized and involved concoction of products. Do you prefer the finish of a cream or gel? Does your hair type require products with extra hold? To mousse or not to mousse?

From must-have brushes to frizz-taming favourites, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best slicked-back bun essentials to help keep strands sleek and stray hairs in check without leaving behind a greasy finish or product build-up. Whether your hair is naturally straight or coiled, we’ve got you covered below.