How To: Bella Hadid Slicked Back Hair (Easy)

You know! This hairdo:


I started doing this last year, when I still had my long bob. It was super easy, I could do anything in it without worrying about messing it up, & all eyes were on my face (& my makeup, if I chose to wear any).

Basically, it’s for people who want to look glam but don’t want to mess around with curls, waves, or loose hair in general. Which I get…I mean, I shaved my head to a 2″ because I was so done with patting my hair.

It seems kind of complicated, looking at it. & let’s be real – Bella’s version of the slick back (as I like to call it) is truly perfect. She has a stylist & unlimited amounts of expensive product at her disposal. So, yeah: every time Bella steps out to get papped, her slick back will truly look perfect.

Not to brag, but I’ve gotten pretty good at doing this – even though my hair is still short, it’s really not a hard thing to do once you know what to do, & what kind of products to use. At this point, I’d even say my hair almost as good as Bella’s. So: without further ado, here’s how to do a Bella Hadid-style slick back, feat. me, my hair, & a lot of bobby pins.


  • Bobby pins – yeah, you’re going to need a lot of these babies, especially if you’re new to this. Pro tip: put the bobby pin on the “wrong” way – that is, the bumpy stick-up part goes UNDER your hair, not over it. Turns out that’s actually the right way to do it, & I was being fooled for 18.5 years.
  • Some kind of hair balm – I’ve been using Hairstory’s “Dressed Up” hair lotion for a bit now, & it works really, really well. It’s super light, but gives some texture, which is key if you want to pin your hair back. Also: The Ouai (started by Jen Atkin, who actually does the Hadid’s & Kardashian’s hair) has a really nice Matte Pomade that I have my eye on – & it’s not too expensive, either. I also have a mini of The Ouai’s Finishing Créme – it’s “a lightweight cream that protects from heat styling, smooths dry ends, and gives fine to medium hair that lived-in look with a light-reflective shine” according to the Sephora site. Since I have it, I feel like I might as well give it a go for this type of hair style that I like so much!
  • Hair oil – Bella’s do is sleek for a reason: it’s because she uses hair oil to get that super shine. My absolute favorite, favorite favorite is Biossance’s 100% Squalane Oil: I use it for pretty much everything (I love massaging it into my damp hair after a shower) but I especially love putting some on top of my ‘do when I’m done fixing it. It adds shine, but no grease, which is exactly what I’m trying to achieve. Plus: it doesn’t have a scent, so if you’re worried about your hair overpowering your fragrance, it won’t be an issue if you give this one a go. Use whichever one works best for you – but know that hair oil is a must if you want your hair to look shiny & sleek for this kind of style.
  • Hair tie – just your average run-of the-mill hair tie
  • Scrunchie (if you wanna be extra, like me) – just whichever scrunchie speaks to you! I like scrunchies because my hair’s short, so even low buns can have pieces of hair stick out. Scrunchies gather up that extra hair & hide pieces that stick out. I have scrunchies from American Apparel (rest in peace), Urban Outfitters, Free People, & whichever little farmer’s market or boutique I see one at that I really like! Scrunchies also double as a cute little accessory – I love wearing them on my wrists!

Now for the video: (not sure why the quality is bad; bear with me!)


The finished look on the day I made this video! Couple flyaways, yes – could be better, but here was the final result!

In this particular video, I didn’t use Hairstory’s Dressed Up lotion; I used the Aromatica Damask Rose Gel – not meant to be a hair product, but I explain pretty clearly why I used it! This was two-day hair, so I already had a good bit of texture in it.

I hope that gives all of you some tips for how to get hair like this! If you haven’t tried it before, I highly recommend you give it a go. It can be overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll take you less than 5 minutes to have a hair style that will last you the whole day (maybe even night – once I slept in this & woke up unbothered!)


Sof ❤

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