The Best Way to Slick Back Baby Hairs for Curly Hair

If you haven't noticed I have very thick curly hair. While it looks beautiful when it's fresh and curly it can be ALOT to manage and brush. I rock the messy looks with ease but anything "slick back" is a little harder. Here's my hack for getting the slicked back look.

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Start with a loose ponytail we're going to re-do it

Then grab a toothbrush and dab it in some hair gel

Lightly tap the baby hair but avoid pressing down on your head

Try to apply a small amount of gel on the larger baby hairs first

Then once you've applied the gel evenly throughout the hair you can press the toothbrush down. If you were to press down immediately you could over apply too much gel in one area.

Then using a brush with thick and hard bristles brush back all the baby hair

Now undo your ponytail and redo it using that same brush

Here's my final look. Notice I have alot less baby hairs exploding everywhere

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  • Ginger Ginger on Oct 10, 2023

    I’ve used this method for decades, even before the internet was created and before it became popular with women of color, and now I just let my hair out and style it whichever way it wants to… My hair developed a brain of its own and at 52 years old, I think it’s as beautiful as ever. And, Im a silver fox.

    Ladies, there’s no need to post such hostile comments. There ate still a lot of people who have no idea of this method. That negative energy can turn into baaaad karma.

  • Phyllis Phyllis on Oct 10, 2023

    Let there be peace on earth and LET IT BEGIN WITH ME. If people have to be ugly with each other over a lovely girl’s hair hack, how can we ever expect people to be civil to each other and when it comes to bigger, more important issues? No wonder there is war all around us when people are so unkind in small ways. And I’m guessing most of the nasty replies are from women. Shame! We must do better as examples!

    • Jaejae Jaejae on Oct 11, 2023

      Phyllis, I agree. As women we need to be more supportive of each other rather than putting each other down. As a black woman I’ve dealt with the baby hair around my face most of my life. So, this tutorial does not help me but I applaud the young lady who shared it because it may help younger girls coming up after her on how to deal with it. So, good job, Sarah and keep promoting your ideas!