How to: Secrets to a slick back-bun

Ever had trouble achieving that perfect fly-away-free slicked up-do?

We definitely have, so here’s all the tips and the tricks we found to tame your mane. 

Tiktok has been going wild for the sleek model-off duty look lately, and the trick to achieving that look is all in the hair. Supermodels such as Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber have been loving this look and we understand why. A simple slick back bun looks great with so many different outfits and looks, and it can easily be elevated for an evening or night out. 

Hailey Bieber (from her Instagram @haileybieber)

To start, make sure you don’t have any knots in your hair. This look is easiest on second or third day hair after a wash. It’s a lifesaver for bad hair days! Part your hair straight down the middle with a fine tooth comb, and tightly pull your hair back with a claw clip or scrunchie. If you have very thick or curly hair, use a hair mousse as you’re gathering your hair up.  Now the most important part is finding the right product to slick back all your baby hairs and fly-aways with.

There’s a couple different options you can use and play around with to see which you prefer.

A hair balm or wax, such as the OUAI Matte Pomade is great at absorbing excess oil, and thanks to beeswax and Australian Kaolin clay, perfect for de-frizzing (£16 available at & Boots)

The Cocokind all-over Matcha Moisture Stick is what all the girls on TikTok are using at the moment. This product is an all-in-one but an unexpectedly great use for it is to smooth down your baby-hairs and give you a shiny (not oily) sleek elegant up-do (£9 available online at

An alternative to the Cocokind is good old trusted Cantu Flaxseed Smoothing Hair Wax with shea butter, beeswax, honey and coconut oil. It’ll make sure your hair stays in place all day and all night (available at Superdrug)

Now, go! Achieve the sleek bun of your dreams, and never worry about a bad hair day again.

By Alyssa Garvin