Swept-back hair can tend to look a bit old-fashioned, mostly because it harkens back to the '50s, when women like Veronica Lake here would torture their strands into stiff, shellacked, semi-severe coiffs. So specific, right?
While we're not a fan of helmet hair, we do like how sweeping your hair back can not only keep your hair off your face, but also showcase whatever awesome makeup you happen to be rocking. To keep it fresh and out of granny-hair territory, ditch the part and the perfect curls and go for a more futuristic wet look.
Comb mousse through damp hair from your crown to behind your ears, then blow-dry the rest of your head. Distribute a smoothing crème from roots to ends, and finish with a strong-hold hairspray for that sleek, no-budge look. Add a dime-sized drop of shine serum and a teensy bit of gel to smooth down flyaways — wayward wisps can quickly make your hair go from glam to greasy.
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