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An Easy Way to Pull Off Slicked Back Hair

By Klaudia Tirico / August 18, 2014

I’ve dabbled in the slicked back look before, but as the night goes on, my hair ends up falling forward, making it hard to pull off without re-wetting it or overdosing on gel and hairspray. If you’ve struggled with the same issue, Kate Mara has the chicest solution. This weekend, Mara attended the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards with her bob perfectly slicked back, but without too much product. So how did she go all night without a single hair falling out of place? It’s all in the hair accessory. 

I’ve been seeing these extra long barrettes and backwards headbands a lot lately, and Mara has proven them to be as useful as they are stylish. The one she wore to the awards show not only helped her style stay put, but it also added a dose of cool-girl edge to her feminine ensemble. Here are some shoppable options so you can recreate the look at home.