Slick Back & Relax: Glossy Hairstyles We Love From the Vogue Philippines Anniversary Gala

Clean, sleek, and glossy looks have made their way back to 2023’s hottest hair trends. Best known for its pulled-back and shiny appearance, we’ve seen many celebrities don this look from the Vogue PH Anniversary Gala. Read on as we reminisce about some of the best glossy looks from the event and learn which products to use if you want to rock a slicked-back style yourself!

Clean Bun Updo


Image Source: Vogue PH, Photo by Kieran Punay

We have one of the classic ways to style slicked-back and glossy hair: to put it up in a clean, tight bun. While there are many variations of this clean bun updo, there are also techniques that give this look the illusion of wearing a pulled-back pixie cut despite having longer locks - just like how Raymond Santiago styled Anne Curtis-Smith’s spiky mini bun in the gala!

Glossy Hair Down


Image Source: Vogue PH, photo by Brian Meller

For those that struggle with keeping their hair up with shorter hair, there’s no need to worry about missing out on the sleek hair fun! You can still add that glossy shine and keep those locks pulled back while wearing your hair down, just like how G Mande effortlessly styled Pam Quiñone’s gala hairstyle. By focusing on applying the right amount of glossy hair styling products from the roots to the ends, this specific look shows how less is more with the overall slicked-back style.

Curly Updo With Shine


Image Source: Vogue PH, Photo by Sandro Paredes

Curls can look sleek too! If you have naturally curly hair and want to embrace that natural texture, Lyn Alumno’s simple yet stunning hair-do was able to make both ends meet. Here, her hair was pulled back into a high ponytail while her natural curls shined throughout the night.

Half-Up, Half-Down Sleek Look


Image Source: Vogue PH, Photo by Sandro Paredes

If you want to spice up the slicked-back glossy hair looks, you can also consider styling your hair in a half-up, half-down fashion! Take some inspiration from how Justine Ocampo decorated Bella Racelis’ mane, where sections of her hair were twisted into a floral-like style at the top of her head. Not only does this add extra depth and volume to your hair, but it’s also a convenient and comfortable styling option especially if your hair can get easily damaged from a full updo.

Classic Bun With Fringe


 Image Source: @iamsuperbianca (Instagram), Photo by Carell Garcia

It’s possible to pull off a slicked-back glossy look even with bangs. Mong Amado was able to achieve this with Bianca Gonzalez-Intal’s neatly twisted bun. While similar to the classic clean bun updo, this particular look was created in a way that allowed Bianca’s fringe to frame her face - adding another layer of volume and glam to this hair trend.

Slicked-Back Glossy Hair Kit

Want to rock a sleek hairstyle yourself? HairMNL has professional hair care that can give you the glossy, shiny hair of your dreams. Check out these products that can help you pull off your own slicked-back look!

HairMNL TYMO Ring Plus Ionic Straightening Comb HC-103

TYMO Ring Plus Ionic Straightening Comb HC-103

₱ 4,000
If you want to straighten your hair first and make sure that frizz doesn’t get in the way of your sleek hairstyles, then you can opt for a styling tool that will get the job done. With just the right amount of heat, TYMO Ring Plus Ionic Straightening Comb can seal in your dream glossy look to make it last the whole event. Don’t forget to take extra care of your hair and apply a heat protectant before styling!

HairMNL Davines OI Liquid Luster 300ml

HairMNL Davines This is an Oil Non Oil 250ml

Image Source: Salon Direct

HairMNL Davines Liquid Spell Reinforcing Bodifying Fluid 125ml


Davines OI Time to Shine Set

₱ 3,300

Comprising the Davines OI Liquid Luster 300ml, Davines This is an Oil Non Oil 250ml, and Liquid Spell Reinforcing Bodifying Fluid 125ml, all three products work harmoniously to give your locks a soft and healthy shine from the roots to the tips. The Time to Shine Set tames hair frizz, improves hair strength, and adds natural moisture and shine to your locks without weighing your hair down or leaving it greasy.

HairMNL Kérastase Oléo Relax Oil

Kérastase Oléo Relax Hair Oil

₱ 2,400

Alternatively, you can also achieve healthy, glossy hair results with Kérastase Oléo Relax Hair Oil. Its lightweight formula deeply moisturizes your hair, keeping it controlled from frizziness and adding that smooth, long-lasting shine.

HairMNL Davines This is a Shine Wax: For a Polished Finish

Image Source: Sanctuary Salon & Spa

Davines This is a Shine Wax: For a Polished Finish

₱ 1,350

Perfect for adding final touches to your slicked-back hairstyles, Davines’ This is a Shine Wax adds extra polish, sleekness, and structure to your mane - all while leaving it free from stickiness or weighted hair.

HairMNL Schwarzkopf Silhouette Super Hold Hairspray

Image Source: Shine Hair Zone

Schwarzkopf Silhouette Super Hold Hairspray

₱ 1,175

If you prefer keeping your locks in shape with hairspray, the Schwarzkopf Silhouette Super Hold Hairspray can conveniently support your slicked-back hair-dos and maintain that beautiful shine. On top of its sturdy hold, it also does not leave your hair tacky - making it easier to brush through when needed.


Let a Hair Pro Style Your Hair

Don’t want to do it yourself but want to let a hairstylist give you a glossy look instead? Set a hair and make-up appointment at HairMNL Studio Serendra or HairMNL Studio Kapitolyo! We offer professional salon services to give you your best hair.

You can send us a message on Facebook or Instagram to schedule your next hair appointment or contact us at any of our salons: 0917 117 9935 or 0939 926 8325 (HairMNL Studio Serendra) and 0917 790 4455 or 0908 897 7364 (HairMNL Studio Kapitolyo).

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