Get The Perfect Slicked Side Part With Tips From Rahni Flowers

The side part, when done right can not only properly frame a face it can take your look from day to night. For those blessed with non-course  hair usually it’s a brush and go process but for someone with coarse hair it might require a little more. Now that the temperature’s rising, we need hair that can last from meetings to after works cocktails or receptions.


Who better to ask than  hairstylist Rahni Flowers to share with us tips on how to get the perfect side part. The mane man behind first lady Michelle Obama’s memorable hair during the campaigns and first term in office, who’s also worked on countless many manes celebs and well heeled Chicagoans alike.

Rahni’s tips for the perfect slicked back hair.



Whether beginning with wet or dry hair, use a rat tail comb, or the end of a small comb. With a steady hand place your part where you would like it, use THIS guide to help find your face framing part. Where you place the part- low or high, short or deep, angled or straight-will give you a specific look.

keracare leave in conditioner

A  low and deep part gives you a 30’s or 40’s look. Apply KeraCare Leave in Conditioner on wet or dry hair to provide moisture. Use a paddle brush or Denman style brush to distribute the product evenly.
denman large paddle brush

Avoid the use of boar bristle brushes, or any brush with tightly space teeth on ethnic hair.

With a small tooth comb, fine tune the stray hairs into place and flatten hair to the scalp. Apply a small amount of KeraCare Edge Tamer or Aveda’s Control Paste, and press hair flat to the scalp in order to to smooth the hairline; the KeraCare product will have a shiny finish whereas the Aveda is a more matte finish.

Short hair may require something with a stronger hold such as Sebastian’s Gel Forte, or Aveda’s Brilliant Retexturizing Gel to give hair a firmer hold and a slick appearance.
Aveda's Brilliant Retexturizing Gel

For a finishing spray, a light application of Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine or Elucence’s Seriou Shining Spray will give added shine.

Now go out there and shine!

Bolaji Sosan
Bolaji Sosan

pronounced: Boh-la-jee, like the Bellagio but w/o the O. SLC Founder and Editor, loves to write about topics at the intersection of career and lifestyle for today's young professional and future leaders.

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