Make Hair-Styling Cocktails Like “The Speedway” For a Custom Look

Boogies Cocktail Bar - The Speedway

If you’ve ever seen a western you can bet that (a) there’s going to be a scene in a saloon at some point during the movie, and (b) the protagonist is going to order whiskey. Back in the Dodge City days, it seems (at least, on screen) as if that’s all the poor guys had to drink.

Today, thankfully, we don’t have that problem. Saddle up to any bar, tell the bartender what you like and what you don’t, and, from just a few base spirits, drinks of any size, shape and umbrella color are available to you.

Hair-styling products can and should be treated in the same fashion: as a customizable experience. With just a few, core products you can mix and layer to create signature “cocktails” to match any hair type or style.

We asked stylist and DSC hair guru, Cleve McMillan, to help us figure out what these cocktails are and how you can make them at home.

First up: The Speedway.

The Speedway

With a firm hold and not too much shine, the Speedway is the perfect cocktail for a slicked-back hairstyle.

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Hair Type: The slick-back look is best suited for guys with straight-as-an-arrow, thinnish hair that’s longer on top and short to very short on the sides. Unfortunately, for those of you rocking a more thick, curly or frizzy-like-you-put-your-finger-in-an-electrical-socket hair type, you’re most likely out of luck. If you’re unsure what type of lettuce you’ve got, ask your barber—that’s why you pay them the big bucks.

Head Shape: A slick-back look can look good with most noggin shapes, but whether you can pull it off all depends on your features. For instance, some guys might have a round face but a chin that protrudes. Or, they might have a square face but a nose that Steve Martin would be proud of. Because a slick-back is a “look at me” hairstyle—naturally people will notice other features you may be less inclined to draw attention to.

Ingredients: Combine 2 parts Boogie’s Clay and 1 part Gel.

How to Make It:

  • Use only a pea-sized amount of each product—if you need more you can always add, but if you use too much you’ll end up with a greasy, gunky mess.
  • Work the mixture into your hands and palms first to make it nice and pliable, as well as to emulsify the two products together.
  • Start at the back of your head and move forward, working the mixture around your hair evenly until it’s fully coated. Then begin styling your hair back. If you like a messier look, use your hands—otherwise a brush or a comb ought to do the trick.
  • If your friends mistake you for Gordon Gecko—for his good looks, not his thoughts on economics—you’re doing it right.