How To Tease Hair Without Damage

We know the feeling: you want big, fluffy hair, but yours is just too thin and fine! It might feel like your everlasting crutch – but we’re here to tell you otherwise.

Teasing (or backcombing, as it’s also called) can actually coax thin hair into extra body and height. See, sometimes it’s ok to be a tease! But before you work yourself into a tangle, follow these lifelines for a tease that’ll leave ‘em hanging!

What NOT to do:

Got texture? Teasing with natural texture can make hair insanely tangled – and not in a stylish way. Just straighten wavy or curly hair before teasing it. And for straight hair, brush out all the tangles first. Believe us, you’ll be glad you did.

Want to tease wet or hot hair? Hands off until it’s completely dry and cool! This can cause excessive damage since your hair is in a fragile state.

Don’t even think of using any old brush! Make sure it’s a fine toothed comb or specially designed for teasing. These target each area, so you’ll avoid a frazzled mess on your hands.

How to tease correctly:

1. Tackle your hair in 1 to 2 inch sections at a time. Looking for a tighter tease? Create smaller sections. If you want a looser look, create larger sections.

2. Hold the section of hair straight up from the root. Place your comb just above the root and comb down. Then go a little farther up and comb down again. Repeat in short, uniform strokes until the length of hair is seeing bodacious body!

3. To save your hard work, spray the section with hairspray. Then continue teasing and spraying, section by section, until you reach some serious heights.

4. Is your hair looking wild? Now it’s time to sculpt it into place and style it how you want. Lay smooth strands over top and finish with shine spray for a more polished look.

Last but definitely not least: Take it out

Be prepared to invest some time detangling the style. It’s best to carefully and gently detangle the teased sections with a soft brush, starting at the ends and working your way up. Take your time, or risk damaged locks! And a word to the wise: Do not jump into the shower and wash teased hair. Water makes the tangles even more difficult to remove.

Helpful hints

– Hair not cut out for teasing? Try it on slightly dirty hair rather than clean, smooth hair.

– Don’t forget to give your tresses a breather from teasing, and always reward them with conditioning treatments after.