Backcombing: for that teased option
Backcombing, which has been used since the beginning of big
hairstyle is designed to create a base for big
hair, or full styled updos. It
is also used to great big dreadlocks.
Backcombing can be defined as combing the strands a direction that is opposite
to the hair's natural growth pattern. Back
combing also called teasing simply means creating a tangled base of hair on
which to support a
style. It's great if what you are after is either height or
volume to build up those big hair looks.
On the up side, backcombing creates instant fullness and
height to thin strands. It is also will create a fabulous base (as shown to the
side) for a more elaborate updo.
How to do it:
Take small sections of your hair at a time,
hold the ends or tips straight out from the head with one hand.
With a fine toothed comb in the other hand
run it down the hair towards the scalp in short sharp strokes, this will
tangle or matt some most or all of the section depending on how many strokes
and what you want.
Note: Use smaller strands for tighter results or
larger strands for looser results.
Points to keep in mind
Curly and wavy hair can be backcombed but it is more prone to
make sure your hair has cooled after using irons to prevent breaking.
Before beginning to backcomb make sure your hair is completely tangle free
using a bristle brush. This may seem puzzling, since you are about to
introduce artful tangles, but starting with tangle-free hair will avoid the
chance of natty dreds.
Thirdly, clip back any areas you aren't back brushing. Choose areas you
want to back brush. This could be the shorter layers of your hair - or all
your hair for a more dramatic look.
The smaller the sections you do at a time the
longer the shape will last because it makes the whole thing more condensed.
Use short strokes rather than long fluid strokes. Practice until you
achieve the correct results. The key to backcombing is uniformity. Strive
to make all the sections the same size and tightness.
Remember to use good styling sprays or similar
support the backcombed sections. While less may be more, when it comes to
teased hairstyles, too little may not be enough.
Avoid wetting down the newly teased hairdo. Water can
intensify any tangles and make them virtually impossible to remove.
Always take as much time as necessary to remove the
shampoo or stick your head in the shower until after you have carefully
removed the style. Water will cause the hair to tangle further making removal of
the hair nest more difficult, if not impossible.
Use a 100% boar's head cushion or paddle brush. Separate the
hair into small sections. Work slowly and carefully from the ends of the hair
up towards the scalp. Avoid tugging or impatience.
Take as much time as
necessary and work methodically from side to side.
After a major backcombing session remember to step up your
normal conditioning and deep conditioning treatments.
Whenever possible, give your hair a rest from continual