In the 18th century people who wanted big hair had to resort to wearing wigs. Today we have a much better way to put volume in our hair. Teasing the hair originated in the 1950’s when the most popular hairdo was the beehive. This featured backcombing or teasing to the extreme. Today, teasing is used to create voluminous hairdos or to just add a little body to a hairstyle. There are many uses for the technique of teasing hair. Some beauticians say that 90% of all good hairstyles begin with teasing.
So, just what is teasing? Another word for teasing is backcombing. It is done by holding the piece of hair in one hand and separating the shorter strands by pushing the brush down toward the scalp. This creates a bouncy mound of hair at the hairline. Basically, this is all there is to it. You will then smooth some of the top hair over the mound. Let’s look at a style of teasing for long hair.
A long teased hairstyle has a Brigit Bardot look. It is a tousled, yet pulled together look. Your long hair will become volumized as you back brush it.
Wash and blow-dry your hair. The video advises you to wait a few days before styling it. But, if you are in a hurry and need it washed you can add a volumizing formula. If you do wait a few days, add dry shampoo and mousse.
As for supplies, use a teasing comb or brush. Also, have hairspray on hand. Other helpful items would be dry shampoo, mousse, curling irons, and sectioning clips.
Separate the hair, ear-to-ear, top from bottom. Leave the bottom part flowing down your back and the top part pinned up.
With a curling iron, very loosely curl the bottom strands of your hair. If you don’t have a curling iron you can set it very loosely on rollers. Avoid curlers that will make defined curls or ringlets. This will give the style a basic volume. And wave.
Next, separate the top part of your hair into halves, separating back from front. With your teasing brush begin to backcomb the hair towards the back of your head.
Tease all the way to the scalp. Work towards the back of the head, lightly pulling the hair back as you go. Flip the teased section back and smooth the top of it by brushing it down. Keep the bottom hair rough.
Finish by teasing the front in the same manner. Form it around the face stylishly. Smooth the top hair the way you want it to go. Hair spray it lightly to preserve the look. There you have it, a teased long hairstyle.
Teasing is also good for short hair. It can be used to give the hair volume. It is often used at the back crown of the head. Or, it can be used to keep your hair in a certain place. Stubborn pieces of hair will become malleable if they are teased.
Have fun trying new looks with your newfound talent!