From updos and buns to long hairstyles—virtually every hairstyle trend and idea we’ve come across involves adding volume to your hair. Backcombing, also known as teasing, is one of the easiest, most common ways to do this. Wondering what exactly backcombing is and how you can you work it into your next hairstyle? Keep reading to find out!
WHAT IS BACKCOMBING?
Backcombing is essentially just what you'd imagine—combing your hair backwards. The back and forth motion of combing your hair builds volume and creates clusters, or teases, your hair for an overall thicker look. You can backcomb your roots, ends, or virtually anywhere you want a little extra fullness and lift.
HOW TO BACKBOMB AND TEASE YOUR HAIR
Ready to amp up the volume for your next hairstyle? Whether you’re rocking a messy bun or something a little more intricate, backcombing is a hairstyling skill you’ll want to have in your repertoire.
What you’ll need:
A fine-tooth comb
Get the look:
Step #1: Section your hair
To backcomb your roots, start by taking a section of hair from the front of your head that’s about one-inch thick. Put that section aside, pulling it in front of your face, then pick up a section behind it that’s the same size.
Step #2: Use hairspray
Use a brushable hold hairspray to ensure you won’t damage your locks when backcombing. Pull the section of hair up towards the ceiling and spray your roots with the hairspray.
Step #3: Backcomb your hair
Take a fine-tooth comb, placing it about two to three inches from the root. Gently brush up and down to create teased, clustered hair.
Step #4: Section and repeat
Once that section of hair is teased, pull the section forward and allow it to hang in front of your face, gently moving it aside. Take another section of hair from behind the one you just backcombed and repeat steps two through three. Continue to do this until you think your hair is voluminous enough.
Step #5: Smooth out your hair
Gently pull all of your hair back into place. Lightly use the fine-tooth comb to smooth out the top of your hair, covering any backcombed sections. While doing this, be careful not to comb through your teased hair, as you might start to undo your hard work.
Step #6: Grab your hairspray
Complete your look with a coat of hairspray to keep your strands exactly where you want them.
Editor’s tip: If you want to add volume to the body and ends of your hair—not just the roots—lightly comb back and forth in sections throughout your hair, wherever you feel you need an extra boost. For this, you don’t have to be as precise with your sectioning but you’ll still want to finish with some hairspray!
HOW TO GET RID OF BACKCOMBED HAIR
So, you’ve rocked your voluminous hair all night (or day) long and you’re totally tempted to brush out your teased hair and hop into bed. As tempted as you may be—don’t do it! Brushing out backcombed hair can cause hair breakage, split ends, and damage. Instead, wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner—and don’t forget to rinse with lukewarm water. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. Then, follow with a conditioning hair treatment, like the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Renourishing Butter, to help detangle your locks and leave you with smooth, nourished hair. You’ll thank yourself in the morning (and save yourself the trouble of fighting to get a hair brush through your teased hair). For extra detangling, take a trip down memory lane with the L’Oréal Kids Burst of Sweet Pear Tangle Tamer for All Hair Types.
Obsessed with voluminous hair? So are we! Head over to our article, How to Get Voluminous-Looking Hair, for more voluminous hair-styling tips.