Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tutorial// Teasing 101 for Quick and Easy Volume

Hey guys! Emily here again to show you the step-by-step basics of teasing your hair! A lot of people are too intimidated to tease their hair because they're either scared of messing it up, aren't sure how to brush it out, don't want to rip all their hair out, whatever. Today though I'm going to share some special tips and tricks I've learned to not only carefully give you that sexy volume quickly and easily, but to also take it out without wrecking your hair! 
Whatever term you choose to use for getting volume in your hair; teasing, backcombing, ratting, whatever, you're still going to use the same tools and you're going to want to do it the same way every time. Everyone does it a little differently of course, and there are different ways that work for everyone, but for me there is a right way and then lots of wrong ways to backcomb hair. If you do it the right way for you then it should stay for hours and brush out in seconds without a problem.
Firstly lets talk equipment:
  • I like to use a simple straight comb when I tease for volume because its easier on your hair if you tease often. When I'm teasing for hold or grip every so often than I prefer a boar bristle brush because it really knots it up good, but I do it sparingly because its harder on hair.With the comb you're basically just bunching it all upwards and than when you go to brush it all out again it comes out very quickly and easily.
  • Some people like to spray the hair before they tease. Don't do it! You want to spray afterwards to hold your teasing in place. When you spray before, you're matting the hair together and making it stiff, than your brush is ripping through your hair and pulling it apart and it will be much more damaging to your hair. 

Okay lets get started...
1. First I like to section off hair at the top of my head by using comb tip or a pen (don't worry it won't draw on your head:)) to draw from the crown all the way to the front in a half circle. Then I simply tie it in a little top bun to save for later. This hair will be the un-teased bit that will cover everything else. 
2. Now think of your hair in five sections, with two on either side and the fifth at the back. Start there so the front sections aren't in the way. Take a section of hair approximately two inches across and two deep. Starting no more then like 1/2 inch off your scalp, take your comb and comb down to your roots. Take the comb out of your hair and move up another 1/2 inch and repeat. Do not comb down and then back up, that will create knots which won't be fun to brush out. Continue up your section gradually increasing the distance between the your backcombing. No need to go all the way to your ends though. 
3. Continue your teasing by separating the hair on either side of your back section into two different parts and repeating step 1-2. Remember to spray each section with a little hairspray after you've teased, not before. Once you've finished with each side I like to gently comb the top a bit to hide the messy-ness underneath a bit more. Remember that the more hairspray you use the longer it may take to comb out again.
4. The last step is simple, and obvious:) Unto your little top knot of hair you've tied away, separate your part, and let it fall to either side of your hair. Use your fingers first to gently pull it around a bit, basically covering your teased hair. Now just take your comb and smooth the hair over again, fluffing a bit with your fingertips, and spritzing more for hold.
And you're done!! At this point is when I would curl your locks if that's what you want to do. Some people curl before, but your back combing will ruin your curls trust me. 
If your hair is freshly straightened or just vary sleek, dry shampoo is the way to go to help in backcombing super silky hair. You can spray a little onto each section before you tease, or you can just flip your head over and spritz it on your locks while playing your fingers throughout and it will tease a whole lot easier that way. And it will stay! 
Now when you're brushing it out, remember to NOT wet your hair before you begin brushing. That will cause it to get hugely matted and then you'll end up using an entire bottle of conditioner to try to get it out, because we don't brush our hair when its wet right? Right:) This only causes your hair to stretch and break! Instead you should brush it using a flat natural bristle brush starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots.
The key here is to not brush straight down each of your five sections, but to rather brush a little sideways instead. Because you've basically bunched your hair upwards and told it to stick together, now you're opening up the backcombing and allow it to come apart. (Someone once compared it to how you're not supposed to swim straight into a rip current, but rather sideways through it:) I always brushed straight down when I was young, and I was scared to tease my hair because the brushing out hurt so much!
Once you work your way up to your scalp then you'll be able to brush through the entire section from your roots to your ends without a problem! And, no painful hair-tugging either:) Pretty cool huh?
Take care today my lovelies and I'll be back tomorrow with the Shabby Apple Giveaway Winner!
xoxo, Emmy


31 comments:

  1. Love this tutorial, of course you are beautiful as always - thanks!

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  2. Awesome tutorial!! I reaaally want to leave work now and go tease my hair! :)

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial! I am totally one of those people who are "too afraid" to try, but I am pinning this to try later!!

    Would love for you to link up at my 'Pin It Thursday' party tomorrow! www.sweetbellaroos.com

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  4. Beautiful. I have medium hair so I'm blessed that it can do whatever I want it to. However I find that my volume quickly leaves. I'm gong to give this awesome volume trick a try tomorrow morning. :)

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  5. Can't even tell you how much I LOVE and needed this tutorial! Thanks so so much for sharing! I can't wait to try :)

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  6. First visit to your blog, love it. Your freckles are perfect, so jealous!

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  7. Love this! I hate when my hair is freshly washed and flat...ugggh lol. You're so naturally pretty, like the freckles :)
    Janine

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  8. Great tutorial. I will definitely give it a try on my short hair.

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  9. it looks so good, emily! you best believe i'm pinning this immediately ; )

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  10. Wow, great tutorial! I have very fine hair and I've never been able to get much volume, but I'm going to try this for sure!

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  11. Thanks for this great tutorial. I tease my hair a lot but I never section it and I love this look :)

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  12. Great guide.. love it! Happy Thursday xx

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  13. What an excellent tutorial (I learned so much about teasing!), and oh how I love your blog! Will be a faithful follower for sure. Beautiful photos and a wonderful variety of topics. So glad to have found you :-)

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  14. Great look!!!

    Kisses Elle

    http://redischic.blogspot.it/

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  15. I pretty much tease my hair every day. I am going to try it your way next time. You look beautiful as usual. Hope you are doing well with the baby!

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  16. Hi Emily!
    I love this gorgeous hairstyle and I love your hair! You are so lovely and beautiful! :)

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  17. Great tutorials, can't wait to try them! Thanks

    Agnes
    House of Illusions

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  18. Thank you thank you so much for your positive feedback ladies!! I know that this type of volume, and than again textured volume isn't rfor everyone, but I so appreciate hearing your comments (and compliments:), they really make my day!

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  19. I just have one question? Is your name really Emmy because that is my name to and I have never known someone with the same name as me!

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  20. One of my friends pinned this and I just wanted to let you know that I love love love your freckles. :).

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  21. Thanks for the tutorial! You're so pretty by the way :)

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  22. I tease my hair pretty much ever day, and it's always such a nightmare to brush out. I'd never heard of brushing it sideways, but it makes sense! I'm going to try tonight. :)

    I really love your tutorials by the way. You're insanely pretty and so great with explaining everything!

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  23. I really like this tutorial! I should try it sometime. :)

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  24. Nice tutorial, I appreciate it--my hair has virtually no volume if left alone.

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  25. Nice tutorial--my hair has virtually no volume if left alone.

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  26. Gorgeous!! I love the look of extra volume - very sexy! (and great hair color by the way)

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  27. fantastic!!!! I love it! XOXO
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  28. waow its very great idea :) i hv so thin hair, so this is very helpful, im gonna try it for sure

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