December 9, 2020

How to Tease Hair Without Damage

How to Tease Hair Without Damage

We all want voluminous hair and the best way to achieve that is with backcombing or teasing. But are we doing it properly? When done incorrectly, it can be very hard and damaging to your hair. Here’s are 3 tips on how to tease your hair without any damage.

How to Tease Your Hair Properly – Tips from Our Experts

In the following section, we’ll list the top tips provided by industry experts on how to achieve beautifully voluminous hair by properly teasing it:

  • Tip One: There are a number of styling tools out there but make sure you are using one that is specifically designed for backcombing & teasing the hair. Using the wrong brush or comb can end up breaking the hair.
  • Tip Two: Never, ever, ever do an “up-down, up-down, up-down” motion! This is so damaging to your hair. Extend a small section of hair outwards and stroke 2-3 times downwards towards the scalp.
  • Tip Three: Always take the time to properly detangle your hair before jumping in the shower. Start by gently separating any tangles with your fingers then brush your hair once you have detangled as much as possible.

The Damage-Free Teasing Video Tutorial

WELLA Artist, Nato VanDine demonstrates how to properly tease the hair as he completes his model’s Avant-Garde style.

“Always remember to use a combination of proper teasing, good products and correct styling tools. This will help to build the volume while keeping the hair strong!”


Thinking of Teasing? Consider Your Hair Type First

Some hair types don’t respond well to teasing. Very fine, short, or severely damaged hair won’t benefit much, and in fact, it can be more prone to breakage.

However, if you’re determined to tease your fine hair, consider using volumizing mousses, powders, or root clipping techniques for added lift. For damaged hair, focus on deep conditioning treatments and strengthening products before attempting to tease.

Time-Saving Tips for Big Hair

Teasing can be time-consuming, but there are ways to speed things up:

  • Start with clean, detangled and dry hair,
  • Use the right tools, such as a tail comb and a soft-bristled brush,
  • Focus on teasing small sections at the roots,
  • Consider backcombing in sections for efficiency,
  • Try blow-drying upside down, as flipping your head upside down while blow-drying adds volume without teasing,
  • Use volumizing products such as mousses, powders, or root lifters for quicker volume.

With practice, you can achieve beautiful volume without sacrificing too much time.


What tools do I need for teasing besides a comb?

For the best teasing results, a tail comb, soft-bristled brush, and bobby pins are helpful tools, with sectioning clips being optional.

How much hair should I tease in each section?

The amount of hair you tease depends on hair type and desired volume. Tease very small sections if you have fine hair, small to medium for medium hair, and slightly larger sections for thick hair. Start small at the roots, then tease larger sections for more volume.

How do I remove the tease from my hair?

Gently remove a tease by flipping your head over and brushing with a wide-tooth comb or soft brush, starting from the ends and working upwards. Avoid pulling and use a detangling spray if needed.

Are there specific teasing techniques for different hair types?

For straight hair, focus on standard teasing techniques. For thick hair, tease smaller sections compared to straight hair. Fine hair requires a very fine-tooth comb and extremely small teased sections at the roots. Consider using a texturizing spray beforehand. For curly hair, a subtle lift can be achieved by teasing very small sections at the crown with a wide-tooth comb.

How can I prevent my teased hair from looking frizzy?

To prevent frizz in your teased hair, use a frizz-control product, tease gently using a tail comb, and smooth the top layer after teasing. Finally, a hairspray with frizz control will tame flyaways.

Level Up Your Hair Game

Want to take your hairstyling skills to the next level and learn even more advanced teasing techniques? La’ James International, a licensed beauty school, offers cosmetology courses to help you delve deep into the world of hair care. Contact us today.

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