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How to Tease Your Hair

Teasing, backcombing, or ratting: however you say it, big hair is back in a big way. Learn how you can pump up the volume.


  • Step 1: Straighten hair Straighten your hair by blow-drying and flat ironing wavy or curly locks.
  • Step 2: Brush hair Brush your hair to remove all tangles. Don’t try to style hair that isn’t completely de-tangled.
  • TIP: Teasing hair with texture may tangle or damage it. Wait until hair is completely cool.
  • Step 3: Create volume at the crown Using the comb, divide the hair into two-inch sections at the crown and clip the rest back out of the way. If hair is too silky, spritz a little hairspray on the sections to be teased.
  • Step 4: Hold hair straight up and backcomb Hold the section straight up in the air with one hand. With the other, comb downward near the roots in short strokes. Repeat in a section just below this one for added oomph.
  • TIP: If you’re worried about damage, a flat-backed brush is easier on hair than a comb.
  • Step 5: Smooth and spray Smooth teased sections lightly with the brush and use hairspray to keep your style in place.
  • Step 6: Have fun styling Have fun shaping your new do in a variety of styles. You can curl it for a vixenish look or put it in a low ponytail for a casual chic vibe.
  • FACT: In the musical Grease, the character of Sandy sings, 'I won't rat my hair" to imply that she's a goody-two-shoes.

You Will Need

  • A blow dryer
  • A flat iron
  • A brush
  • A rattail or metal comb
  • Hair clips
  • Hairspray

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