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How to Rat Your Hair

Take your hair to new heights by ratting it, which is simply another way of saying backcombing.


  • Step 1: Blow dry Blow-dry your hair completely straight and follow with a flat iron. Ratting wavy or curly hair may tangle or damage it.
  • Step 2: Detangle Brush your hair thoroughly with a boar bristle brush to remove tangles. Make sure your hair is cool before styling.
  • Step 3: Start at the crown Section your hair into 2-inch sections at the crown and clip the rest back out of the way. Spray hairspray on the sections to be teased.
  • Step 4: Backcomb Hold the section straight up in the air with one hand. With the other hand, use a rattail or metal comb to comb hair near the roots downward toward the scalp in short strokes along the backside of hair. Repeat for all sections.
  • TIP: Prevent damage to overworked hair by using a gentle, flat-backed, natural bristle brush instead of a comb.
  • Step 5: Smooth and spray Smooth the teased sections with the brush and set with a generous amount of hairspray.
  • Step 6: Style Play with different styles. Curl the ends and wear a headband for a 60s, retro look or pull it back into a more modern and glamorous low ponytail with a coated elastic band.
  • FACT: High hair was all the rage in the sixties. The 1760s, that is. Marie Antoinette took it to new heights, wearing elaborate hairstyles that lifted her hair 3 feet.

You Will Need

  • A blow dryer
  • A flat iron
  • A boar bristle brush
  • Hair clips
  • Hair spray
  • A rattail or metal comb
  • A headband
  • A coated elastic band

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