How to Tease Hair Without Damage

Looking for teased hairstyling tricks to achieve gorgeous volume and texture? Learn how to backcomb straight hair to add extra body and lift!

We totally know the feeling: you have straight or fine hair but crave volume and texture. Problem is, all the tugging involved with extreme teasing can be rough on those delicate strands. Have no fear—we're here to show you how to get magically voluminous hair. Introducing the “backcombed” hair method: a root-boosting style trick that gives you va-va volume.

01 Get it straight

Start with dry, brushed hair. If you have curly hair, be sure to first blow it dry or straighten it, then let hair cool off before backcombing.

02 Work with slices

You'll work with 1 to 2 inch slices using the tail end of a fine-toothed comb. For extra volume, use smaller slices, and for a looser look, create larger slices.

03 Gently tease

Aggressively teasing hair is what leads to damage, so it is important to be gentle! Starting from the back of your hair, hold a section of hair straight up and place your comb above the root, moving it up and down repeatedly in short uniform strokes until you begin to notice voluminous body.

04 Spray to hold

To hold the volume you created, spray the slice with a lightweight hairspray at the root. Continue teasing and spraying, slice by slice.

05 Style

Finally, using your hands, sculpt and temper your hair by laying smoother strands over top, finishing with a shine serum.

06 Ready to go back to normal?

Using a soft bristled brush, lightly brush small sections, starting at the ends and working your way up. Remember to be gentle, and if you're feeling extra caring, treat your hair to a leave-in conditioner.

So there you have it: voluminous, beautiful hair, full of body and lift! Best part? No strands were harmed during the making of this look.

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