Thin hair and not enough volume? With this combination, one can already despair. But don't worry: Backcombing hair can help to create more fullness! However, if you approach this form of styling incorrectly, you can end up damaging your hair more than you are doing it any good. Here you can find out how to backcomb your hair correctly and which mistakes you should avoid.
If you backcomb your hair too often, you destroy the hair structure. As far as the assumption. It is true that the cuticle of the hair can break open and then become detached if it is subjected to too much stress. Should we, therefore, leave the teasing alone? Not necessarily. As so often, the same applies here: It depends on the way. Because if you tease your hair properly, you won't damage it either.
Backcombing hair: What you need and how to do it right
You need the following utensils for backcombing:
A regular hairbrush
A backcombing brush
A tail comb
A pair of bobby pins
Hairspray (a medium hold is enough to keep your hair from getting too sticky!)
And this is how you proceed step by step:
Step 1: Comb your hair well and then use the comb to separate the upper section of hair, which you can put away for now.
Step 2: Now you take a wide strand from the back of your head, which should not be too thick. Hold it up with one hand and use the backcombing brush in the other hand to stroke the strand from top to bottom, i.e. against the direction of growth. Start at the roots and work your way up to about the first third of your hair.
Step 3: You can then backcomb the fringe area of the separated strand, but this is not a must. If you just want a slightly teased braid, the back section will do. The same goes for the strands of hair on the side of the head. Depending on how much volume you want on your head, you can backcomb it or not.
Step 4: After backcombing, you have to spray each strand of hair individually with hairspray so that the volume and strength are retained for a long time.
Step 5: As you pull back the strands, you should comb the top hair very gently so that the hair doesn't look tousled. The backcombed layer of hair lies under the smoothly combed top hair. Finally, fix everything again with hairspray, and your teased mane is done!
This way you can add volume to both short and long hair. Hairstyles such as braids and updos get the finishing touch thanks to the extra volume. Loose hair can also look wilder and more voluminous with a backcombed approach.
How bad is backcombing for your hair?
If you avoid the following mistakes, you can easily backcomb your hair without damaging it.
The wrong teasing comb or the wrong teasing brush: Make sure that your comb has no so-called seams on its tines. Rather invest two euros more and buy a comb that is made in one piece and has no edges that could damage your hair. It's even better for the hair if you use a backcombing brush with soft bristles.
Do not comb your hair: Before you can start backcombing, you should comb your hair thoroughly. If you forget that, burrs or nodules threaten.
Backcombing Too Much Hair: You absolutely must not backcomb your hair along its entire length. Instead, take a section just a few centimeters wide right at the hairline and style it. It is best to start with the lower layer of hair and end with the top layer of hair. You should also use the tail end of the comb to separate individual strands of hair. This is how you work your way strand by strand. To hold the hair together that you are not backcombing, it is best to put it together with hair clips.
Backcomb in all directions: Don't work wildly in every direction with the backcomb, but only with straight comb strokes in one.
Using the wrong hairspray to fix it: You have to make sure you use the right hairspray to prevent your hair from becoming matted and not getting damaged when you brush it out. It shouldn't be too sticky. The best way to find out if hairspray sticks are to try them on the back of your hand. If it feels sticky, it is also not suitable for your hair.
Enough of the volume hairstyle? This is how you untangle backcombed hair
To get rid of teased hair, you can simply comb it out. Incidentally, you should only do this to close the roughened cuticle layer of your hair again. Otherwise, it can quickly happen that your hair breaks off over time.
Start with the brush at the ends and slowly work your way into the teased area at the roots. Be gentle as the roughened cuticle combined with the hairspray makes the hair dry and sensitive. Even if the hair is a bit stubborn to comb, you should proceed with patience. Don't forget that styling products such as hairspray put a lot of strain on the mane, which is why it is best to clean your hair afterward with a mild shampoo and a rich, moisturizing conditioner.
How many times can you backcomb your hair before it becomes harmful?
Here it depends very much on your hair structure. If you have naturally strong, healthy hair, you can backcomb it without any problems, for example at the weekend to go out, for a date or on similar occasions.
On the other hand, if you have stressed, damaged hair, for example from too much dyeing, then you should be careful with backcombing and really only do it rarely. Otherwise, your hair structure may become really brittle due to the constant roughening. A regular styling break is good for your mane.
As you can see, backcombing your hair is a great way to add fullness to your hair, at least visually. However, it also has definite downsides when it comes to the health of your hair. But as long as you don't do it every day, your hair should be able to take the backcombing just fine.