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How to Tease Hair | Step-by-Step Guide & Things to Consider

Want to learn how to tease hair? You’re in the right place. But there are some things to consider to ensure you end up doing it properly. Read on to learn the steps to take, things to consider, and the best products to use.

How to Tease Hair: A Summary

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Gather the right tools and materials, and then wash and dry your hair. Next, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare your hair
  2. Tease your hair
  3. Style your teased hair

Read on to learn how to tease and add volume to your hair, just like a pro.

How to Tease Hair in 3 Easy Steps

Teasing hair is relatively easy, especially if you follow all the steps correctly. Let these tips guide you to getting the perfect teased style out of your hair.

Step 1: Hair Preparation

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Prepping your hair for teasing requires you to use products that will get it completely saturated. First, get your hair wet under a bath or sink to soak it thoroughly. Next, apply the shampoo of your choice to the scalp until you get the desired amount of lather.

You may want to use a dry shampoo here instead of the regular one. If you choose to use dry shampoo, apply it to the roots. It helps with freshness and adds volume to your hair. Volumizing shampoo gives your hair some extra volume, so it’s a great choice too.

Then, proceed to rinse the shampoo thoroughly. After shampooing your hair, you can skip the conditioner because it softens hair. However, smooth hair may fail to hold the teased texture.

If your hair is dry and cannot do without conditioner, apply it only to the ends. Doing so will eliminate the dryness and keep the hair teased. The hard part of the preparation should be to dry your hair to prevent damage.

Ensure that you dry it comely since teasing it while wet could damage it. Blow-drying your hair only adds volume to hair. Try focusing on the root area when drying it in this instance. Also, a volumizing product, such as mousse, can help add volume.

Apply it before drying your hair to get the desired effect. The last part of preparing your hair is brushing out the tangles. Again, factors that leak hair texture and thickness should guide you on the kind of comb to use.

You can choose between a paddle brush and a wide-toothed comb to detangle. Work your way from the ends towards the root so that you don’t pull any hair out. Removing tangles makes teasing easier.

Step 2: Actual Teasing

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After preparing your hair, you are ready to start teasing it. Start by holding a half-inch section of hair at the crown. You can do this with the tail end of a rat tail comb. Make sure that you hold the section taut away from your head.

Afterward, you can proceed to create a bold tease or a simple 80’s hairstyle. Section all the way around your head until you get the result you desire. When teasing the sectioned hair, comb it towards the scalp three times.

You can use a rat tail comb or a boar bristle brush to do this. Do it gently so that you don’t damage your hair. Once you’ve teased the first section, clip it at the root after pulling it forward to the front of your head.

The goal is to keep the teased hair out of the way while you tease the other sections. Continue by creating sections under the first one and tease them. Then, follow the same steps used in the first section on the rest of the hair.

After teasing all the sections, unclip your hair, and lay it on your head naturally. Next, comb the surface of the areas to achieve smoothness, taking care not to undo the frizz.

If you have hair spray, you can spray it over the teased areas to help hold the hair together for long. That said, be sure to get a spray designed explicitly for teased hair.

Step 3: Styling Teased Hair

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Teasing doesn’t have to stop at spraying your hair. If you’re not looking for a small laid hair look, there are other things you can do. For instance, you can slip a hair pick into your hair and pin it back.

You can do this to all the areas of your head with teased hair until your hair looks taller. Another thing you can do is wear it in a ponytail. It works best if you have teased sections of hair at the front center of your head. After teasing, smooth the surface of that section, spray it, and put it in a ponytail.

You can hide the hair tie by wrapping a few pieces of hair around it. Just hold the ponytail up and comb from mid-shaft toward the tie. You can also try securing the voluminous half up and the other half down.

To get this style right, start styling at the crown. And part your hair horizontally to pass at the front of your ears. Next, you need bobby pins to secure the teased hair at the back of your head. Gather the hair left on the sides, and secure it at the back center of the head with a clip.

Getting Rid of Teased Hair

Once done, the next step is to get your hair back to normal. Start by brushing through your hair patiently and carefully. Teasing hair makes knots and matte, both of which you can take care of with a soft bristle brush.

Section your hair into small units and brush it from tips to roots until you detangle it completely. You can use conditioner to soften up your hair when brushing hair. The trick, however, is to apply it before shampooing.

Keep in mind that teasing your hair doesn’t have to be exclusively for fun. For example, if you have damaged hair, teasing could help add some volume to your hair. And the best thing is that you can still style it to fit your personality.

Things to Consider Doing to Get the Best Teased Style

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If you want to make your teased hair match the style that well represents you, consider the following tips:

  • Concentrate on the crown and roots: If you pay all your attention to the crown and roost, ensure that you get just the right amount of volume in your teased hair. It works for all hair textures, so it’s easy to follow.
  • Use a boar bristle brush or a rattail comb: A boar bristle brush performs better than a comb. Stylists recommend it because the meetings are gentle in hair. Rattail combs are also relatively safe and easy to use, especially when used properly.
  • Prep your hair by adding textures: Prepping your hair is an integral part of teasing. Unwashed hair has the best texture for teasing. However, most people prefer to work on clean hair so far as washing it. It’s essential to get your hair into a condition that makes it easy to work with. Don’t use the conditioner when teasing your hair, and avoid using serums and oils that could make your hair slick. 
  • Start from the bottom up: Teasing hair from the bottom up ensures the top section is flat on top of your nest of hair—section hair into top and bottom layers. The top layer, which contains thin hair, won’t be teased. Let it lay flat against the nest section of hair. Finally, hold and section the top layer and clip it.
  • Go section by section: You can choose to tease the back portion of your hair or the sides. First, grab about half an inch wide of hair for teasing. Then, proceed to backcomb hair from about 4 inches from the crown. Comb every section of your hair about three to four times. Then, lay it down before moving to another area. Finish with some hair spray.
  • Look for products that enhance the effect. Although you can’t use conditioner on hair meant for teasing, you can still use shampoo. Look into getting a volumizing shampoo. Such shampoo properties will add to the volume of your hair, like the name suggests, while protecting it. Besides shampoo, there’s also spray that helps your hair hold in position. The spray is essential if you want your hair to maintain its newly gained volume as well.
  • Make a clean finish: After teasing the roots, finish by smoothing the top section over the teased bottom. Comb the top layer gently and spray it. You can get creative with the rest of your hair, like curling it with rollers or putting it in a ponytail. Your new teased hair gives you the freedom to be playful with hairstyles.

So, How Do You Tease Hair Like A Pro?

Learning how to tease is easy, especially when you understand the kind of hair you have. It involves straightforward steps that anyone can follow. If you don’t get it right the first time, it’s better to keep trying until you know how to do it.

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