Big Hair To Fill With Big Secrets: An Easy Teasing Tutorial

I'm sharing all my best teasing, ratting and backcombing tips in AN AWESOME VIDEO.

Last week I shared my comprehensive guide to hair shininess, and--though I hate to play favourites--I think this was my favourite article yet, mostly because of YOU GUYS. You helped each other out in the comments, and you gave me some awesome ideas and product recommendations.

Let me tell you, I grew up feeling like I was the only person IN THE WORLD who had hair like mine, and hearing from so many people who felt the same way, fought the same battles and have the same issues that I do is totally awesome.

But that was only part one of my Amazing Hair series. I also promised to show you all my secrets for styling hair--and that starts now, WITH VIDEOS!

So let's talk about teasing.

Teasing your hair is really easy, and it’s the base upon which many awesome hairstyles--like the giant bun I wrote about a while ago--are built upon.

But it’s one of those things that intimidates or freaks a lot of people out, because deliberately knotting up your hair sounds like a terrible idea. It seems like it would be super-damaging and time-consuming and just generally bad times.

It isn’t. It’s THE BEST times.

In this video, I’m gonna show you a really quick and easy way to get giant teased hair with no hassle, and how to comb it out again with no damage.

A few other bonus tips:

  • If you have very fine, slippery, shiny hair, spray your hair with hairspray before AND after you tease. It’ll help it hold and stay better.
  • That said, this works on every hair type. I've done it on friends with baby-fine blonde hair, and on friends with crazy natural curls. I'd say be very careful if your hair is prone to breaking, though, like if it's been hardcore bleached or recently permed. Don't stress your hair out more than you have to.
  • Teasing seems to work best on second-day hair. Or third day hair, even. Basically any hair that hasn't JUST been washed.
  • Curling your hair, then teasing it, looks AMAZING. A one-inch curling iron all over, followed by some light ratting? Perfection.
  • The tighter you rat your hair, the harder it will be to get out. Just a reminder.
  • I kind of wish I’d curled my hair before I put it into the ponytail, because I think that style looks better slightly wavy. The leave-in conditioner plus a firm brushing kind of made my wave fall out.

Here are the products that I used in this video. I’ve written about all of them before, especially the hairspray, because IT IS THE BEST.

The brush and the comb are nothing revolutionary, you can get them anywhere. Leave-in conditioner: Infusium 23 Moisture Replenisher Leave-In Treatment, Tigi Bed Head Hard Head hairspray. The necklace was from White House Black Market like six years ago.

And that’s it! I hope I covered everything, but if I didn’t, ask me questions in the comments or tell me your best stories about getting brushes stuck in your hair on Twitter.