If you’ve lived through the 80's chances are you know what backcombing is; chances are it’s that knowledge and the associated nightmare of a school picture that’s probably deterring you from practicing this lost art, again.
Case and point: what anyone that grew up in the eighties looked like at some point during junior high.
Today, we’re encouraging you to change the way you think about backcombing and reintegrate this hair helper back into your regime.
Grab your brush. . .
Admittedly, we acknowledge that backcombing has the potential to create that “recently struck by lightning, look;” however, if done correctly, it has the capacity to lengthen the duration of your style, firmly secure an up-do and add all sorts of body to your hair. Last but not least, backcombing gives your hair a bit of a texture, essentially creating that “afternoon delight” type-look . . . you devil.
1. Death Valley Dry Shampoo by R&Co – amazing for supplementing and sustaining the volume created by backcombing this product is available exclusively at M salon in Calgary.
2. Back combing brush by ALTESSE– a brush with nylon bristles that are perfectly spaced to create the best backcomb
Before you take to your canvas. . .
Backcombing is notoriously the last step of any style. Go about your regular hair routine, which by now should include styling products and add this for a bit more pep.
Sectioning your hair. . .
Create three imaginary sections consisting of the left, back and right sides of your head. Each of these sections will be divided into one inch portions of hair running horizontally on your scalp; for hair that will be worn down, backcombing generally stops at the top of the ears, while up-dos will continue through to the nape of the neck. Unless you part your hair in the center, one of the sides will have naturally more hair on it. We recommend starting on that side.
1. Starting at the top, take that one inch portion of your hair and angle it forty five degrees away from the way it naturally falls.
2. Using the backcombing brush, start at the mid-shaft of your hair and slide the brush down to the base of your scalp and repeat this twelve times. (Don’t slide the brush up and down).
3. Continue this until you have completed backcombing this entire section of hair.
4. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to look like that.
5. Yes, still supposed to look like this.
6. Using your ALTESSE brush, gently brush through the backcombed sections. Be sure to “camouflage” the backcombing at the crown of your head and near the part of your hair. Don’t go too crazy and undo all of your hard work!
7. Using the Death Valley Dry Shampoo, spray at the base of your hair and work it into the backcombing base you’ve created.
8. Lightly spray Death Valley Dry Shampoo throughout the rest of your style.
Along with adding amazing volume to hair that’s worn down, back combing has the capacity to fill out and volumize hair that is worn up as well. As mentioned, this type of backcombing will be a bit more aggressive to start, essentially leaving no hair untouched.
To prove our point, we have styled each of the following looks with and without backcombing to illustrate what a remarkable difference it makes.
MAGIC! Actually, no, it’s just backcombing!
Backcombing legend in the southern USA suggests that “the bigger the hair, the closer you are to god;” we would like to alternatively suggest just being a nicer person and taking it easy on the backcombing.