How to Tease Hair in Under 5 Minutes

Here's how to get volumized locks in an instant!

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After days of working from home, you’ve probably skipped a wash or two. Loading up on dry shampoo only does so much to restore volume back into your roots. It’s time to call in the big guns: learning to tease hair. Teasing helps create a lift in your locks via the use of a comb or a brush. A favorite technique for those who have thin hair, teasing is a classic method to achieve height throughout your hair without doing that much.

The trick to learning how to tease your hair is to work in sections and get the right brush or comb, which will create that bumped-up look that you desire. Read on to learn how to tease hair in minutes with four of our simple and fun hair tutorials for any occasion:

How to Tease Hair in 5 Minutes


Section off the crown.

Start by sectioning off a 2-inch wide section of hair at the crown of your head.

Section off the crown

Apply texture spray.

Apply Nexxus Air Lift Finishing Spray to your roots to add volume and texture. 


Apply texture spray.

Start backcombing.

Use your teasing comb to backcomb section by section.

Start backcombing.

Finish with hairspray.

Finish with a mist of Nexxus Maxximum Finishing Spray to hold the volume in palce. 

Finish with hairspray.

How to Tease Your Hair for Volume

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It’s easier than you might think. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Looking for instant volume? We hear you. Even if you are blessed with naturally thick tresses, adding height and lift to a hairstyle can take it from zero to hero in a matter of minutes. Our secret hack? Learning how to tease hair in just five minutes. Try this tutorial below:


Section your hair.

Using a comb, take a small section of hair from your crown or wherever you’re looking to create volume and lift.

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Lift your chosen section of hair and spray it with Bed Head by TIGI Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo. This will refresh your strands and give you a clean and fresh base to work with.

how to tease hair dry shampoo

Start backcombing.

Hold the hair up in one hand and using your other hand, comb the hair from the mid-lengths down towards the roots pushing firmly as you go.

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Divide the hair as you go and repeat this process. Hold your strands at a ninety-degree angle to ensure your backcombing is even for all sections.

how to tease hair back section

Use the tail comb trick.

Double check your teased sections are backcombed well enough by trying to push the end of a tail comb through them from front to back.

If your hair is well teased, the comb should not be able to pass through.

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Smooth over.

The trick to learning how to tease hair for volume is to gently use a paddle brush. Smooth over the surface of the teased hair sections with your brush, so that they look sleek and frizz-free.
And remember: try to do this carefully, so that the volume remains intact.

how to tease hair smooth

How to Tease Hair for Volume with a Brush


Start clean.

Start by washing and conditioning your hair before you tease.  Try Love Beauty and Planet Volume And Bounty Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo and Conditioner. Brush your hair and part it how you would normally wear your hair. Wait until your hair is at least 90% dry before you start teasing.

blonde woman shows out to tease hair with clean hair

Work in sections.

Separate your hair into small and workable sections to create the teased hair look. This starts by using a brush or a comb to tease your hair underneath in an upward motion, creating the teased look. Then, go on the top part of your hair, repeating the upward comb motion. Do this multiple times per section to create the volume you desire.

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Continue the process.

Continue the teasing process as you use your comb to create big and voluminous hair. Brush down any wayward strands or frizz with a soft brush.

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You're done!

Now, how easy was that? Spritz your hair with some hairspray to lock in the style. We like the TRESemmé Tres Two Hold Extra Hold Hairspray, which works to hold onto your style without leaving your hair sticky or stiff.

blonde woman shows out to tease hair

Tutorial: How to Create Teased 80s Hair with Nikki Secret

We’re flashing back to the 1980s for some funky, and hip hair inspiration for the holiday season. During this decade you haven’t lived if you didn’t rock scrunchies or hairstyles like mullets, feathered hair, rat tails, crimped hair and of course, voluminous teased 80s hair (to name a few). Vlogger N1kk1sSecr3t has partnered with All Things Hair for our 100 Years of Holiday Hair campaign to show you how easy it is to create a funky 1980s teased hair hairstyle with a modern twist for the holidays.


Wash and condition your hair.

Before creating your fun and stylish teased 80s hair hairstyle, wash your hair with  Love Beauty And Planet Indian Lilac & Clove Leaf Shampoo and Conditioner to cleanse and add shine. 

teased 80s hair wash hair

Detangle and apply mousse.

Use a detangling brush to remove any knots or tangles from your hair. Then apply some of the Nexxus Styling Mousse Plus to your hair for some added volume. Work the product throughout your hair from the roots to the ends.

teased 80s hair apply mousse

Blow-dry your hair.

Blow-dry your hair until it’s completely dry.

teased 80s hair blowdry

Curl your hair.

Using a hair wand, curl sections of your hair away from your face to create body, texture and movement to your style.

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