Big Hair Tips: Backcombing and Volume
By Kate on 9 November 2010
While the styles may change, big hair will always be in fashion, and we have the tips to using backcombing and volume to get the look...
Backcombing uses teasing to add height directly into your hair strands where you need it to create big hair looks that pack plenty of punch.
To backcomb your hair use these easy steps:
- Divide your hair into manageable portions.
- Hold a section of your hair up vertically and then place your tail comb at the mid-lengths of the section and then gently brush down, pushing your hair against itself.
- Repeat in the section, and the rest of your hair, until you get the height and volume you want.
Unless you're going for a rock chic look, stay away from your roots as this will make your backcombing visible.
Backcomb from the underneath/underside of your hair to ensure that your backcombing isn't obvious.
If really big hair isn’t the look you’re after but you still want some lift and height in your locks then just adding some simple volume to your strands is all you need to do.
The first step to getting volume in your locks is to use volumizing hair styling products. Wash with shampoos and hair conditioners specifically designed to add volume to your hair strands and make room in your bathroom cupboard for volume promoting styling products such as root lift sprays and body-building hair mousses.
Just remember when it comes to products that you don't need to go overboard. A little goes a long way and too much hair product will just weigh down your hair strands and defeat the purpose of building volume.
As for straight lanky hair, add a volume boost with strategically placed highlights which will give the illusion of hair volume.
Our final tip for big hair is to keep your backcombing and volume balanced. That means if you have height and volume on top, keep your sides sleek.
Hairdos with plenty of luscious volume and big backcombed styles will always have a place at any event, whether it’s adding oomph to a wedding upstyle, a party hairdo, of even spicing up your regular office hairstyle, so knowing how to add height to your hair will give you the chance to create plenty of great looks!
To see how you'd look with any of these volume-filled hairstyles, click on the images for a link to try the virtual hairstyle on your own photo or our model.