Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How To: Hair Teasing

After my Aussie Vox Box review last week, some of y'all commented and emailed asking how I get my {super fine, super thin} hair to look like it has body. 

So I thought, well, why not just show them? And then I thought to myself, "I don't want them seeing me halfway dressed in the morning! That's kind of awkward!" And I got all weird and vulnerable and it took me about a week to finally decide to do this. It's still super embarrassing to just put it all out there! Ha! 

I'm just telling y'all right now: I am in no way a hair guru...heck, I don't even think I have good hair! I just do what works best for my ridiculous hair and go with it. 

Before we get started, a few things to note: 
1. I have super fine, super thin hair. 
2. I don't color my hair [anymore]...though I probably should since I'm already finding grey hair {!!!}
3. I don't wash my hair every day, but I did for the sake of this post. 
4. I love big hair. Seriously, it's like "Steel Magnolias": "Oh, she's fine. Just tease it and make it look like a brown football helmet." Ha! 

So, here are the products I use {L-R}:
Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus; Bed Head TIGI Superstar Shampoo; Bed Head TIGI Superstar Conditioner; L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray; Bed Head TIGI Small Talk Volumizer; the Wet Brush; Conair Teasing Comb and the Phillips 3 Row Teasing Brush.

I also use a cheapie John Frieda hair dryer from Target and an Ultra Chi from Ulta.

Here's what I do: 
I wash and condition my hair in the shower. When I get out, I towel dry my hair and brush through it with the Wet Brush. Then, I spray the Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus in sections of my roots and rub it in with my fingers. Then, I use three small pumps of the Small Talk and work through my hair, from roots to tips. 

Then, I let my hair air-dry a little bit while I grab a cup of coffee and do 99% of my make-up. I don't do my eye make-up until after I dry my hair since my eyes water so much. But that's just me!

I blow dry my hair upside down to give it a bit of lift, using a cheap vented brush from CVS {not pictured because it's so old and jankety} and finish it off by flipping back upright and using the blow dryer to blow down my cowlicks in the back and at my bang area. 

Then, I pull half of my hair up with a clip {that I've seriously had since high school} and do my eye make-up really quickly. Once I've finished my eye make-up, I run my flat iron through my hair in two sections. As you can see, it's straight, but I have a few random sections that need to be smoothed out. 

Here is my hair immediately after running the flat iron through it. As you can tell, the ever-present cowlicks are showing their true colors! {I'm pointing to the one in the back, but you can see the one at my bang area, too.} 

So, I take my teasing comb and tease it in sections. The sections I do are: the back at my crown and to the left and right of that, and the two sides of my hair. {Basically where if I were putting rollers in my hair, the sections I'd pull up to do that top layer of my hair with hot rollers.} Note: I don't tease my bang area, as you can see here. 

Once I'm finished teasing, I spray a very light layer of hairspray on the teased portions and go get dressed. 

I know a lot of people don't want to tease because of fear of damaging their hair, but I use a deep conditioner once a week {on the weekend} and get my hair trimmed every six weeks. 

Brandon seriously calls me "Medusa" every single morning when I do this. And, I'm leaning down all weird so you can see the top. I don't normally pose for pictures all weird like this!

Once I'm dressed, I use the Phillips teasing brush to - very softly and very lightly - brush out the teasing. {I can't really take a photo of this because it's hard to photograph. Sorry!} If it's the crown area, I brush back toward my crown. If it's on the sides, I brush down toward that side. Then, I use the "stick" part of the Phillips teasing brush and insert it under parts of my hair that need a bit of extra "oomph." 

Then, after I play with it for a few minutes {and re-tease portions that I think need a bit more height...typically around my crown}, I use the L'Oreal Elnett hairspray and spray all over. For my bang area, I spray a little bit of the hairspray on my hand and run it down that piece of hair to make sure it stays put. {Only use a little bit don't ever want your hair to be - or look - crunchy!} 

And voilĂ : volume! 

So, like I said: I don't claim to be any sort of a hairstylist or even think I'm good at doing hair. I just tease and walk out the door. My motto? "The higher the hair, the closer to God!" I am from the South, after all! 


  1. Yay! This is great!!!! I love your hair. I'm going to have to go get those tools and get to work on my hair. :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Very nice! It looks great! My hair is incredibly thin, flat, and soft, so I wonder if this would work for me too, since you mentioned yours being fine too. I hate having thin and flat hair!


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