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Definition: Tease

Get your mind out of the gutter! This week's glossary term has nothing do with nooky and everything to do with hair. Teasing, also known as back-combing or ratting, is a process that involves taking sections of the crown of the hair and combing it from underneath. With one hand holding your hair and the other holding a thin comb, back-comb hair in the opposite direction from it's natural growth pattern.

The result adds serious volume at the roots. Teasing was an extremely popular technique in the 50's and 60's to create hairstyles like the beehive and the bouffant. These days, we are seeing more and more teasing, since "big hair" is back in style. Just take a look at these modernized late 50's hairstyles on Scarlett Johansson, Rachel McAdams and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Be aware that teasing isn't for everyday styling or for those with very thin, weak or fragile hair since strands could break—especially if it is teased while it is still hot. Be sure that before you begin, hair is cool, detangled and as straight as possible.

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desaraev desaraev 8 years
Beautiful Hair!
Candyhunnie Candyhunnie 9 years
Scarletts is too much. Rach'l is nic but it dosn't suit her. Sarah's is bautiful though!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
I especially lie Scarlett's
htiduj htiduj 10 years
you know whose big hair i love the most? amy winehouse and her beehive. i love it. i wish my hair wasnt so thin..otherwise i would want to do something like that...
i-am-elle i-am-elle 10 years
My hair doesn't "tease" very well.
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 10 years
I wish I had places to go to wear Scarlett's hair style!
any any 10 years
i like rachel's look
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 10 years
i like them all!!... the bigger the better!! :)
sherbear5 sherbear5 10 years
my hair doesn't stay teased. they always have to "add texture" my curling it first
chatnoir chatnoir 10 years
I like flowy hair more than this.. looks like AquaNet
MissBardot MissBardot 10 years
I love "big hair". I always get mine done like that for fun events :)
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
rachel looks best in that 'do & sjp. scarlet's is too much
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