How to Backcomb, a.k.a. Tease Your Hair Like a Pro

6 steps for a voluminous ponytail

By Alanah Joseph Nov 15, 2017 8:46 PMTags
ESC: Kristin CavallariPaul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Is your ponytail lacking luster and volume?

Even if you don't have much time, there's a simple way to get a Kristin Cavallari-level ponytail. It doesn't take more products or much skill, just a little reverse thinking. Instead of combing your hair away from your scalp (per usual), combing your hair towards your scalp creates volume and texture. The popular technique is called "backcombing," and it's the answer to your droopy ponytail.

For Kristin's loose wavy ponytail, start your routine by curling your hair, then loosen the curls with a wide tooth comb, prior to placing hair in a ponytail. For an edgier look, start with straight hair and apply a texturizing product. 

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Ready for an easy, fast holiday go-to? Follow PRIV hairstylist Robby LaRiviere's steps for the voluminous ponytail below! 

Step 1

Apply dry shampoo to hair for tousled, oil-free hair.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose Dry Shampoo, $28

Step 2

Starting mid-shaft, comb the top, front section of hair downwards, towards your scalp.


Step 3

Lightly comb the same section back.

Step 4

Place your hair into a ponytail.

Step 5

Grab a small section of the ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie, then secure with a bobby pin.

Step 6

Starting mid-shaft, backcomb the ponytail, moving toward the hair tie.

Step 7


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