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  • verb Present participle of backcomb.


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  • Raf Simons at Jil Sander showed severe chignons and backcombing, topped with a faux pillbox hat complete with net veil.

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  • When I started upper school at 11, I used to do my hair up in a big quiff and lots of backcombing – it wasn't really in fashion, but I just started doing it.

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  • A prodigious amount of backcombing and a preponderance of blondes created a fair few leonine manes but the effect was more catwalk queen than Lion King.

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  • Those hairdos consisted of ratting, backcombing, and enough hairspray to be totally responsible for the Ozone problems we have today.

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  • Shards of pine palm and baby conifers added unwonted volume while steady backcombing against a succession of branches had created a Byzantine intricacy of form.

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  • She built height for this early updo by winding hair on pop-can-sized rollers, backcombing, then, the coup de grace, spiralling a layer of hair smoothly around the form. - Home Page

  • Heated rollers and backcombing give lift to your roots before your hair is twisted into an understated up-do.

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  • I hear Jennifer's voice calling and my hand reaches for the mirror: let the backcombing begin.

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  • Next, create a foundation for the style by backcombing the bottom layers of the hair.

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  • We know Americans are known for their love of backcombing and hairspray / wigs, but didn't this look leave the world of good taste and style around 1985?

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  • Backcombing is a way of combing hair which is used to create volume as well as to create certain hairstyles. Backcombing, also known as "teasing", means repeatedly combing the hair towards the scalp, causing the hair to tangle and knot up. This method is often used in creating various big hair styles such as beehives and dreadlocks.


    Also known as ratting.

    February 3, 2008