Back in my junior high years, backcombing was a very close personal friend of mine. How else was I to achieve claw bang perfection? Whether you call it teasing, ratting, or backbrushing, backcoming helps create volume, hide thin spots, and/or provides a base for updos. It can be extreme — think Lady Gaga — or it can be smooth and tame, like Jackie O. I particularly love teasing my locks when I'm headed out for a night of fun. What about you?
Will Malia do for TEASE what her mama did for Maria Pinto? The 10-year-old daughter of down-to-earth fashionista Michelle Obama has been making a statement of her own in handmade tees and tanks. Malia was seen sporting the trendy and age-appropriate blue tie-dye tank ($51), pink tie-dye peace shirt ($51) and tie-dye smiley face blue tee ($51) while on holiday in Hawaii. As the oldest Obama daughter, Malia is setting a stylish example for her younger sis, Sasha, and other American tweens. We can't wait to see what the young ladies wear to their daddy's inauguration.
A few days ago I told you about the 50 sexiest music videos of all time, and now I'm back to share the top 10 striptease songs, according to AskMen.com. If you've ever performed a lap dance, you know just how important song choice is. The right music can instantly transform you into a sex kitten and provoke your body to move in ways you didn't know you were capable of! To see what's on the list, read more
Yesterday at the Lauren Conrad LA Fashion Show her BFF and new roomie Lo Bosworth (also of The Hills) styled her hair in a chic, teased chignon. The teasing gives height to the crown and sides of her head (which gives symmetry and balance to an oval face). To learn how to re-create this fashion-forward look at home, just follow my directions.
- STEP 1: Begin with damp hair. (If your hair hasn't been washed in a day or two, that's even better — just spritz it with water.) Then add about two fist-sized amounts of mousse to your hair and distribute it evenly. Use a large round brush to blow hair dry, directing the hair away from the face.
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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.