How do I backcomb my hair for vintage styling?

Backcombing is such a great skill to get locked down. Not only does a good backcomb give you volume and height that stays all day (when you get it right) but it’s also a great way to get bigger victory rolls that grip well, stay up and look super professional. Here’s some techniques for backcombing for victory rolls, as well as my favourite… the beehive!

Backcomb hair without damaging, le keux tutorial

Backcombing video tutorials…

In this one I show you how to backcomb curls for a biiiiig curl set brush out!

And here’s how to back comb for a gorgeous ’60s beehive…

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Backcombing your hair without damaging

Start by sectioning off your fringe. Take another layer of your longer hair, an inch wide, in a semicircle, just above your fringe. Curl both these sections, starting with the longer length then the fringe. If you have a very short fringe use a thinner curling iron. Curling the fringe first makes it much easier to hide as it will blend and curve softly into the roll! Now smooth this whole backcombed section together with a grooming brush, keeping your thumb or hand inside the roll as you brush to retain shape.

Brush the longer length of hair over the top of the shorter pieces and loop it around the side to create our swirling victory roll. The longer length should be on the outside of the roll to hide the fringe and swoop inwards, camouflaging any short layers. Set in place with a long pin curl clip and use your fine tooth comb to gently neaten the outside of the roll and make sure the longer length is covering everything! Use a few hairgrips to secure and spray with a strong hold hairspray to set.