Test Drive: What a Tease

Whether it’s because we’re nostalgic for the 1980s or we’re aiming to score a walk-on role on Mad Men, hair teasing is enjoying a renaissance of sorts. It’s come a long way from 1960s beehives and can be extremely wearable — even during the day. Grab a teasing brush and start experimenting.

The Casual Look: Undone Bun

1 Difficulty Level: 1

We love this because you can’t even tell you’ve teased your hair — it just looks like you’ve got oodles of hair to wrap into a big messy bun. Start by pulling hair back into a pony and securing with an elastic. Dividing hair two-inch sections, tease in small strokes until you have a very poofy pony. Take the entire pony and twist into a bun, securing with bobby pins. The extra texture will help the pins hold your hair in place but you can finish with a light hairspray for extra hold. Watch our video for tips.

The Glam Look: Down and Wavy

2 Difficulty Level: 2

Straight hair is pretty but tousled hair has that sexy, just-hopped-out-of-bed look. If you have naturally wavy hair, you’re in luck – just work a little light hold gel (we like Ouidad’s Climate Control through damp strands and then scrunch hair as you blow dry. Finish by lightly teasing small sections around your face. For straight hair, use a curling iron or flat iron to create loose waves, and then tease for additional volume.

The Retro Look: Get Height

3 Difficulty Level: 3

For the ultimate glamour girl look, aim for height — and think Audrey Hepburn, not Snooki. Start by sectioning off hair at the top of your crown, as if you were creating a half-pony. Clip the top portion out of the way and gather the bottom hair into a low pony. Take the top portion and tease it in sections, starting from the back to the front. Once it's all teased, use your brush to smooth the top back without pulling the volume down. Add this section to the rest of your hair with another elastic. Finish with big, black sunglasses and, if necessary, a tiara. Watch our tutorial for pointers.

The Punk Rock Look: Faux Hawk

4 Difficulty Level: 4

This look is decidedly on our girls’ night out playlist but you can adjust the volume to make it daytime appropriate as well. Technique-wise, it's similar to the retro look but involves less hair and less polish. Separate a section of hair from the center of your forehead back to crown. Pull the sides and back of your hair out of the way with an elastic or clips, then tease center section from tips to roots. Smooth the top back and spray generously with hair spray or texturizing spray. Leave hair down or tie back in a loose pony.

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