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September 17, 2019

3 Solutions For Common Backcombing Problems!

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3 Common Teasing Issues and How To Fix Each

Ever struggling with getting a seamless blend AND a bright, bold balayage? Don’t worry fam, we got you! We had the M.O.B. Boss himself, Ryan Weeden aka @ryan.weeden on Insta and Founder of Masters of Balayage (get it, M.O.B. Boss?) stop by The BTC House to share his fixes for all your common teasing probs. Don’t believe us? Scroll down for Ryan’s solutions, formulas and products used. If you want more, click here to purchase Ryan’s class on BTC University and have it as part of your hair arsenal for life! 

 

 

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  • Formula A (Lightener)

    Wella Professionals Blondor Freelights + 20-volume Freelights Developer + b3 Brazilian Bond Builder 

  • Formula B (Root to Mid Toner)

    Equal parts Wella Color Touch 7/0 + 6/71 + 6-volume Color Touch Emulsion (2:1)

  • Formula C (Ends Toner)

    Equal parts Wella Illumina Color 9/60 + 6-volume Wella Kolsten Perfect Creme Developer

 

1. My Teased Sections Don’t Lift Enough!

 

 

Not getting enough lift in a backcombed section could be happening for two reasons, Ryan explains:

  1. Starting the tease too far down. Ryan likes to utilize a half tease: begin backcombing about ¼ to ½ way down into the subsection. This will give you optimal brightness. On the other hand, if the desired result is a super blended section, Ryan suggests a long tease, which starts at the bottom of the subsection.

 

  1. The section is too thick from the start. Teasing takes about 50 percent of the hair out of a section, Ryan explains. Mostly the shorter layers which is what creates such a seamless blend. If you can’t see through the section before backcombing, then the section is too thick. Trying to tease until you can see through the section can compromise the integrity of the hair.

 

2. Teasing Results in Dark Holes or Splotches.

 

 

This could be because the tease is uneven, meaning there is more hair teased up on one side than the other. Ryan suggests using a comb with a consistent amount of teeth, holding your section out from where the hair lives on the head and using a smooth motion when backcombing the hair up.

 

3. My Money Piece is Too Blended and Not Bright Enough

 

 

For Ryan, it’s all about what he calls his “Million Dollar Money Piece” and that is a combination of weaved and teased sections. Want to be a millionaire money piece maker? Check out Ryan’s technique:        

  • Start with a half-moon front section.
  • Create what Ryan calls the “band of brightness:” start with a micro weave, followed by two back-to-back micro slices and then a second micro weave.  THEN start teasing as you work towards the crown. The band of brightness will create a beautiful face frame when the hair is down, Ryan explains, while the teased sections will create a blend for the client wears their hair up. Because NO ONE wants a stripey face frame! 

 

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