verb[with object] chiefly British
- Comb (the hair) from the ends of the strands towards the scalp to make it look thicker: you can achieve a sixties feel by gently backcombing hair at the crownMore example sentences
- If performed incorrectly, the stress of teasing or backcombing hair can damage delicate strands.
- Nobody went out without backcombing their hair.
- I was a bit of a rockabilly in those days, 50's gear, backcombed hair (it was cool, honest), and I used to wear circle skirts with tight polo-necked tops and a very, very cinched waist.