How to Make a Big Crown in Your Hair

Updated April 17, 2017

Women constantly seek new and simple ways to get more body and volume into their hair. You can try different shampoos, hairsprays and other hair products, but one of the quickest and easiest ways to get big hair is to make a big crown. Made famous in the 1950s, backcombing the crown area is a style worn by some of the most famous celebrities today. To achieve this hairstyle, you need only a few basic supplies that you probably already have at home to help you tease or backcomb your hair.

Brush your hair through to prepare for styling ensuring there are no knots. Newly washed hair does not work best for this style. Unwashed hair--for one or two days--holds backcombing better.

Part hair and pull up a 1-inch wide section of hair from the back centre of the crown area. It does not matter if you part your hair on the left, right or centre of your head. This is where your part will end and the big crown style will begin.

Lift the section of hair up and away from the head at a 45 degree angle towards the front of your head, placing the comb two to three inches from the roots on the underside of the hair.

Spray the roots area lightly with hairspray. This helps add friction when backcombing and adds more body to hair.

Start backcombing the hair. Move the comb up and down the hair shaft using slow deep strokes, staying within the last three to four inches near the roots. Backcombing any further up will leave hair looking knotty and messy.

Take a section of hair directly behind the section now backcombed and repeat the process.

Continue this around the entire crown area of the head as well as the sides of the head. If you have fringe, you can lightly backcomb this area as well to help blend it better with the now volumized crown area. You can continue backcombing over sections until your hair reaches the desired height and fullness. Be consistent and ensure the crown area is unifom to avoid an unnatural off balance look.

Lightly comb over the top of the crown area to smooth the hair down slightly. This helps get rid of any frizzies or flyaways you may have created while backcombing.

Spray lightly with hairspray to finish the look and style as desired. You can style your hair pretty much any way once you have made a big crown in your hair. It helps give body and volume to the hair and if you backcomb properly it will stay in all day.


Ensure strands are dry before backcombing. Wet hair gets damaged easier and water can intensify tangles so your hair may end up knotted. Backcombing can damage the hair if done too often. Avoid using this styling technique on a daily basis to prevent damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Blow dryer
  • Round brush
  • Hairspray
  • Fine-toothed Comb
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In 2000 Diana Prince began writing as a journalist for the school newspaper. Later, she took on a lead writing job at a locally published newspaper. Her work has appeared in various magazines and online publications. She has a degree in cosmetology, a certification in personal training and nutrition and holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and journalism from McMaster University.