Will Combing Hair Backwards Cause Hair Loss?

Backcombing is commonly done during hair styling, to create more volume but this type of combing / brushing forces the hair into the opposite direction. The process of backcombing is carried out the same way for men and women (women tend to have longer hair). You might have heard you should never backcomb your hair because it will eventually fall out.

Is this a myth, a tale or is it true? If you brush correctly there shouldn’t be any hair loss, however, brushing your hair
in certain cases in certain ways can result in excessive hair breakage (and thinner ‘less’ hair).

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Is Backcombing Advisable and Safe?

One belief is backcombing causes the hair follicles to break and the hair is able to come out easily. Hence:
The follicles are attached to the scalp by a thin layer of tissue called dermal papilla and when the hair is pulled backwards, the follicles become stretched and the thin tissue can be pulled out which results in hair loss. That’s one school of thought but this has never been scientifically proven.

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Backcombing occasionally won’t create any irreversible damage, however doing this regularly may well result in permanent damage.


Scalp micropigmentation is a popular hair loss solution when it comes to men and women who have to deal with losing their hair due to excessive backcombing and many other reasons. Skalpec provides the following SMP services for both men and women:

Skalptec Ltd has clinics across the UK and one in Holland at this time.  Find out more.

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Have you thought about a career in SMP? You can succeed! Whatever you need, we’ll help you to find your way and we’ll help you to build your business and personal reputation with an already reputable world class well known SMP brand. With the right support and mentorship. Read More About Skalptec Partnerships.



Skalptec currently has SMP hair loss treatment clinics in Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Shrewsbury, Jersey and Netherlands.

  • Liverpool – Terence Jones Owner and lead technicianof Skalptec & Winner of Best Scalp Tech MPUK UK National Award (our Head Office is located in Burscough, Merseyside). Click here to discover for more about Terence.
  • Newcastle – Terence Jones Owner and lead technician (MPUK National Award Winner 3 times for Scalp Technician of the year). Click here for more about Terence and his clinic.
  • London – A gifted dedicated SMP lead technician. Click here for more about our service.
  • Shrewsbury – Michelle Watson lead technician (our newset clinic opened in 2019). Click here for more about Michelle and her SMP clinic.

You will also find some of our top dedicated technicians with Skalptec clinics in:

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Skalptec Can Help You

You can prevent hair loss from backcombing and you can improve your chances of maintaining healthy hair and scalp. There are different methods and hair loss solutions available and SMP (Scalp Micropigmentation) is guaranteed to give you the results that you seek.

There’s a chance you can do something about your situation, and a lot will depend on how quickly you’re losing your hair, and how fast you  take action. Genetics will always be a factor.


If you are looking for an exceptional hair loss option, consider having Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP). Skalptec Ltd is an established UK multi award winning SMP provider and we can provide the best possible experience for you if you are losing your hair.

If you need help take your first step and talk to us. We have achieved recognition, great reviews, as well as awards for SMP over the years in the UK and internationally. You can find testimonials, Video Reviews, Case Studies and Before and After pictures on our website and on You Tube.

Learn more about Skalptec and the services that we provide. See how we can help you to cover anything from early signs of hair loss to full baldness, thinning hair, receding hairline, scar camouflage and alopecia. Contact us to chat with one of our friendly team where you will be able to book a free consultation at one of our Skalptec clinics.