It's something that my hair used to rebel against, it was nearly impossible to make it hold. I can thank cheerleading for this change in my life. A fellow cheerleader used to tease my hair for quite awhile before each game and use 2x as much hairspray and bobby pins to make it stay. Now I can fully tease my hair in less than 5 minutes. Now with cheerleading, it was quite acceptable to have a huge "poof" to go along with a hair bow the size of your head. Walking around daily? Not so acceptable. It's possible to tease your hair without the poof.
The products I use daily are:
-Extra Hold Hairspray
The most important item for me is the hairspray. I buy the biggest bottle of Tresemme Firm Control and it lasts me for months (even after using it daily). I don't use Rockaholic dry shampoo because it's fairly expensive for my liking but it is my favorite kind to use. Use whichever bobby pins hold in your hair, I have a mix of brands. I have three teasing combs that I use but you can also use a regular comb if you don't have one.
I start by styling my hair first. I curl or straighten it and let the hair cool before teasing. I spray the dry shampoo at the roots for extra hold. I tease in sections starting with the back. I pin the top layer forward so that it can lay on top of the teased area. Then I tease 3 sections about an inch apart on the back side of my head. I spray each teased piece on the back and front side with hairspray. I unpin the top layer and smooth it out with the comb. Then I tease two sections on either side and smooth out the top. I spray all of the teased sections with hairspray again. If I'm pinning my hair back then I use bobby pins to hold everything in place. If I put it up in a ponytail then I use the pick end of the teasing comb to lift the hair at the crown.
Teasing takes my hair from completely flat to styled in just a few minutes. Even if I don't have time to do anything else, I always tease it.
Hopefully this helps at least one other person learn how to tease their hair!