Against the hair

in a rough and disagreeable manner; against the grain.

See also: Hair

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
He drew his hands from behind his head and pressed them against the hair which was hanging, as it was apt to do, in a mass on his forehead, while he rested his elbows on his knees.
For the application, I would suggest brushing backwards against the hair growth, followed by a second swipe following the natural hair growth."
I would suggest brush backwards against the hair growth, followed by a second swipe following the natural hair growth."
In addition, foreign body granulomas developed against the hair shaft [Figures 7 and 8].
When you're finishing off your blow-dry, make sure the hair dryer nozzle points down, flat against the hair cuticles.
Colleen Labaff, the Department Head Hairstylist, and Kimberly Spiteri, the Co-Department Head Hairstylist, got nominated for their hard work on "The Originals." The two members of the hair department will be competing against the hair stylists of other TV shows such as "Downton Abbey," "Games of Thrones," "Mad Men" and "Boardwalk Empire."
NHS workers at the trust's centres, including Reaside, in Rubery and Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Centre, Edgbaston, were sent notices warning against the hair style.
There was never an 'Oh my God' moment, even though I was putting a needle in someone's face - it was me against the hair. It was very cathartic."
If you shave upward, against the hair, you'll get ingrowns (ugly) and razor burn (ouch).
Determined to go on a world cruise with Lewis, old Aud needs to raise the cash against the hair salon.
When using straightening irons a must is a `Thermal Protection Spray' which reduces the damage from the direct heat of the plates against the hair. Do not leave the irons on the hair for too long and try not to excessively pull on the hair.
Now this last one might be lost on some of you but it comes as no big surprise to me that the common folk of Britain took against the hair unapparent, Mr Hague, because of his bald head and foetus-like features, as much as they did his policies.