Friday, February 29, 2008


Scenario ,
After being excited about the whole shorter hair craze, you are finally inspired to go short. You ask your stylist to free you from the bondage of the ponytail and are willing to commit to some extra time to styling your hair in the morning. You and your stylist are excited about the new do and your last words were, "You are in charge. I trust you. " This is a possible mishap waiting to happen...

The cut is beautiful!! It fits the shape of the face well; the style is modern and sexy.Hugs and kisses are shared and you leave the salon feeling complete; happy to be rid of the ponytail. Two days later you wash your hair and begin styling, but something has changed?! You put your brush to your hair and it's as if they had a love affair gone wrong! The hair just slides out of the brush. It's wispy and difficult to style. You start thinking about the salon visit and how happy you and your stylist were . Then the 1 thing you remembered that was different was the tool that was used... a razor! Once again the razor gets a bad name.

This is a big one because the razor is my best friend, that was so generously introduced to me by Eva. Before I decide on using a razor on my clients, I always ask myself the following things:

A) What is the style to be achieved?
B) What is the clients lifestyle?
C) Is the hair thick enough ?
D) Can I achieve the style and leave the hair with a texture that is manageable?


When choosing a tool, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. For example, the hair density, texture, the client's experience with it in the past and how aggressive it's used . The razor is a silent partner in this relationship. It is a tool that is so often misused. This tool is amazing and precise when used with care.

Here are some tips on razoring that you should know and questions you can ask if you are thinking of a razor cut:

1) Share your concerns about the razor, especially if you've had bad past experiences. A hair stylist that loves their craft will listen and decide if the razor is best for you. They will let you know whether your hair can take it or not. Rather than impose what he/she wants to do to satisfy an ego.

2) Since you are a bit nervous about the "tool in question," ask if part of the hair can be cut with the razor and the other part with the scissor ( Its done all the time ).

3) Ask for new product recommendations

4) Express concerns like, "I am afraid of being too razored", "I want it to be easy to style" and "Can we alternate razor cuts and scissor cuts ?"

To be continued


Susie said...

What type of hair is a razor cut suitable for? I have fine blond hair, a hairdresser told me it was like "baby hair, it never grew up"