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Has anyone out there had clients complain about the effect of having thier hair cut with a razor?

I am very excited about the wonderful freedom and results of using a razor.But once or twice clients

have called saying it made thier hair frzzy or thinned it out .Many people want and like the razor

I try to have a thorough consultation but some people call back FREAKED OUT.Anybody relate????

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Comment by vincent chiarell on April 29, 2011 at 2:48pm

Thanks Mitchell,I appreciate your explanation it clears up everything for me.

Funny thing,I always say "Its not a Tattoo" too.

                                                             thanks again ,Vincent

Comment by mitchell on April 29, 2011 at 1:49am

Razor cutting is very 'freeing' Vincent...It's sculpture, as opposed to scissor-cutting which is architecture and with the razor one can create line, shape and texture all at the same time. Clients sometimes get freaked-out because the feel of the hair is different when the weight is removed from the ends, and when they only know how to blow-dry and style their hair one way, they need to be taught the difference and how to deal with the difference. Of course the razor thins their hair, that's what it's supposed to do...but is that wrong? Not necessarily, but it's different and they don't know how to deal with it.

Of course one can also do a wonderful blunt-cut with the razor, it needn't just thin-out the style, it creates lovely movement in one-length cuts, something that blunt scissor-cuts lack.

Curly hair should not (in general) be cut with the razor, it tends to make curly hair very unmanageable although wavy hair can bebefit from the razor. If you taper curly hair too much with the razor it will frizz because you've taken the architecture out of the shape, if this is the case, simply go through and blunt-cut the ends to put some architecture back in... actually you'll  find that it's often a good idea to go through heavily razored cuts with the scissors to even things up a bit.

There are fewer rules for razor-cutting than scissor cutting, one is all 'feel' (the razor) the other, scissor-cutting, is more mathematical, joining angles cleanly. Razor cutting is infinitely more creative and much more fun to watch and do, it frightens many haircutters who need a template of angles to follow...they aren't really sculpting.

Every new trend which comes along needs to be explained to the clients, they need to know that this is new and not to freak-out because it doesn't work like the last trend.

I remember when we began doing blunt bobs at Sassoon in the 1960's, the clients who were used to razored cuts, which allowed high, wide and fluffy bouffant creations, were freaked-out because a blunt cut wouldn't allow them to do those styles, the hair just wanted to lay flat, which was exactly the point.

The thinning scissors, which came into popularity in the 1980's to do the Billy Idol choppy-topped cuts, also freaked the clients out until they got the hang of how to style their hair, then they loved it.


In the end, if they freak, just remind them that it's just a cut, not a tattoo, it grows out and will be back to 'normal' in a few the mean time...razor the crap out of some hair and have a ball!

Comment by LaTronda Jones on April 27, 2011 at 11:02pm
There has to be a fresh razor each cut. If there is an abundance of hair, you may have to switch the razor during the cut. Dull razors and razoring drying hair are usually the cause of frizz.

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