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Last updated: October 10, 2019

6 Razor Cutting Tips From Robert Cromeans

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Watch Robert Cromeans Cut A Straight Razor Bob
Yes, we could watch Robert Cromeans (@robertcromeans)—industry icon and Global Artistic Director of John Paul Mitchell Systems—cut hair all day BUT we’re really living for these razor-cutting tips he dished out in the IGTV video below. Get the all juicey tips on Robert’s straight-razor bob, peep their timestamps to watch them all in action and then watch a tease-and-razor approach to the face frame. Just keep scrollin’!


Watch The Video How-To Below

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1. Treat The Razor Like An Emery Board
Razor-cutting a bob on dry hair and feathering with a straight razor will prevent any visible lines from showing in the haircut. Treat surface-cutting like an emery board, working from mids to ends and focusing on the texture opposed to the length. (0:03)


2. Elevation Is Key
“Lift it up and don’t be scared of it,” shares Robert. “The key to this [razor technique] is elevation.” Hold the hair with a wide tooth comb, keeping the blade parallel with the surface of the hair and working it through the surface of the hair. (0:55)


3. Building The Shape 
Create a head-hugging shape by working the razor where you want to see the shape of the haircut, instead of just working from the bottom up—“more like a sculptor removing what doesn’t belong,” adds Robert. (1:17)


4. Condensed Cutting Technique
Robert prefers to work in less sections, aka his ‘condensed cutting’ method, to be more effective. The secret to this type of layering technique is using low elevation so the layers have more strength even though the lines the razor is creating are invisible. (4:43)


5. The Backcombing Effect
Use elevation on top and work from the outside in. Keep consistent tension on each section using your fingers and don’t let go until you almost reach the bottom. This razor-cutting technique visually looks like you’re backcombing each section. (5:45)


6. Feathering The Face Frame—Watch Robert’s Teasy Technique Below!


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