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Last updated: January 24, 2019

Razor-Cutting: Understanding The Razor

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When it comes to razor-cutting, we know that stylists have tons of questions. We feel you! That’s why we hosted an exclusive BTC STUDIOS Facebook Live with Bumble and bumble’s Bronwen Robinson showcasing a layered razor-cut chop! Not only did the video reach 1,500,000 people, but we caught a ton of razor-cutting tips. Check them out and watch the entire cut below!



The incredible before and after!


  • The difference between razors and scissors: Working with a razor allows you to naturally blend the hair very easily. When working with scissors, the outcome can become very blunt very easily. So, when determining which tool to use, first determine the desired end result.


  • The difference between using a guard or an unguarded blade: A guard can push the hair before the blade has made contact with it, making the edge a little more diffused than what you or your client desires.


  • Because of that, Bronwen completed this cut with an unguarded razor blade. You can use a guard to create the same look, you just need to understand how the guard pushes through the hair. 


Using a new razor on wet, fine hair can produce a super-clean cut. An older blade will create more texture and diffusion.


  • How often should you change the blade?
    • Know this: If you want a new read and a sharp outcome, use a fresh blade.
    • However, when working with very fine hair, sometimes it’s better to have a little more resistance with the blade, meaning using an older blade can produce a more lived-in result. Why? Because when cutting on wet, fine hair, a new blade can sometimes make the look too clean and too perfect. 


Working with a razor allows you to create texture very naturally.


  • When using a razor on curly hair, ask yourself how glassy the hair is. You can afford to use the razor more on glassy curls. If the curls are fuzzier, Bronwen suggests being more reserved with the razor and using it on the interior rather than the top sections to keep the perimeter from looking frizzy.


  • Wondering about the pros and cons to cutting on wet or dry hair? Here’s what Bronwen had to say: Cut wet to dry and use some product! Spraying Bumble and bumble Primer throughout the strands will give the hair some slip and allow the blade to continuously glide through the hair as it starts to dry.


Watch the full Facebook Live below!



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