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How To Texturize and Add Movement To Dense Hair Using a Razor

Lya Navarra

Author Lya Navarra

How many techniques can we apply texture the hair to remove weight and add movement? There are a variety of texturizing techniques - we have given you several over the years. Andrew Carruthers, Education Director for Sam VIlla shares yet another technique utilizing the Sam Vila Razor with the 9-Gap Blade.


Tools For Success

  • Sam Villa Razor with 9-Gap Blade – Why this blade?
    • The ‘U’ grooves in-between the gaps hold the hair around them out of the way
    • Only a small amount of hair is removed with each sweep
    • You are in control of how much weight to remove
  • Sam Villa Long Cutting Comb – Why this comb?
    • You want a comfortable length with narrow teeth at one end to smooth out your sections
    • Use a black comb for lighter hair/white comb for darker hair – the contrast will enable you to stay on point and see what you are doing
    • Prior to any razor technique it is essential to use product to create ‘slip’ to the hair for the razor to glide smooth. Otherwise the cuticle gets roughed up and results in unattractive ends.

Products For Success

  • Redken Satinwear 02 prepping blow dry lotion
    • Great as a cutting lotion
    • Not too heavy – will not weigh hair down or make it appear oily
  • Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine
    • Use for extra added benefit for dense hair

In this video, Andrew will be showing us this technique in the back of the head with 3 main sections:

  • First, divide the hair into 2 sections – from top of the head to the nape
    • Clip the left side out of your way
  • Take your first diagonal forward section from the occipital to the nape and clip the remaining hair out of your way
    • Work smart and utilize clips - You never want to re-texturize the previous section
  • Comb your first section with the fine teeth of the comb
  • Pick up the razor and do not be intimidated to go in deep
  • Glide down the section with soft sweeps, not too much tension
    • You will notice right away that you are not taking a lot of hair away
  • Take another diagonal forward section and clip the remaining hair out of your way
  • Pick up the razor and once again, glide down the section with soft sweeps
  • Because you are working on the upper portion of the section, you do not need to worry about cutting any of the previous section


Hot Tip: Notice how Andrew is getting very close to the scalp – this can be intimidating and we encourage you to try this on a friend, family member or mannequin. Get close at the scalp! You are below the occipital, which is a fairly protected area of the head. The importance of getting this close is, this is where the bulk and weight lives on dense hair texture.

  • Take another diagonal forward section and clip the remaining hair out of your way

Hot Tip: This section is just above the occipital – the top end of your diagonal forward section. Be more careful getting into the hair that could potentially stick out if cut too short.

  • At the top of this section, give the hair a push toward the scalp to read the hair
  • The point at which the hair bends is your safety net
  • Begin with the razor at this point and softly remove the hair all the way out to the ends

Hot Tip: As Andrew glides down this section close to the nape, he begins his cut a little further from the head. Even though he is at the nape area, he is also at the hairline and needs to be more careful Once you have completed your razor texturizing throughout the areas of need you can go back in with a blending shear, a dry cutting shear with a long blade or place a straight blade into you razor to begin tweaking for added texture – “peaks and valleys” – Andrew’s texturizing technique allows us to take away the bulk and weight and the added texture for tweaking will to give the cut more pliability and movement.

Watch the video above to learn how to add movement to dense hair using a razor with 9-gap blade. Now, watch this video to learn how to cut layers without making them look choppy.

If you have any questions or comments about this technique, please leave them in the box below. Thanks for watching!