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noun: A sharp-edged instrument used for cutting hair and shaving the face
Stay right here, you are about to be challenged! We’re here to share an alternative and fresh approach to razor cutting on the surface of the hair. The technique of surface cutting directly relates to utilizing the razor in a parallel position to the section as opposed to a perpendicular position. All of us here at Sam Villa® just love utilizing razors in our cuts. This technique will result in straight cutting lines with a highly textured finish.
The Sam Villa Modern Heritage Collection features two different full length haircuts that incorporate surface razor technique. To view these full-length haircuts head to our Video on Demand page.
Let’s discuss the two different razor blades before we begin:
The 9-Gap blade will perform more as a blending shear. The spacing between the cups and the exposed blade is tight. Using this blade will not leave obvious ‘peaks and valleys and the resulting texture will be soft.
The 6-Gap blade will perform more as a large tooth-texturizing shear. The spacing between the cups is spread out. Using this blade will create more obvious ‘peaks and valleys’ in the end result. Think of this blade as adding deliberate texture.
NOTE – This ‘trap’ action will deliver the necessary tension needed to secure your sections
Use the exact same technique as with the 9-Gap blade making sure to ‘trap’ each section for tension. Once again, utilizing this blade will result in more ‘deliberate’ texture.
Both of these blades will prove to be especially beneficial in adding beautiful texture to fringes or other short areas of your shape. 9-Gap for softer ends and 6-Gap for more textured ends.
Work with vertical sections elevated to 90 degrees horizontal (or the appropriate elevation for your desired weight balance)
The traditional approach of cutting the hair with a razor in the perpendicular movement is absolutely fine but let’s change it up! We will continue to challenge you to do, think, and say things differently. If we don’t change our approach we become stagnant. Our guests are a lot smarter than they used to be—they observe what is going on around the salon and they WILL notice when we utilize a new technique. So, let’s keep the fire burning to stay fresh with ourselves and give our guests’ something to look forward to instead of the same old, same old!
What is your favorite razor cutting technique for adding surface texture? Share your techniques in the comments box below.