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When To Use A Razor And The Purpose For Different Blades

Sam Villa

Author Sam Villa | Founding Partner of Sam Villa

Today’s texture is loose, it’s critical for adding movement and life to a silhouette, and a razor is ideal for taking weight out and breaking up quickly…it slices hair at an angle, so the base of the hair strand remains wider than the end, creating softness and movement. Watch the video above to learn more about the Sam Villa Signature Series Razor.

The Sam Villa Signature Series Razor has a rotating handle, to minimize stress on the wrist when cutting and changing blades, and it comes with three interchangeable blades – Straight, Texturizing and Blending. Straight (with guard): For cutting straight edges Texturizing: Designed with 6 gaps for maximum texturizing and blending Blending: Designed with 9 gaps for softer edging When using a razor I prefer to cut on dry hair. I begin by prepping the hair with Redken shine flash 02 glistening mist to buffer hair and give it a little more slip against the razor. This allows you to better control how much hair you take out - when hair is wet, you tend to gather more hair and end up taking out too much.  Learn some awesome razor cutting techniques such as Painting, Twisting and Point Cutting with a razor.

There is one question I'm constantly asked and that is, "How often should I change out my razor blade?"  I recommends changing the razor blade every other cut (depending on the texture of the hair), if not every cut, to ensure a clean slice.  Coarser hair dulls the blade quicker, as does holding the blade at the wrong angle.  View more details on changing blades.

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