Curly Qs: Razor Haircuts

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Razor haircuts involve using a special stylist razor, instead of scissors, to slice strands. Though a great option for finer hair textures, other more coarse textures should stay away from razor cutting. I spoke with two experts to get the lowdown on this method.

Vanessa Fernandez, stylist at Butterfly Studio in New York, is a fan of using razors on straight and fine hair types because it can add texture and volume by fraying strands. Fernandez also likes using them on shorter cuts, like pixies or bobs, to add a rougher, more edgy look. When it comes to curly hair, however, she doesn’t recommend using a razor because it can create split ends on already brittle hair. Aveda Master Stylist Kurt Lowry agrees that the jagged edge a razor gives off wouldn’t work well on curly hair that can be jagged by nature. He says it can make curls look puffy—and you know we don’t need more of that in our lives.

So, using razor on hair has its perks, but it all depends on your texture. You should check with your stylist to see if it’s a good option for you. As for me, I’m going to stick to that tool called "scissors" for my curls. What about you? Have you tried a razor cut and loved it?

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