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What are your thoughts about cutting curly hair? Shears or a razor?

Started by Tabatha Coffey. Last reply by Kelli Leyba Nov 17, 2013. 10 Replies

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Comment by Sammee on April 11, 2014 at 3:12am
Perhaps a slide cut technique when face framing would give enough effect as using razor but without the frizz?
Comment by TJ on May 9, 2013 at 4:52pm
As a general rule I always cut curly hair with shears.... However, I have bent the rules depending on the texture of the hair :) and the look Im trying to achieve. Usually around the fringe/ framing the face (on very damp hair and with a very sharp blade! )
Comment by Mikada on April 2, 2013 at 12:54pm
Luckily my mother has spiral hair and I would never take a razor to her head. Lesson learned from experience!
Comment by Maja Larson on March 24, 2013 at 4:11pm

no razors on curly that I have tried, too much fuzz.  However I am sure there is someone looking for the concept in any case, so its worth seeing if someone could create good fuz out of a razor cut on curly hair. :)

Comment by Trina Pritchard on February 18, 2013 at 1:13pm
I have crazy curly hair myself ... I find taking small triangular sections and twisting and slide cutting them altering lengths but still balancing the layers works great!!! Also agree no razors on curly hair!!!
Comment by Janita Ford on February 17, 2013 at 10:17am

I point cut curly hair with shears while wet. I also keep in mind that the hair will shrink but you can normally tell how much by the "S" pattern it has when it is freely hanging.

Comment by Janis B on February 2, 2013 at 9:47am

I normally do not use a razor when cutting curly hair.  I find that it "frays" the ends too much and the hair ends up losing more shine.  I also tend to wash and dry this type of hair first and cut dry.  When drying, I use a diffuser on a cool setting.

Comment by Nancy Haynes on January 27, 2013 at 8:23pm
I have naturally very curly hair and I prefer a stylist who a) understands curly thick unruly hair b)truly understands how to use a razor and c) will change their blade infront of me. Razors are AMAZING tools for all hair but a combo of both shear and razor along with a seasoned stylist will give the most individualized cut for curly or straight hair. Xo
Comment by Kristen Cruz on January 14, 2013 at 8:15pm

I am a Ouidad trained stylist, & during my certification & training, we were told that curly hair should NEVER be touched with a razor. Not only that, but if any of the stylists in our salon were to use a razor to cut curly hair, we could lose our certification. I have read that it isn't impossible or a terrible thing to some stylists, but you really have to know what you are doing with that razor in order to not cause any MORE frizziness that curly haired clients are already prone to. 

Comment by Emily Vanderham on January 14, 2013 at 6:19pm

I only cut curly hair with shears, becuase yes razor is not for everyone...  However, if you are trying to eliminate weight, I ONLY use a razar.  Thinning with thinning shears with create the opposite effect when hair dries.


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