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Razor cutting what a skill


Razor cutting what a skill


mike vallance

How to do a razor Cut:

When we think Razor cutting i think in most cases ones thought go Directly to our friend the cut throat or open razor a valuable tool indeed, a tool that needs to be respected a tool not to fear:

How to do a razor Cut:

Learning how to do a razor cut how to use the tools to create wonderful new free textured looks comes with much practice and experience. That is not saying don’t try but don’t just slash away without thought to shape and weight distribution. My personal opinion is that one should have a full understanding of hair cutting creating forming building shape before playing with razors.

Basic home produced  sketch of angles

To get the most out of razor cutting one has to understand weight distribution, hair growth patterns, texture, how to build shape and form. can you do you visualize the shape you want to create in 3D before you start? when finished does it look the way you hoped? Master the art of scissor cutting and indeed thinning and texture shears before moving on.

cute little razor cut

{over the years i have seen so many hairdressers using thinning shears to cut hair when you ask them what do you think what your doing will do to the shape they look blankly or say thinning and texture of course yes but what about the shape the weight distribution!}

razor cut demi colour


Maybe you don’t agree with me that’s great let share  exchange some thoughts? I have been doing hair for many years I remember the first time the penny dropped with regard to weight distribution and creating shape! It was so exciting it was like someone turned on a light. { this was well over 20 years ago her name was Lesley and i gave her an amazing Scissor hair cut memories}  to this day I still get that buzz when it just works!



Above: these little sucker’s claw’s:

I diverse a little these are amazing on thick hair Asian hair I have cut a really textured Bob just using these but again you have to understand weight and shape. They have little blades as you use them the more pressure you apply with your fingers they hair will be removed as you drag them down the shaft in a combing motion as you can see below on this short little hair cut.

{Above  me cutting with the claw’s}

Maybe I’m getting ahead of things lessons demonstration are the best way to learn these skills: I would be happy to share them with any one who would like a class. There are so many techniques available to us with a razor and indeed so many different types of razor. A skilled person can cut a Blunt Bob even use razor over comb, do layered cut, feather a fringe the sky is the limit My favourite tool is a feather razor I use this instead of scissors and cut hair in little points rather than a strait line. { Think about the shape of the head the angles you create?}  you cannot cut a strait line on a curved surface you create the illusion of this!  cool ha.

The razor above is a feather razor:

I use Kashio Blades they have the best edge and last the longest maybe a few hair cuts over a year i may spend the same amount as a good pair of scissors but think about how nice it is to have a new fresh blade it glides through the hair. { it is by choice the tool of my trade} It is widely though that razor cutting is only suitable on certain types of hair in my experience this is not the case. What needs to be considered is the technique that you are going to use to get the best out of any given hair type. Once you get to this level of understanding their is no right or wrong way to do a razor cut it becomes a new art form freestyle cutting.


I was inspired by a dear friend whilst working in Vancouver at the time he was Artistic Director  for L’anza USA {Mr john Bertorelli } What John could do with a razor was and is to this day an inspiration a true artist i owe him a great deal he encouraged me to push my boundaries to step into the unknown i  did and have never looked back. I became a platform artist working for L’anza Canada as a Colour educator and also teaching razor cutting.

{This little baby is a glass crystal razor}

In days gone bye i spent a great deal of time one summer cutting hair on the beach in Greece. Imagine this sea, sand, beer, hair cuts maybe not the best combination in the world {right!} but did you know that you can cut hair with a broken beer bottle the glass get dull very quickly but you can do a great cut. Well that story was needed because the above razor has a glass blade and it was through messing around in Greece that i knew when i found this tool that it had many applications:


Amazing for texture long and indeed curly hair so all those beers on the beach in Greece were not wasted it was an investment in my art. When it comes to style creating that new look have fun. Challenge your self push the envelope get new skills invest in your self go on course. Learn new techniques watch others share idea’s we never stop learning we just have to keep moving forward! Join me see my profile and Bio on linked in.


The ‘Three R’s’ 
”Reputation. Recommendation. Retention”. 
It’s not built on that constant looking for new clients it’s looking after what you have! It’s investing in your self and your business and those around you.


This journey, this career, is wonderful – challenging, inspiring, and yes, hard work.

Our industry is in constant change and is sometimes criticised. For lacking vision in some areas. However there is an ever growing body of professionals. That have a firm commitment to our industry, they have a passion for change, to raise standards through education and sharing. Leadership, education and team incentives.Will over time and with commitment give any individual that ability to do exceptional work and to be more creative. Leadership and management help create an amazing work environment for all concerned. So key for success for all concerned.
This journey. This career, is wonderful – Challenging. Inspiring and yes can and will be hard work. but the rewards are worth all the effort.
Thank you all for letting me share some thoughts with you today.These are inspirational, passionate, industry professionals.They have a vision. These are the people I want on my bus to learn from, share with, take a journey with. Get inspired. Connect with driven motivated industry professional. challenge your self. invest in ones /your self 

Are you driver or passenger !

 There are no guarantees in life and ones career and career choice is no different thing happen and its how we deal with them that defines us. Jobs change relationships come and go the one thing that remains after training is our skill both hands on creative and the ones we learn about people and communication about caring about being a team player. Constantly developing new skills staying current is so very important.

My web site is Back2myroots: B2MR feel free to check in

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Stylist having an online profile.

I’m very excited and flattered to have been offered an opportunity to post an article on the web site Click here to read 


As a stylist young or seasoned why not build a profile try this platform if you post images of younger models, with current commercial hairstyles then it will attract a younger audience looking for those kind of hairstyles in your area.To strive to be better to make a real difference!Intelligent salon software provides a state of the art comprehensive salon marketing and management solution, complete with the knowledge, expertise and coaching required to take your salon to the next level.

Mirrored Vision   By Martin green

Mirrored Vision


Finding customers keeping Clients 

What can I say in writing the Mirrored vision. Martin Green has has taken a risk to produce something that the industry really needs a shot in the arm Innovative, radical, inspirational, challenging.
It certainly poses some really interesting idea’s and concepts it also crosses the boundaries of what might be seen and perceived as normal processes within our industry and in the salon.

Hair image consultancy short tube introduction video

A new connection for me and new association Gary Sunderland amazing creative talent refreshing product line take a look at his web site

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I also think that we need to always look at the Why. Ask the question Why are we in business whats it for? OrWhy do we want to go into to business what is success? Why do I suggest this I think by asking and exploring the why we get to the motive behind why we want to be in business what is true success. Why the will also help us to understand our true values this in turn helps us to follow the path to the success we want  and desire. It will help us to surround ourselves with the right team those who share our values and vision.


Remember. Salon success. Stylist success. Business success are all linked together it’s Team success. Its never about any destination only ever about a journey taking the right people on that journey makes it enjoyable maybe even fun!

Salon studies hair  product survey and retail product survey.

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Mike B2MR


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