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Difference in Texture Between Razor & Shear

Hairstylists use various tools to cut hair, sometimes depending on the specifications of the customer. Such tools include razors, thinning/blending shears, clippers, and scissors. Each tool brings a unique texture to the hair, altering the appearance of the hair after styling.

The most commonly used tools by stylists are traditional shears, thinning/ blending shears and razors. Haircutting shears have a stationary blade, a finger rest, and a sharp cutting blade. The length and shape of the shears may vary depending on the stylists preference. On the other hand, razors vary in style, some with a handle on the end, while others are like an "L." A thinning or blending shear has small teeth with a straight blade to allow some hair to be left longer and shorter.

Generally, the razor-cut hair tapers off to a thinner peak. Shears give rise to a blunter look at the end.

Razor cut versus thinning shears.

Various haircutting requirements may be met by the stylist using many different hair shears. An example here is for hair that needs to be significantly textured or thinned. Stylists can preferably use both the shears and razors to carry out this kind of cut. Either a razor or texturizing shear may be used to reduce bulk or blend certain styles.

Thinning shears

For any stylist aiming to remove bulk within a given haircut, texture shears are the best option. Thinning shears are very common with thick haircuts and are frequently used to blend in several styles that the client may be desperate for.

There are several methods that your status may consider and cutting your hair to remove bulk or add texture.

  • Point cutting: pointcut is a common technique that involves traditional shears where the shears are pointed directly to the hair as the cut occurs. Point cutting is very convenient for clients who desire curly hair with a textured look.

  • Slithering: this is a technique for traditional shears referring to where the shears are slightly held open to their hair, sliding off from the length of the hair while cutting.

Razor haircut and the tips

There are times when razor cuts are the right choice for the client's texture requirements. It is also essential to note that razors require a specific technique learned through advanced education.

If the stylist determines that the razor is the best choice for them, here are some of things considered:

  • Type of hair: for a razor cut, it is good on finer hair but may create unwanted curls. Razors are therefore suitable for thick and non-curly hair in nature.

  • Sharpness: It is vital to use a very sharp razor. This ensures a clean cut and less pull on the hair.

  • Razor type: to acquire excellent results, use an ideal razor, as there are many different types, each with a unique cut type.


Traditional shears cut hair bluntly, giving rise to a uniform cut across the hair's extent and in the layers' interior. On the other hand, Razors cut the hair at the end at various measurements, tapering each hair's ends instead of cutting it straight away. This brings a texture and a pointed outlook on the ends of the hair. For more information, contact us today.

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