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Razor cutting creating texture movement dimension


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                                   Razor hair cutting tools and skill

This started out as a razor cutting blog. Exciting and easy for me as razor cutting is my passion second only to hair colouring.

So it’s my hope you enjoy this and it pushes those buttons to get you wanting to explore the world of razor techniques.

The various techniques. The creative texture that can be created. Soft looks with unlimited movement and no demarcation lines. It has been over 15years since I last  cut hair with scissors.I still get excited and find it challenging to cut hair with a razor.

This has been a wonderful journey for me into understanding how hair falls. How to create shape and form. Working with clients in this time i have not had a single client request from a client to go back to using scissors. Or any complaints about the shape look or way it has grown out. why is this? I hope this article explains all.

So down to Business

 

                                                         cut throat razor

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:

                                                shape weight distribution:

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.

                       Hand drawn the angles i process when building shape:

 

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.

With the sketch above i’m trying to show the curve plains on the head the curves directly impact the angles and so the weight distribution and shape we create,

These angles have to be considered and understood to be able to do frees style hair cutting:

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!

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}

                                                           The claw’s

To this day I still get that buzz when it just works! the hair falls into place and shape looking natural almost no need for styling. free style cutting at it’s best.

So these little sucker’s claw’s: not for the faint hearted!!

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 and how hair falls moves and swings.

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.

                               Me working with the claw’s on a model:                                       

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 favorite 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.

                                                      Right razor for the job:  

      It has to be a feather style razor: after many years the best razor                                    blades the longest lasting Kasho

 Here in the Uk contact              http://www.coolblades.co.uk/

I use Kasho 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 thought 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. 

                                    Crystal blade razor:glass blade

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 a razor to the right 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!

A great place to find razors shears and interact with on their face book page committed to professional tools for professional stylists:

I have a group page for thoughts and discussions leave comments. or join follow this blog here.

Exploring techniques with a razor will open up a hole new world of creativity:

If you need would like help encouragement group or individual instruction I’m sure i could help you reach a new level of expertise.

Mike B2MR

http://www.back2myroots.co.uk/

full contact details on my web site:

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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Ammonia free natural hair colour, Avantgarde hair, Avantgarde/ creative hair, Beauty hair salon, Beauty hair style, Beauty tips, Blonde, Blonde highlights, Bridal hair, Bridal updo looks, brunette to Blonde, chemical reactions, Classic Chinion. The laws of colour, Colour correction, colour wheel laws of colour, colouring Grey hair, corrective colour chart, corrective hair colour charts, Creative Hair cuts, Foaming hair colour, freelance Mobile hair stylists, French Pleat, Full head hair bleach and tone, grey hair issues, Hair and style, hair chemistry, Hair Colour, hair colour education, Hair colour techniques, hair colour trends, hair colouring lift deposit, Hair Cuts, Hair cutting, hair cutting style, Hair cutting technique, hair cutting techniques, HAIR DRESSING INDUSTRY, TIPS TRICKS, THOUGHTS,, hair dressing training, Hair dressing training mentoring, Hair lift and deposit, Hair salon chair rental, Hair salon consultation, Hair salon service sales., Hair salon service's, Hair smoothers relaxers, Hair structure and Ph chart, Hair style, Hair style crative colour techniques, Hair stylist consultation, Hair Stylist standards, hair up/do formal, Hairdressing, hairdressing business, Hairdressing colour style trends, hairdressing education, hairstyle, home hair colour, Keratin hair relaxer, Level 6 to 9 natural blonde hair, Lifting Dark hair with High lift colour, Lifting natural dark and warm hair shades, Make over, Metallic salts, Multi tonal low lights, Natural Blonde. want it!, natural level 7 to 9 blonde, Ombre hair colour, Qualification., Razor cut is cutting edge, REDS HOT AND COLD, Solid hair colour going lighter, Stylist's Certification, That special Day make it so!, The colour wheel, The Hair Salon, up do'd, Wedding day hair

 

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Summer time Blonde.Autumn tone down.


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Summer perfect time to be Blonde: But?

 

 

Last weeks of summer. The perfect time to consider that blonde look. That sun kissed look we have loved over the summer months whilst enjoying  those long hot summer days.That hot holiday hair colour we long for to match that fun summer tan.

If you have had the need. Have had the desire to brighten up your hair style with a fun blonde look?

now we have to consider the autumn and maybe introducing some low lights so those roots don’t get out of hand!

It doesn’t matter how dark or light your natural hair color is or if you have dark or pale skin tone, there is always a shade of blonde hair to suit you.

Blonde is still the most popular hair color choice for most women! Of course if you have already coloured your hair then you will have to take this into consideration when thinking about a shade or discuss with your stylist whats possible.

Here are some fun ideas if you want to let that inner blonde out to play for a while.

If you have shoulder length hair in a brunette tone. Skip going for over-all blonde color. Instead apply some rich caramel highlights throughout your style. Focusing on the crown and where the part lands. Your textured waves combined with the rich highlights will reflect the sunlight and create an eye-catching look. This will maintain you on the road to staying blonde with out over processing and leaving you with some texture and tones in your hair caramel. burnt honey. beige. These can all be added with a Demi formulation so deposit only very little chemistry zero lift on hair that has already been lifted.

Long hair

If your long hair is damaged or dull, purchase a good color protecting shampoo and conditioner to use before, during and after you color your hair. Treating your damaged hair from roots to ends is an important factor in maintaining colored styles. For very long hair highlights are a better form of colour than an all over application and help prevent root-re growth issues.

 

Finding the right shade

Before you decide on a shade of blonde. Take into consideration your skin tone and eye color. Also consider your current hair color for it certainly plays a part in choices and possible out come of the new colour you are working towards. consider tones that will work for you over the coming months as the tan fades and the sun gets lower. Think of the trees and the colours of the leaf as autumn takes it’s hold.

If you currently have bleached blonde hair, you may want to opt for a deeper, richer shade of blonde.This might require putting some pigment back into your hair if bleached very light. If your skin tone is very pale, you may want to keep your blonde shade a bit lighter.

 

 

Dark brunettes. A deep honey highlight throughout your style might be best, you are then working with your hairs natural pigment rather than fighting it. Try to avoid bleaching as this just damages your hair.

Choose your colour carefully consider all your options. You may need to seek professional advise. Remember combining a fun new blonde hair color with a new cut can completely change the way you look and feel about yourself and the way others look and see you!

Layering colors

Applying a variety of blonde hair colors throughout your hair on various areas of layering creates a very striking and unique look. If you have a light brown base then highlights to lighten the top sections keeping your layers underneath dark this gives dimension and a great two tones look . This type of coloring looks particularly good on straight, medium-length hair with short or longer bangs.

                              A series of different looks and different styles on blonde hair

A few Examples of Blonde looks:

These are just a few thoughts and ideas for those interested in creating a new blonde hair color try to do something different and new with your blonde hair this season.Blonde hair in small or large doses is a good way to update your appearance and help lift your mood!

Shades of Blonde with texture:

In the Fall or Autumn with a demi application we can go darker with out any ill effects or possibility of damage.

You can still be Blonde with a touch of controlled tone down less root issue more dimension and texture. Have fun

Mike B2MR

 

 

 
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The art of the creative hair cut.


Welcome to B2MR BACK2MYROOTS!

A place to share thoughts review hair colour and products.

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:

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.

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 have a firm foundation and technique fully comprehend all aspects of this art you cannot learn this over night it takes years in-fact you will never stop learning.

I was fortunate  to learn from some of the very best icons of today John Frieda, Clifford Stafford. Both top stylist at Leonards in the late 70s early 80’s along with many other top talented hairdressers the training nights the schedule was quite brutal training nights 2 nights a week mandatory  at the time seemed harsh on reflection the very best one could have had Such structure such attention to detail.

I owe them a big thanks

{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!}

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}

to this day I still get that buzz when it just works!

So the claw’s or finger razors:                         

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.

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.

their 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 favorite 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 i use the most is 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 there is no right or wrong way to do a razor cut it becomes a new art form freestyle cutting. Understanding the way hair falls the angles required to create shape, weight distribution movement texture all things to learn and consider techniques to challenge your self with. The above Diagram shows the different angles the sections remembering you cannot cut a strait line on a curved suface!

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.

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 i have a jade crystal razor 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!

I have posted this article with pictures this can also be found

via my web page below. you can also find a

link for the Claws razor on this blog

http://www.back2myroots.co.uk/

Mike B2MR

 

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Hair cut make over shape form texture


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR regular postings of fresh new topic’s:

A place to share thoughts review hair colour and products

An account of a real make over

sharing cutting techniques
Discussing shape and form

 

The hair Cut, a hair creation, a style, a look, a fashion setting trend, a statement of individuality.

So if all of these are the case why as stylist do we in so many cases stick in so many cases to cutting the same look on everyone with any thought to some very basic points, or stick to the safe options on the styles we can create!

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Will is suite this Client? Do they have the right hair type and features? Can they carry it off?

As stylists we owe it to both ourselves and our customers Clients to advise in an honest way on what might work be suitable look good, If we don’t do this are we really doing our job to it’s fullest are we being real professional are we being honest?

In  need of a make over
ready for a make over the next day she gave birth!

I ask these questions of my self constantly do you? we live in a society that for the most part is very accepting and tolerant of most things, People come in all shapes sizes have different needs desires aspirations all good but we as hair stylist have to take a lead and advise honestly what looks good what will not work.

 

When thinking about shape texture a look should we not consider the type of hair fine, thick, curly, growth patters at the nape of the neck to the hair line will that fringe {Bang }work for this client and her life style? If i cut this harsh blunt line at the nape will the hair lie the way i want it to? or will it always look lop sided? will that fringe work can i over layer ? yes you can should i add texture? questions to ask your self!

Should i cut a harsh line maybe it should be softer! why do you see so many men with lop sided cuts?

answer no account was taken for the way the hair grows! just because you combed it flat against his neck cut a perfect strait line does not mean it will lie this way!

At this juncture you may be laughing or thinking this is not me maybe not if so great you are one of the few,.

anything is possible
well quite the change

I think the fault with these issues lies in training or lack their of! to little time spent on the basic points key to understanding how to build and create a great cut!

 

Shape  for Example:

when will we stop re vamping the Bob with the chewed up wings the spaniel look! every look has it day but this one is done and oh so dusted, half the women wearing it should not be! In some cases the lines created are just wrong a heavy women with a thick set does not need a strong blunt line emphasising no neck round shoulders. Think about this really fine hair textured within an inch of its life for that shattered edgy look around the chin will it does it work?

The same can be said for cutting this shape into wavy curly hair the line will not hold in the nape area and the length left again around the chin line will curl up looking like to Brillo pads, yes it looks great when she leaves the salon you have hot ironed it with an inch of it’s life, guess what it’s raining it’s Grey it’s damp what it’s going to look like?

We need to consider these things as professional is a bad look a good representation of out skill and ability will it get us recommendation will it get us client retention?

It’s all about honest it’s all about that consultation it’s all about your standard your skill your passion your ability.

the rewards of a make over
closer look razor cut make over

So my question is Can you be honest does any of this apply to you!

 

We are none of us perfect but we have to question our choices, we have to raise the bar we have to have skill, passion and a real desire to make a difference!

DO YOU!

These shots are of a young Mum to be, she was heavily pregnant hated how she looked and felt. She came into the salon I was working at her words were. I have been to three salons today I want all my hair off  a total change. No one will do it they look at me like a crazy pregnant women.  I smiled said i will.

she said really. AS you can see the rest is history! next day she gave birth . She called me three days later to thank me.

To share, to seek new knowledge, skills and techniques to share experience is to grow!

Mike B2MR

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Hair the Art of the Up/do French pleat plus:




Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR regular postings of fresh new topic’s http://www.back2myroots.co.uk/

sharing up/do's

When I first started in the hair industry the thought of putting hair up. Being asked to do some hair for a graduation or wedding totally freaked me out.

The reason for this was fear! fear of screwing up fear of not knowing what i was doing fear of looking an idiot.

I muddled my way through doing wedding hair but never feeling very confident it was not fun!

That was the way until I met and worked with a wonderful man and now dear friend.

Mr Jon Paul Holt owner of Avant-Garde artistic Studio Vancouver Canada winner of so many awards and accolades. I was fortunate enough to be a member of his Artistic team and learned so much from him. As he challenged me to work with him on photo shoots and stage shows.

talented friends

http://www.avantgardehair.com/

Jon paul taught me to enjoy playing with hair learn from handling it trying to create a look.

As a medium you can create so many styles and shapes.

My dear friends from Vancouver  fab hair stylists Jon paul Holt,

Ted Mc Kinnon outside Avant-garde Yale town Vancouver Canada.

Ted a master of the up/do and wedding hair.

Consultation with a client to establish the look, does it need to be a conventional look for a wedding or graduation. One must have a clear idea of what the client wants, but it’s also so important to have a vision in your mind practice is key.

classic evening look

up/do with texture

This series to the left and right were for a graduation a classic look pre coloured low lighted hair using a high lift Blonde on a natural level 4 base.

The low lights compliment the look by giving it texture and showing off the shape.

Building a shape likes this takes a little practice and patients but it’s well worth it.

note: Using a high lift Blonde on dark hair will always give a very natural low light as it will only lift max of 4 levels depending on developer used. One should consider the pigment base of the Highlift shade ie ash beige violet ect!

fun with a little edge

up/do with a little edge

A Slightly more Avantgarde look using

a few coloured hair  pieces.

Also using a medium to Sculpture a look to Create a hat look.

Slightly edgy but would work well for wedding or Graduation on some one with the confidence to carry it off.

Never force someone to wear a look that they are not comfortable with!

The key is practice and communication knowing that one has to play and get a feel for the hair the way it moves the shapes it wants to form . Always consider the clients needs and expectations if it’s for a wedding or social event in-fact anything you are being paid for.  If it’s a model for your own design collect, be it. A shoot. A show or competition then, they should be made fully aware of what they are getting into what is expected from them. some times a model waiver is a good idea.

When playing their is no such thing as failure it’s more a case of taking a journey of discovery a firm foundation to build from.

As stated hair colour can also play a key roll to show off a look give it texture and dimension.

foundation to build from

playing to get a look

By playing and practice you can find the look that works with the hair and suites your client soft and low high with softness so much choice.

Have the confidence to step out side your comfort zone but don’t be made to feel uncomfortable when working with a client for a big event or occasion if their is a difference of opinion of a personality clash my advise would be suggest that you part agreeing to differ if is to short and weddings and big formal events expectation run high who needs that stress!

classic evening look

classic elegance

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casual up/do

natural and loose

Unless they are modeling for you for a show or photo Shoot then well it’s your call. enjoy have fun challenge your self.

wedding day so special

formal wedding

 

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Long hair Up/do French pleat


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR regular postings of fresh new topic’s

It is my goal to create a platform that over time will become a place to share thoughts review hair colour and products.

time to share some tips

Having wonderful Long hair can some time be a curse, what to do with it how to style it so much maintenance washing conditioning and yet it can and indeed is the envy of others. Below some examples the model with the Blonde hair has a length of hair that is down to her waist, you will see that know matter how long it can still be fun.

So Embrace those wonderful long tresses they are the ultimate expression of femininity. Women with long hair have the possibility to create unique and fabulous hair styles with practice some imagination and patients of course you can create virtually any look from sophisticated evening looks to edgy funky looks no restrictions when it comes to styling. If you are unsure about how to start  maybe get a few basic tip tricks from a stylist, one who enjoys putting hair up and enjoys sharing. It really takes sitting in front of a mirror and playing once you have an understand of basic looks and styles you will definitely be creating inspirational looks that are unique and your own person design looking fabulous every time.

three french pleats together

Long hair can be used  to create your own personal look identity  it becomes part of you part of who you are as important as the right clothes and accessories and extension of both. Sexy romantic edgy soft or slightly harsh it all works it can look gentle soft feminine it can look intimidating  give you that air of authority, long hairstyles can be a tool of seduction and mystery. Due to the modern styling techniques  and the many tools and accessories  available to woman it’s easy to find and create a style that works that you own!

To be able to emphasize your natural beauty trying a variety of hairstyles is highly recommended   because in this way we will be able to discover  what styles flatter you the most,  and work with both your dress sense and makeup allowing you to feel self confident and comfortable with your appearance.

building a foundation

A few basic hair styling skills can literally do miracles by allowing you to completely transform your style.

Loose hairstyles can also be the perfect compliment and  alternative to a full on up do for those who don’t have time on their side and prefer hairstyles that look polished but with a natural softness without a great deal of effort. Loose wavy wavy hairstyles are a highly popular choice among women due to the wonders of modern styling tools and the simplicity of creating curls and volume that can with the right products last for hours  it’s amazing how quickly one have have both volume and texture  to enhance the natural look of the hair in a matter of seconds.

A few loose curls can instantly revive a lifeless flat hairstyle by creating the impression of movement and volume highlighting both the texture and shape of  hairstyle better than by using hair styling products extensively.

Sleek straight hairstyles can provide an incredibly professional and yet modern look slightly seductive  with a hint of mystery The particular look will help emphasize the facial features so you can really play with that eye makeup it has amazing face-framing abilities a scan a sleek pulled back up do . With the help of a good  quality flat iron, a thermal protection spray and a hairspray anyone can create perfectly straight hair in a matter of minutes. Despite the apparent simplicity of this  hairstyle, it can still be the  hairstyle that is suitable for a wide variety of events.

playing with shape form texture

If you like classic beauty that Breakfast at Tiffany look then updo hair styles would probably be the best choice for you. A simple classy chignon or a more complicated up do will give you the sophistication you look for. Top knots and ballerina buns are very vogue and so easy to do a tight pony tail tern wrap the hair around the the tail creating a bun for a polished look cover with fine net!

A total classic the beehive updo is another excellent choice especially for formal events when looking polished is an essential requirement.

soft elegant feminine

On the other hand, for informal occasions you might choose to emphasize your playful naughty side  by bending the rules going for a more up do messy hairstyles. Nowadays social acceptable it’s an effortless look  that is highly valued being endorsed by several celebrities who chose to make entrance on the red carpet wearing cute messy buns.

playing with a pleat

Half up/down hairstyles are a perfect  meeting of glamor and edgy softness conformity it’s an updo that affords the liberty of movement that a loose hairstyle generously offers. Suitable for all face shapes, half up/down hairstyles allow you to create a slightly Avantgarde look depending on the styling options you use.

classic formal up/do

elegant wedding look

Half/up down hairstyles are low maintenance and so practical because a little care and attention at the off set of styling, you won’t have to worry about the about needing to refresh you hair style and carrying a few essential hair products with you will ensure that your hair remains perfect for the entire day.

So take the plunge experiment have some fun create that look that is so you!

Mike B2MR

 

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Razor hair cutting a world of style and texture


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Razor hair cutting tools and skill

This started out as a razor cutting blog. Exciting and easy for me as razor cutting is my passion second only to hair colouring.

So it’s my hope you enjoy this and it pushes those buttons to get you wanting to explore the world of razor techniques.

The various techniques the creative texture can that can be created. Soft looks with  unlimited movement and no demarcation lines. It has been over 15years since I last  cut hair with scissors.

This has been a wonderful journey for me into understanding how hair falls. How to create shape and form. working with clients in this time i have not had a single client request from a client to go back to using scissors. Or any complaints about the shape look or way it has grown out. why is this? I hope this article explains all.


So down to Business

cut throat razor

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:

shape weight distribution:

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.

 

Hand drawn the angles i process when building shape:


 

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.

With the sketch on the right i’m trying to show the curve plains on the head the curves directly impact the angles and so the weight distribution and shape we create,

These angles have to be considered and understood to be able to do frees style hair cutting:

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!

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

The claw’s

and i gave her an amazing Scissor hair cut memories}

To this day I still get that buzz when it

just works!

So 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 and how hair falls moves and swings.


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.

Me working with the claw’s on a model:

{LEFT 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.

their 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 favorite 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 right razor for the job:

It has to be a feather style 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 thought 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.

Crystal blade razor:glass blade

{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 a razor to the right 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!

A great place to find razors shears and interact with on their face book page committed to professional tools for professional stylists:


I have a group page for thoughts and discussions leave comments. or join follow this blog here.

Exploring techniques with a razor will open up a hole new world of creativity:

If you need would like help encouragement group or individual instruction I’m sure i could help you reach a new level of expertise.

Mike B2MR

http://www.back2myroots.co.uk/

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