Ask An Expert: Can Thinning Scissors And Razors Damage My Hair?
Question: Hi Jason, I really don't like it when my hairdresser uses a razor or thinning scissors on my hair. Why does it make my hair so fuzzy? Can this be damaging? Thanks for the help and love the hair advice column! --Vanessa
Jason Lee's answer: Using a razor or thinning shears on a client should be done with great care, experience and a well-thought-out plan on the hairdresser's behalf. Unfortunately, not every stylist out there understands the damage that can be done when using tools like these. Let's first break it down for those of you who may not have ever experienced the possible thrash of a razor or texturizing shears against your innocent and unassuming hair.
Some hairdressers out there will use a razor to cut hair instead of or in addition to using scissors because it can create a very soft and light appearance to the client's hair. If done correctly, the haircut can be phenomenal for the individual and in fact, many of the top hairstylists use razors to cut their clients' hair with great success. If you have a very experienced stylist who knows your hair, most likely they know how to use a razor and there is nothing to be afraid of because prior to cutting, the stylist will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the razoring technique. Generally speaking, it's the hair types that are very curly, dry, thin or frizzy where the hair can end up looking frizzier or fuzzier after the use of a razor because it can almost shred the hair which causes even more fuzz! In these cases, using a razor on your hair can be similar to using one on a silk blouse. So I would suggest that you don't do it!
There is also the thinning or texturizing scissor. This tool is mainly used for taking bulk out of hair, however it also helps with creating detail to soften the hairstyle. Thinning scissors or shears don't create as much havoc as a razor can, however an inexperienced stylist can still do damage if not used properly. In this case, people with wavy or curly hair can use texturizing shears, however your natural wave pattern will be altered. This disruption of your wave pattern may be exactly what your stylist is aiming for, but good or bad, you should know that your curl will be changed on some level.
Razoring, thinning or texturizing are all techniques used in hairstyling to achieve the style that you and your hairdresser are hopefully trying to achieve together. My advice to you is never allow a stylist to go into your hair with any of these tools until you feel completely comfortable with their abilities. Also, you should never feel badly asking a stylist what the tools are and ensure that they are truly confident when explaining to you why they've chosen these specific tools to work with. Remember, it's your hair and the last thing you'll want to do is grow out overly texturized hair for the next year. Don't be afraid to politely say "No Thank You" to an inexperienced or overly confident stylist before they go razor-happy on you if you know it's not the right thing for you. xoxo
Written by Jason Lee, winner of Superstyle Hair Challenge, season one.