How to Do a Razor Hair Cut

Shannon Boyce

Learning how to razor cut your hair is a major feat! It's not recommended for those with little hair cutting experience because of the skill and technique required. However, the end result can leave you with a bold, unforgettable style. To create this look on your own, follow this step-by-step guide.

How to Do a Razor Hair Cut Yourself

Want to know how you can razor cut your own hair? One word: cautiously! You should start with your bangs rather than your whole head, at least while you're learning. Bangs are easy to see and are far more manageable when you're embarking on a DIY path. Once you feel confident in your skills, you will be ready to do a full cut using the razor technique.

A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Divide hair into even sections. Part it vertically down the middle and horizontally about halfway down the back of the head. Pin up the top two halves and leave the bottom section free. This is where you'll start razoring.
  2. Hold the razor lightly. (Razor combs are recommended over straight razors, for ease of use and safety. If you do choose a traditional razor, make sure it is sharp and clean to prevent damage.) Before you begin to cut, remember that less is more. You can always go back and remove more hair, so work slowly to achieve the desired effect.
  3. Use a fine-toothed comb to pull up the hair at a 45-degree angle and slide the razor in short, choppy motions (also at a 45-degree angle) down the ends of the hair. Move your comb and fingers as you work your way down to the tips.
    razor cutting at 45 degree angle
  4. Continue through the back of the head. If you have short hair, you can layer pieces at the top of the head as long as they're covered by more, unrazored hair. Do this to increase volume at the crown.
    short hair razor cut
  5. Repeat the same steps on the sides and the bangs. For the best results, go lightly and don't texturize all of the hair - only pieces - until it looks like what you had in mind.

Razor Cut Video Tutorials

Pictures and videos often speak louder than words. So, you may want to watch a video of razor cuts before you begin. This will give you a better understanding of the technique you'll be using.

The video "Razor Cut Bob" is an excellent resource if you are looking to create your own version of this on trend hairstyle.

Alternatively, this YouTube video from Sam Villa Hairstyle Tutorials gives you an in-depth look at adding texture. They also have a Razor Hair Cutting Tutorials playlist for more specific styles!

Understanding the Basics of a Razor Cut

Instead of blunt ends, the razor cut leaves you with an angled finish. The main difference between using a razor and a traditional pair of scissors, is a tapered end as opposed to a chunkier look. Razors add more swing and movement to the length.

  • When you razor cut your hair, you will likely notice an odd sensation. You can actually "feel" the haircut. It's not painful, of course, but the razor slides across the hair shafts. That causes a slight tugging accompanied by a slicing sound.
  • The best hair for razor cuts: short, thick, and straight. You'll get a flirty, flippy look rather than a limp-locked style. This is also an ideal cut for bangs as it prevents them from looking weighed down. People with curly and wavy hair can benefit from this haircut as well, as it thins the hair, making it easier to manage natural texture.
    Lovely hair

Hair Types That Benefit from Razor Cuts

  • Thicker hair handles this technique well, since it removes bulk. Not only will you have a gorgeous haircut with tons of movement, but it'll feel much lighter. That is definitely a bonus during the warmer summer months. No wonder the soft, razored lob made Refinery29's list of "L.A.'s Coolest Haircuts To Copy, Stat!"
  • Straight hair can also benefit from a razor cut. It tends to appear polished and interesting rather than boring, like it can with a traditional blunt cut. As long as you're not someone's hair experiment, it will look great post-cut.
  • This technique works with any hair length. However, if you have long hair, avoid doing a razor cut all over. Add it in here and there for texture. Otherwise, even the thickest, straightest hair will look scraggly and unkempt. Think of the razor cut as a belt or a pair of earrings: it is part of the look but not the actual ensemble.

If your hair is fine, a razor cut may not be your best choice. It tends to make thin or fine hair look droopy - and even frizzy in the case of wavy and curly strands. (To combat the latter, add something like the TRESemmé Flawless Curls Conditioner, about $4, to your hair care routine.) Long layers are a better option for fine textures or frizzy locks.

Beautiful hair

If You're Intimidated

If you are hesitant to do a razor cut by yourself, don't worry. You can always put your trust in a trained and certified professional. They know how to create a flattering style with lots of movement. On the other hand, if you do decide to cut your own hair, remember: practise makes perfect!

How to Do a Razor Hair Cut