Texturing is a way to remove bulk from the hair and give it more dimension. For instance, a pixie cut or a bob with no texture would look very plain—but add some texture, and you’ve got a chic new style.
Even longer styles benefit from texture. Long hair that is all one length has no interest or movement, but add some textured layers, and you’ve transformed the entire style.
There are several different texturing techniques I perfect, mostly using a razor as they create completely different looks. A few of the most popular texturing techniques include:
One method of texturing is known as internal cutting. Through internal cutting, you can either use chipping or weaving to remove segments of hair and add texture to the cut.
Chipping involves shortening segments of hair freehand, while weaving uses a tail comb to separate the hair and trim the hair in a specific place.
If you are more interested in modern texture, the chipping method is great, but the weaving method allows more control, so the finished texture will be smoother.
I also use thinning shears when performing internal cutting—when using thinning shears, my snips won’t take all of the hair, but only a percentage of it. Thinning is a great method for clients with thick, heavy hair who want to lighten their style. Curly hair can also be thinned to make it more manageable.
Smooth cutting is another way to thin the hair—I run a blade along a hair strand to thin it out and only leave a portion of the hair remaining. I can use a razor to perform smooth cutting or use a slithering technique, which uses one blade of a pair of scissors and requires a very steady hand.
Point cutting involves holding the ends of the hair between my fingers and cutting inward into the hair. I can do notching, which involves cutting spikes in the end of the hair, or simply snip several times into the strand to give it extra texture.
Another technique, known as chipping or slicing, involves point cutting at an angle.
Twist cutting adds texture by twisting certain strands and then cutting them in the middle of the strand, so the texture is not even all over the head. Twist cutting results in a very modern look and works especially well as longer hair.
I am known as a razor stylist. Razor cuts are good for people who get their hair cut often, or who have short hair. If you are the -I get my haircut three times a year if that- person, Id say skip the razor cut. Unless i'm using it on your fringe (bangs) or front angles. Some of my short haired clients who I use a razor on say they go much longer between cuts because it grows out so nicely. So it is also very much a matter of preference.
Blending shears are specifically designed to help create texture and even layers. They have teeth on one blade and a sheer blade on the other, so that when you snip a section of hair, it won’t take off the entire section.
Chunking shears are similar to blending/thinning shears and are designed for texturing hair, but take off more hair than traditional thinning shears. They’re especially helpful for texturing curly hair or very thick hair.
Finishing shears are meant to make a final pass over the hair after creating texture with either thinning shears, a razor, or chunking shears. Because they have more teeth, they take off a minimal amount of hair and can just be used to clean up and even out the texture that you’ve already created.