There are so many tools that a stylist can use during a haircut. Some may be a little frightening, like a straight razor, while others may look as plain as a pair of scissors. But really, the talent of the stylist mixed with the proper tools makes a huge difference in the success of your haircut. I'm going to show you three of the most common tools used in a haircut, and show you the effect they leave on straight hair.
The hair I'm using is a human hair extension. It's not quite as forgiving as hair on a head, but it will show you the basic cuts that it leaves on the hair. Keep in mind that curly, thick, coarse, fine or any other texture may show a different result!
I love cutting with shears. I do a lot of blunt cuts around the perimeter of the hair, and use a point-cutting (cutting small triangles into the ends) technique to add layering and lightness around the face.
Texturizing shears remove bulk at the ends, or through the length of the hair. They can soften lines left from blunt cuts (especially in blondes), and soften layering to help it blend. I use these quite a bit in the salon to add lightness and volume without removing too much hair.
Razors are great for adding really soft edges or ends to a haircut. Women with baby fine hair may like having their hair cut with a razor since it won't ever leave a blunt edge. Razors also a great for adding a little choppiness into your 'do!
Don't hesitate to ask your stylist about the tools he or she uses, but do trust that they know what they are doing! And there is also a good chance they use a tool that I haven't mentioned--but now you know the three most basic tools and what they are used for.