Razor verses Scissors


Hi there my Friends,  As many of you know I host many of my private  workshops  in my HairDesignerTV  studio.  With such a small group 5 to 6 stylists, I am able to step back from demonstration of technique and truly observe stylist body position, how they use their tools, how they use their mirror.  How close is the stylist to their work? Do the stylists take clean sections?  How often is the cut cross checked? Does the stylist do two hair cuts on one person instead of one hair cut?  Do you relate to any of these points?

2sirwithlove_10This hairstyle from my collection To Sir with Love.  this cut is 80% razor cut.

Do you over detail?  Detailing a hair style has become a big trend, (something I rarely do, as I design as I cut.)  Often stylists cut in a basic shape and blow-dry. Then they texture and detail, going through the entire head again and again and you got it AGAIN!!!  So while the final result is lovely, is there a more efficient way of working? And you got it the answer is yes!


While the style below is 80% scissors with only 20% razor

You see if you end up doing two hair cuts on each client, at the end of the day with 8 appointments you potentially did 16 cuts but got paid for 8!!  VERY INTERESTING!  Time is money, so I challenge you to think about hair styles that look great chunky and hair styles that look soft and whispy, cut and select your tools with the end in mind, as each has a very different approach.  Remember I am very classically trained so I am all about strong technique to get the result not fiddling and fussing.  Got it?  PS it is so much more efficient.

Should you truly want to increase your skill set, then I invite you to join me on line HairDesignerTV.com and take my razor course and learn the 7 methods of razor cutting, Or join me next year at one of my workshops. I hope you enjoy this short video, designed to make you think about the choices you make, scissor verses razor, cut the texture from the beginning and don’t do two haircuts on one head.  “Work smarter and not harder my friends”.


The Blonde is 100% Razor cut.

Photo credits
Make up: David Maderich
Fashion styling: montgomery frasier Photography: Julia Pogodina Hair by: Vivienne Mackinder


Best Wishes Vivienne Mackinder Founder Of HairDesignerTV.com

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  1. Vivienne, you are on the money again..I always wonder why go over the same cut 2,3 and 4 times when you were there the first time..Do it at the beginning and then see and build on the construction..Thank you , David Cohen


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