Now, before I go any further, let me say that some of the hair industry's top hairstylists (some of them being my favs, whom I absolutely adore and have learned from) are in the school of ANY hair texture can be cut with the razor. The thought goes - yes, any hair can be cut with a razor, you just have to use the right products and styling techniques to make it work. That's fine and I respect that opinion. But, I personally do not agree with that.
I, for one, have thick, wavy and very coarse hair. If you just LOOK at it, it will get frizzy! lol! I also like straight, smooth and textured hairstyles. Almost every hairstylist who cuts my hair wants to immediately take a razor to it! I have gone with a razor cut a few times and while it looks kinda cool, I almost always regret it. It makes my hair twice as coarse, frizzy and hard to manage. When I'm lying down, it makes my hair feel like a brillo pad and is quite scratchy. It's to the point now that I no longer allow a razor to touch my head and I'm so much happier about it!
When a client comes in to see us, one of the first things I do during our initial consultation is analyze the hair's texture. If I see a coarseness to the hair, or unruly wave , I most likely will not razor cut that hair. Fine hair is not a great candidate for razor cutting, either, although I will put some finishing details in with the razor. To me, the ideal hair texture for razor cutting is straight, smooth hair. This type of hair is usually a dream to cut with a razor and shows off texture really well. Some types of curly hair work great with a razor; ringlet curls and curls with a smooth texture, which will be air dried or diffused a little. When you have coarse, curly, wavy hair, you are already dealing with a "rougher" hair cuticle and razoring it will only accentuate that more. Because there is more frizz, it takes more work to make it look great. I might use my hair cutting shears and slide cut that type of hair, but I would not pick up the razor. Products are also very important. If you have a cool razor cut, you want to bring out that texture with some hair paste. One of my favs is TIGI BEDHEAD - HARD TO GET Paste. It gives great separation without being to heavy and actually adds some shine.
Get to know your hair texture - you probably already DO know what type you have. Then ask yourself, is a razor cut right for me? If you don't know, ask your hair stylist. A good one will evaluate your hair and let you know your options. Remember, it all begins with a good and thorough consultation. There are many different avenues you can take to arrive at your "hair destination!" It's up to your hairstylist to figure out how to get you to where you want to go.