One thing I can say for sure is I texturize at least one client a day. I work with all textures and ethnicities. This has helped me to create success in my career by doing what I love and working with multiple hair textures and types. What made me write this post was a conversation I had with a couple of clients who were either recovering from hair crisis or who simply needed a cut.
The clients I spoke to had very different, but similar stories. One client was going to her previous Hair Stylists for about 6 months. She started to notice a change in her hair and was very upset. She said since her Stylist had been texturizing her hair, her hair has become thin, has lots of split ends and has completely broken off. This client said her Hair Stylist used texturizing shears on her hair during every visit. This client has type 4 hair.
The other client has type 3 hair and came in for a haircut. When I’m having a conversation with my client I like to know numerous facts about them so I can offer the best results for their hair. We talked about her hair and what she would like. She needed a trim of about 2 inches. What made me think about her cut differently was this. She said she always wears her hair naturally curly. She usually would do two-strand twists or braids, because her hair lacks shape. She never just let it flow because there was too much weight throughout the midshaft (middle) of her hair. She also said every Stylist that has cut her hair before me would straighten her hair before cutting it. She also stated that she denied a haircutting service because the Hair Stylist was about to texturize her hair with texturizing shears.
So after listening to my client, I was able to discuss everything with her in detail. I explained my expertise with haircutting. I’ve been cutting hair for over 9 years and have worked with just about every hair texture on the planet multiple times. I also explained to her the importance of investing in a Stylist who is very diverse with their skills. For instance, I cut a client’s hair based on the condition of the hair. So I cut on dry hair for specific reasons and wet hair for a whole different set of reasons. I cut bone straight to tight shrinkage coily hair using the required amount of tension and elevation to achieve the look we’re going for. I can start cutting hair wet but will complete the cut after it is dry to perfect the style. There are so many ways to cut hair professionally. There isn’t a one size fits all approach when it comes to cutting hair. The previous Stylist who tried to cut her hair before I did was probably noticing the heaviness throughout the middle of her hair. This is probably why she suggested texturizing her hair with the shears. I explained to my client that she made the perfect decision to not get her hair texturized. It would’ve caused serious damage to her hair because she didn’t need her hair texturized. To make a long story short, We added long layers throughout her hair. I cut her hair wet and in its naturally curly state. Now she can wear her hair down without twists or braids because those layers created great shape for her hair.
Now from these two stories, you may be wondering…
What is texturizing and what does it do to the hair?
In simpler words, texturizing is a technique used to make the hair more manageable. This can be used on a client with high density (many hairs in a section or really thick hair). If someone has high density in their hair a Master Stylist can take the bulkiness out by using different techniques to texturize the hair. This makes the hair lay closer to the head, releases weight from the hair and can also create a more symmetrical look. When I say weight, have you ever wore braids or hair extensions that were so heavy on your head and caused pain in your neck? This is how it feels to someone who has really heavy hair. Texturizing with shears and razors are usually performed on clients with straight to wavy hair.
Is it okay to use these methods on type 3 and type 4 hair?
One thing to understand about these hair types is the hair is already textured. The hair normally falls in place the way it’s supposed to naturally. The only time there should be changes made is when the hair has high density or the style desired requires additional texturizing. For instance, an edgy pixie cut or bob may need extra texture. Like I mentioned in the second story with my client. She needed layers to compliment her hair cut. An inexperienced Stylist would suggest texturizing when it’s completely not necessary.
Should I get my hair texturized?
I don’t recommend getting hair texturized unless it falls in all of these categories:
It’s straight or wavy
Has cowlick or whorls
It is extremely heavy
It’s too thick to put into a ponytail
You’ll like a super cute edgy pixie cut or bob.
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Key Note here…
Texturizing shears and razors are not the enemy here. I personally love them! They have made my life so much better with so many cuts! It’s about knowing when these tools should be used. Every tool is best for the person who needs to use that tool.
Have questions? Start a conversation in the comments on this post! Until next time 🙂