3 Tips for Texturizing Hair: Tools, Sectioning and Technique

By Lauren Salapatek | 12/16/2013 12:08:00 PM


click image to zoomSam Villa Signature Shears Refresh your texturizing techniques with advice from Andrew Carruthers, director of education for Sam Villa. Here, he breaks down texturizing into three areas—tools, sectioning and technique. According to Carruthers, the approach to each of these areas directly impacts the type of texture created and weight distribution within the haircut.


Short shears, long shears, blending shears and razors—they all have a purpose when it comes to texturizing hair. While Sam Villa Signature Series 5.75” are great for more shallow texture and the 7” Dry Cutting Shear has the ability to be much more aggressive, both deliver a straighter line than the Sam Villa Signature Series Blending Shear or Razor. Use the tool that will most efficiently achieve the desired result.


Vertical, horizontal and diagonal sectioning all deliver different results. Vertical sections are excellent for reducing weight and creating a softer texture; horizontal sections typically leave more weight and more defined visual texture; and diagonal sections deliver results that are in-between the two and shift the weight balance in the direction the section is taken. Meaning, a diagonal back section will naturally shift the weight away from the face and the opposite goes for a diagonal forward section.


Cutting from the outside in (towards the head) with techniques such as point cutting, the focus is more on the ends and the overall length of the cut is reduced. When using techniques like slicing that cut from the inside out (moving away from the head), more weight is taken out of the interior of the cut and overall length is not reduced as much.

HOT TIP: Know when to say when with texturizing! Too much texture can easily destroy a shape and is not easily fixed. Approach texturizing with the same mindful intent that the entire haircut is approached with and be blown away by how quickly and effectively results can be achieved!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for modernsalon.com, salontoday.com and firstchair.com. As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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