New Direction: The CutCut: Nick Arrojo
Color: James Edick
Styling: Shawnee Seeley
Photography: Roberto Ligresti
Make-up: David Maderich for MAC Cosmetics
Fashion styling: Beagy Zielinski

In the 1990s, Nick Arrojo hair cuts became synonymous with razor cuts, as his loyalty to the tool has created countless cool, sexy, low maintenance hair styles on TV, on stage at industry trade shows and in his New York City salon. Now, he uses the razor to teach Arrojo cosmetology students the skills that propelled him to international fame in the professional beauty industry.

Here, Arrojo uses the razor to remove bulk and create an asymmetric shape, working closely with master colorist James Edick to “go from uninteresting to really quite modern,” he says. “In a case like this, the consultation with all artists is vital.”

To create an asymmetric color finish, Edick had to know which would be the heavier side before coloring. After discussing with Arrojo, Edick lightened the color with multiple shades of highlights placed on a dark base, which he calls the 2013 Tri Color Block.

“We are pushing clients away from traditional ombre,” Edick says. “Asymmetry is key and all stems from an off-center football-shaped section placed internally.”

For Arrojo, the razor was the perfect tool to accent the color design and create a fresh shape with disconnection. “The goal is to keep each side different and remove bulk while maintaining length. “When using a razor respect the hair. Make sure the blade is sharp,” Arrojo says, who changes his blade every two hair cuts. “It’s also important to make sure hair is very wet to get a better glide.”




New Direction: The Color