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.

TOOLS:

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.

SECTIONING:

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.

DIRECTION:

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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