How to Use a Feather Razor/Shear on Hair

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How to Use a Feather Razor/Shear on Hair
Razor cutting can give your hair a wispy, delicate look. (hair image by from

Feathering hair with a feather razor or shear can add texture to a layered haircut, take the weight out of thick or heavy hair, and soften the angles of your fringe. This technique is also known as razor cutting. Feathering can look great on haircuts of all lengths, although it is very difficult to feather hair that is less than an inch long. If your hair cut is already dramatically layered, feathering can help soften and accentuate those layers without making them significantly shorter.

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Things you need

  • Feather razor or shear
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Towel
  • Fine-toothed comb

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  1. 1

    Wash and condition your hair. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to remove excess soap and conditioner.

  2. 2

    Gently towel dry your hair and comb it using a fine toothed comb.

  3. 3

    Using your comb, remove a small section of hair that you’d like to feather.

  4. 4

    Gently hold your hair between the blade and your index finger. Be sure to place your finger towards the back of the blade and away from the sharp end.

  5. 5

    Adjust the height of the blade to match the length you would like to feather. If you would like to feather only a small amount, hold the blade an inch above the ends of your hair. If you would like a more dramatic feathered look, hold the blade farther from the ends of your hair.

  6. 6

    Gently slide the blade downwards along your hair at a 90-degree angle, using a quick, jerky motion. Repeat if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Feather razors are extremely sharp. Use caution when feathering your hair, and be sure to direct the razor away from your face, ears and fingers.

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