Can You Pull Off One of These Cute Razor Cut Hair Ideas?

trendy razor cut hair ideas

A razor cut hair is a women’s haircut created using a straight-edge razor blade, typically resulting in wispy strands. Because the strands are thinned to the tips, more texture and structure are what you’ll get instantly!

Coming back from the ’70s and setting the trend for months now, the razor cut technique brings a long list of extremely stylish looks with defined finishes. Some of those top looks are donned by A-listers Morena Baccarin, Emilia Clarke, Rihanna, Vanessa Hudgens, both in and out of the set!

Ultimate for dense and thick-haired gals, tapering the hair works to create solid but soft tips that can bring out waves and curls more. Insta-famous shag expert Chrissy Collins does razor cuts on medium to long manes, creating impeccable volume and waves for her clients!

A cool advantage of having wispy hair is that you’ll own so much volume without all the weight, making your mane easier and less hassle to style in the morning. That’s why the crowds are saying yes to this low-maintenance, soft hairstyle!

Check out this updated gallery of modern versions of razor cut hair!

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Medium Length Hair

razor cut for medium length hair
Instagram @heather.ohanasalonco

Your hair cut just over your shoulder gives an exuberant bounce to your silky hair. An asymmetric style offers a lot of attitude and body that makes you look years younger.

Layered Cut

Razor cut layered hair
Instagram @hair_by_mollypiller

A different approach to your regular layered cut, the highlights make the razor cut ends stand out more. A neat strategy to a shaggy cut, this one’s chic to the core but still for that professional lady.

Razor Cut Bob

razor cut bob
Instagram @little_miss_ds_creations

Great for thick hair, having a more feathered razor cut minimizes the unruliness and makes everything well-kept. The waves add texture and shape that makes this bob one of its kind.

For Curly Hair

razor cut for curly hair
Instagram @luminemariah

Here’s a razor cut for curly hair if you want to thin your hair towards the ends. What a great way to tame those curls to just their right kink.

Long Straight Hair

Getting all the feathered look for your long, silky locks is a great way to add attitude and texture to your look. Layers and bangs also contribute to giving a dynamic version of your razor cut long straight hair.

Q&A with style creator, Heather Chafe
Hair Stylist @ Maribou Spa and Salon in Folsom, CA

How would you describe this look?

A razor cut is perfect for long hair lovers that are ready to step away from basic long layers. There is such an airy flow throughout the hair that feels organic and lived-in with this cut. Weight is removed from within the layers to encourage more movement. When done properly, the razor is a good option for any hair type.

For this look, I especially love how the fringe gives a vibe reminiscent of the shag. Wearing a fringe/bang is a fun way to change up a style without compromising length. To achieve these Bridgette Bardot style bangs, avoid a hard part. If you have a strong part, it’s helpful to add a dab of gel or a product with a hold on the parting line before blow-drying. Direct the hair down and forward until fully dried. Pinch the base at the natural part line to keep the fridge from falling flat and from splitting. Finish with hairspray.

Any advice for someone considering it?

A smooth, polished finish requires shine, moisture, and frizz control. For all of that and more, I love Eufora’s Beautifying Serum. It’s perfect for any type of hair and feels lovely. Be sure always to use a heat protectant when using hot tools. With Melu Hair Sheild by Davines, you will get protection against heat up to 450 degrees. It is easily applied wet or dry. Depending on your hair type, you may want to add a smoothing cream or volume booster to your regimen as well.

If a laid back look is more your style, a sea salt spray is a great option to enhance texture and build volume. Apply to wet or dry hair. Bumble and Bumble’s Surf line offers multiple options for various hair types. Spray throughout and gently mold the shape in the direction you’d like. Air dry or diffuse.

Lob with Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Hayley Logan Hair
Hair Stylist @ Daybreak Salon and Spa in Wyandotte, MI

How would you describe this look?

This look is an effortless, tousled shag. Annie has beautiful eyes, and they are now the focal point of the cut. This look is super commercial and easy to style, as the razor works with her natural, minimal wave pattern. My favorite thing about it is that her inconsistent wave pattern works with the cut, not against it. It’s easy, trendy, and very low maintenance!

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you’re looking for a change but don’t want to commit to going much shorter, consider something shaggy to lighten up your look. Razors can create amazing movement in the hair. The right style can really bring out your best features! Choose your favorite and make that the focal point.

A shag can be customized to each guest’s hair type and texture – it’s not a “one size fits all” cut.  One of my favorite products to pair with a shag style is Aveda’s Texture Tonic – sea salt and sugar spray that creates beachy, fun texture without weighing your hair down.

For second and third day wear, I’d consider Aveda’s Rinseless Refresh. This product is great for guests who wash their hair infrequently, as it cleanses the scalp and the hair strand, leaving the hair shiny and soft, with a little bit of texture. Bring out your beauty – consider a shag!

Razor Cut Pixie

Razor pixie cut
Instagram @hairby_teresa

Surprise everyone with a pixie undercut that has tapered ends. Maximize the layers and wear this messy look with pride!

Q&A with style creator, Teresa Watt
Hair Stylist @ Hair Mosaics in Fredericksburg, VA

How would you describe this look?

This look is an edgy punk pixie. This cut really brought me out of my comfort zone as my clientele doesn’t usually request styles like this. I think my favorite thing really was being able to step out and try something completely new. Leaving the longer sideburns on an under-shave felt risky (because it’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea), but it felt so satisfying to break the common mold!

Any advice for someone considering it?

All it takes is confidence to rock almost any look you want. This client definitely rocks it.

My second piece of advice to anyone wanting a big change (especially something as fun and cool as this) would be to remember that it’s an inspiration photo, not something to be duplicated to a “T.” Everyone’s hair texture is different, so it needs to be customized each time.

This client has incredibly thick hair, and it’s wavy in the fringe area. We used mostly all razor cutting and texturizing to get rid of weight so that she wouldn’t look like a mushroom. (Without lots of texture and product, the fluff would definitely lead to a mushroom look.)

I didn’t texturize the bangs nearly as much because I wanted to make sure it would lay down flat for her. I blew dry Brazilian Blowout Straightening Balm into her hair to minimize fluff and finished with Redken Water Wax to separate and create piecey-ness, to add some texture to the crown area, and also to lay down the front with a shiny finish.

Long Hair

long razor cut hair
Instagram @stylistnicki

To keep your long hair neat, add tapered ends to the heavy length of the hair. Waves and some light balayage add texture and dimension, making your normal long hair extravagant!

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Coil
Hair Stylist @ Blueberry Moon Salon Spa in Chicago, Il

How would you describe this look?

This look in one word – soft. My favorite aspect is the subtleness of the color dimension and the softness of the texture and layers. The highlights are only about two shades lighter than the overall base color to give a very natural effect. The joy of having highlights that aren’t too much lighter than the base color is it allows for a very subtle grow-out, so you can put a bit more time in between color touch-ups.

This is ideal for anyone looking for a low maintenance color. The long textured layers lend the cut to being very versatile when it comes to styling. When worn naturally curly, the layers prevent the dreaded “pyramid or triangle” shape. When worn straight, the layers lay soft and blended as to avoid looking like steps or shelves of layers.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The beauty of this look is it will work on just about anyone! Depending on the face shape of my guest, I design the face-framing or fringe (bangs) to balance facial proportions. My clients desire low maintenance styles that require minimal effort to look their best.

The key to a low maintenance style is the product. Good hair products will do a lot of the work for you. If you have finer hair, a good thickening spray and volumizer will give this cut the perfect amount of lift and movement, so you don’t feel flat and lifeless.

My favorite products for fine or thin hair are Thickening Spray and Fiber Mousse from REF Stockholm, Sweden. REF is a vegan line that’s sulfate-free and fortified with vegan protein to strengthen hair. Hair that’s naturally curly or medium to thick density can also have this look, but only with the use of REF’s Stay Smooth and Fiber Mousse will you have a smooth, soft, and shiny blowout.

When considering any look, it’s important to talk to your stylist about how your new haircut will work with your lifestyle. Be sure to mention if it’s important to you that all of your layers fit back into a ponytail or your willingness to use or not use a styling product. Also, when searching for inspirational hair photos online, make sure the pictures you choose are close to the honest representation of how you style your hair. As stylists, it’s important to us that we set you up for styling success.

A word on razor cutting – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled out my razor, and my new client gasps and says, “Oh no, don’t use that on me. Razors don’t work on my hair. I had a bad experience with a razor cut.”

I’m here to tell you that the razor isn’t the bad guy, and it didn’t do anything bad to you. It was the stylist using it. There is a right and wrong way to use a razor, and there is hair texture that is more appropriate for razor cuts. I’ll be honest – the majority of stylists don’t use a razor as a frequent tool of choice. Don’t despair because the truth is that even if your stylist doesn’t use or feel comfortable with a razor, there are cutting techniques using scissors that can and will give you an almost identical feel to your cut. Don’t fear the razor, and just make sure your stylist is comfortable with the tool and techniques. A good stylist will be honest because your hair should be their #1 priority.

Textured for Fine Hair

Textured for Fine Hair
Instagram @gwynlynnclaire

Q&A with style creator, Gwyn O’Leary
Hair Stylist @ Forma + Collective Salon in Englewood, CO

How would you describe this look?

This retro-inspired razor cut is a playful, lived-in look that requires minimal effort but by no means sacrifices style. My naturally wavy client can truly make bed head wearable or polish it up by adding curls or wearing it smooth. My favorite thing about this versatile cut is that it translates well for so many different tastes (romantic, edgy, bohemian, etc.) and can easily be customized.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut can be modified for most hair types! Your stylist can help you determine how heavy or light your layering should be based on density and texture. Even fine-haired clients can use the fringe and face-framing area to give the illusion of more layers. No face shape needs to shy away from this look! Find a stylist you trust who has an eye for your best features. They should know how to draw attention to those with your fringe and face-framing.

Great product options for this cut would be a dry texture spray/spray wax (depending on hair type), salt sprays, or root lifting powder. Less is more with this haircut!

Whether styling your hair is your favorite morning routine or you want something fuss-free (but still amazing), this is a winner.

Shaggy for Thin Hair

Shaggy razor cut for thin hair
Instagram @malloryz

Taper the ends to create a feathered effect for more volume and shape. The bangs add a cute look to the already quirky cut.

Q&A with style creator, Mallory Zenner
Founder / Hair Stylist @ Craft House Salon in Atlantic Highlands, NJ

How would you describe this look?

This is what a modern shag is all about – bangs, bits, and soft, lived-in layers to build body into the hair where it is needed, removing the bulk and allowing the natural textures to come out.

What I love most about the modern shag is its ability to enhance facial features without compromising length. It is for someone wanting the best of long and short hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Listen to your stylist. If they suggest going shorter, leaving length, or adjusting the shape, be mindful of their suggestions. A shag is designed for the individual – it is not a cookie-cutter cut.

Also, when cutting with the straight razor, you can get months of a roadway with this type of shape. Sure, the bangs will grow out a bit, and you might lose some volume, but the overall look will remain. Plus, styling is a breeze! I fashioned this shape using Cult & King Hair Balm. I recommend finding a hair balm or cream that fits your hair texture for home care, and then just do air drying.

Cute Short Hair Shag

Cute Short Hair
Instagram @kwinkhair

Q&A with style creator, Kristyn Wink
Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist @ Laboratorie- Baltimore Salon in Baltimore, MD

How would you describe this look?

My favorite thing about this short shag hairstyle is how modern the texture feels. I love how the soft curtain fringe accentuates my client’s features, plus this type of look is very easy for the client to style at home. This is similar to a shaggy bob with a slightly undercut nape.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Any client looking for a shaggy, textured cut should start by finding a stylist who is comfortable and experienced with unguarded, straight razor cutting.

This look is going to work best for someone with wavy hair and a longer or more narrow face, as the weight is placed on the side between the cheekbone and jaw.

I always style a look like this by air drying or defusing with a combination of Hair Balm and Undressed, both from Hairstory, on damp hair.

Shoulder Length Cut

Q&A with style creator, Akasha James
Stylist @ Shampoo Avenue B in New York, NY

How would you describe this look?

This is the ’70s rock ‘n roll but a little more polished. The color combination with all the texture and layers gives it an edgy wearable daily look. I just love the whole look. I wish more people weren’t afraid to branch out into haircuts like these. I feel like shags are slowly coming back, though.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Depending on their natural hair texture, they may be able to be low maintenance or high maintenance. It’s mostly about finding the right products to accentuate the look – whether it’s a texture spray or pomade for straighter to wavy hair or a mousse or curl cream for curlier hair. In terms of face shape, I think many people could wear this but may need length, layers, and color tweaked to benefit the person’s features the most.