The straight razor has lived many lives. It was the tool of choice for hairdressers at the turn of the 20th century, then, thanks to the geometric bobs of the 1960’s, it fell hard and fast out of fashion, disappearing from hairdressing schools (and stylists’ consciousnesses) for decades.
But, 1987 came and changed all that. It was the year that a young, (and extraordinarily talented) Howard McLaren came to Bb. Soon after his arrival he discovered a photograph of a cut that hairdressing legend Antoine had done nearly 90 years earlier. After much thought, it was decided that the cut, a graduated bob, could only have been done with a razor. Howard got to work. He found the tool fascinating: it removed weight without sacrificing length; it was a more organic extension of a stylist’s hand and allowed for a freer, more natural cutting motion, which resulted in a much more intuitive technique. It was revolutionary.
Over the next few years, apprentices flocked to Bb. to learn to cut with the razor, and accordingly, Howard began to teach. Soon Bb. was known as the salon that brought the razor back, and clients, too, flocked to Bb. for a razorcut.
But, as sometimes happens, too much of a good thing is too much. Stylists at salons across the country began picking up the razor without being properly trained, wielding it like a weapon, leaving hack jobs in their wake. Soon, people feared the razor, and rightly so. A razorcut by a master is sublime – but in the wrong, untrained hands, it’s just ugly.
Today, Razorcraft thrives at Bb. – we haven’t abandoned scissors, clippers or shears, but use all tools necessary for the job. We’re also happy to report that the frequency of razorcutting by amateurs has also abated, but to be sure, always check that your stylist is Bb-trained before venturing into a razorcut.
We love the razor so much at Bb. that we’ve created our own in collaboration with a Japanese company that made swords for samurais. Really.
SOME OF OUR RECENT RAZOR LOOKS Razor cutting has been around a long time, but there’s no tool more modern, more weightless, and more seamless than a straight razor in a master’s hand.
Panel 1 Pre-razor: Jeremy’s long locks seem to way him down. A razor cut lightens him up (but still leaves him long). Post-razor: Not “just cut,” just modern and cool. Get the Look
Panel 2 Pre-razor: Flora’s hair is beautiful, but a bit boring. A razor cut gives her great shape with less weight. Post-razor: A style to remember. Get the Look
Panel 3 Pre-razor: Lee looks darling, but dated. A razor cut removes the weight and adds balance. Post-razor: More modern, edgy (and enduring) Get the Look