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Shears vs. Razors: The Fine Line Between Textures

In addition to scissors or clippers, your stylist may pull out a razor. Learn what it does with Groupon?s look.

Shears are often considered the tool of the trade, but stylists carry an oft-forgotten but equally important tool in their arsenal?the straight razor. Deciding which one to use depends on a variety of factors, the texture and density of your hair chief among them. Though shears can create virtually any style from any angle, the result is always a straight, blunt cut?lending the hair definition but potentially making it look thick. A razor, on the other hand, cuts with a single fine blade, forming a softer, feathered appearance more akin to a peacock's majestic bouffant.

For people with fine to medium hair with a fairly smooth texture, this can create a dynamic, tossable style with lots of movement. If you have coarse or very fine hair, however, scissors might still be the better bet, as the razor might end up making it frizzy. Curly hair raises somewhat of a dilemma; though its coarse texture seems to demand shears, the tendency for ringlets to accumulate as a single, thick mass means a razor might be able to reduce the hair's weight and boost its movement and playfulness.

443 Chestnut Boulevard
Cuyahoga Falls,
OH
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Friends and coworkers Chanin and Pam listen to their clients’ dream hairstyle ideas and bring them to fruition. At Chanin’s Hair Connection, the duo puts an emphasis on individual attention. Both Chanin and Pam personally schedule each client and take time before each haircut to discuss each client's lifestyle habits. The two stylists can create traditional or on-trend modern using their extensive backgrounds in hairstyling—Chanin alone has more than 20 years of experience—including all-over color, highlights, and lowlights, which add vibrancy and dimension to strands.

930 Portage Trl
Cuyahoga Falls,
OH
US

Expert nail tech Helena Jones deploys an army of microscopic architects to renovate nails during her specialty mani-pedi services. Not only is she certified by Creative Nail Design, but she's also a certified Shellac master painter. In addition to CND polish options, clients may request other high-end brands in non-gel formulas such as OPI and China Glaze.

50 Metric Drive
Tallmadge,
OH
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The stylists and aestheticians at Bella Bronze Hair Salon and Tanning Studios strive to create a friendly, upbeat environment for clients who drop in for transformative beauty jaunts. Hair gets a time-out as stylists deftly cut or color it, drawing on their continuing education in the latest techniques as they transform coiffures to clients’ specifications. A nail technician stains talons with salon-caliber acrylics or OPI gels and other services to keep hands looking their best. The salon’s facials and peels rejuvenate all types of skin, which can also darken to a sun-kissed bronze in onsite tanning beds from brands such as Ergoline and Wolff. The SolarForce booth lets guests stay upright while gilding, and VersaSpa spray tanning evades both UV rays and beaches’ suit-snatching tidal waves while turning limbs a glowing copper.

1486 N Portage Path
Akron,
OH
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The stylists and cosmetologists at Studio CEO travel the country attending seminars and trade shows to stay on top of industry trends, a practice that helped the studio to earn nominations for best hair salon and hair color on Fox 8's Hot List. The studio arms its staff with products from top brands, as stylists transform 'dos with Goldwell hair color, and techs spruce up paws with OPI’s UV-cured Shellac and Axxium gel keratin covers. The salon and spa also carries hair-centric brands ranging from Moroccanoil and Bumble and bumble to Keratin Complex by Coppola, so that clients don’t have to maintain shiny locks by sticking their heads under automatic shoe buffers.

77 N Miller Rd.
Fairlawn,
OH
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At Beauty Oasis, clients are guaranteed to be the center of attention. That's because the cozy salon is designed to service just one guest at a time. So there's no crowded salon to worry about or magazines to pretend to read. When clients arrive, stylist Kathy Alali is ready to pamper them with haircare and skincare services. Nonetheless, the salon still offers complimentary WiFi, coffee, and tea.

3029 Smith Road
Fairlawn,
OH
US