Not A Fan Of The Classics? Then Try The Razor-Cut Bob

By Charlie Colville

2 weeks ago

A change of cut for the rockstar obsessed

Bored of your usual bob? If you’re craving something with a little more texture and dimension, then chances are you’ll fall head over heels for the razor-cut bob. Here’s how to get the look.

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What Is A Razor-Cut Bob?

‘As the name states, a razor-cut bob is a short hairstyle that is cut using a razor instead of scissors,’ explains Anna Wiig, a hair stylist and colourist. ‘It differs from a normal bob as this cutting style creates a soft and unstructured look with thinner ends, giving it a much more textured appearance. It also tends to be styled more tousled, rather than sleek and straight – think of it as more fun and less fuss.’

With its relaxed, textural styling, the razor-cut bob is proving to be especially popular online. On TikTok, for example, you’ll find a selection of videos tagged #razorcutsbob with over 18 million views. Anna tallies up the recent resurgence to the cut’s flair for fun: ‘We’ve seen bobs step into the spotlight this year, and I think this is just another playful way of styling a classic bob. It’s almost rockstar-like in its appearance. It can also be a lot lower maintenance, which is incredibly appealing year-round.’

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Who Suits This Haircut?

Since this is a haircut that hinges on the cutting technique, rather than a certain length or shape, it’s super adaptable for a range of face shapes. ‘This style can suit most face shapes, dependent on how long or short you go with it,’ confirms Anna, who also warns that those with frizz-prone hair might want to steer clear. ‘If your hair is naturally frizzy or curly in texture, a razor cut can cause it to frizz more, so it’s definitely something to be aware of, particularly when styling at home. If your hair is also very thin already, this may not be the best bob hairstyle for you – but that’s not to say there isn’t another one that would be better.’

How To Ask For A Razor-Cut Bob In The Salon

Clear communication with your stylist is key. ‘As always, I would recommend you bring a photograph for inspiration of what it is you’re looking for,’ advises Anna. ‘Say you’re not looking for a straight, structured bob cut and your hair stylist will be able to talk this through with you.’

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How To Style A Razor-Cut Bob At Home

Since a razor-cut bob tends to bring out the natural texture of hair, it makes sense to style it with texturising products that can add volume and definition. ‘I would recommend using a sea salt spray to bring out the texture,’ suggest Anna. ‘You can also use your fingers rather than a brush to style – although it’s important to avoid over-styling. You want a relaxed look, not necessarily a messy one.’

What Next?

Our haircare expert doesn’t see too much change for this now-classic cut. ‘I feel like the razor-cut bob is already quite evolved from a traditional bob,’ says Anna. ‘However, I feel this could evolve to include more layers and softer outlines.’

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