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On the fringe: Stylists give tips for texturized hair care

Kathy Hunt, Lawrence, gets her hair cut at Scizzors, 600 Lawrence Ave. Super-straight, texturized hairstyles appeal to all ages, says Beckie McGovern, Scizzors owner.

Kathy Hunt, Lawrence, gets her hair cut at Scizzors, 600 Lawrence Ave. Super-straight, texturized hairstyles appeal to all ages, says Beckie McGovern, Scizzors owner.

May 17, 2010

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Choppy haircuts with texturized, fringy edges are making a mark with women and men, old and young alike. The super-straight, texturized hairstyle appeals to all ages, says Beckie McGovern, owner of Scizzors Hair Salon and Spa, 600 Lawrence Ave.

“Hair is not defined by age,” says McGovern. “An 80-year old can get out of your chair, and a 16-year old sits down after them and you give them both the same haircut.”

McGovern says the sleek, texturized look can appeal to older women and men who are losing heft on top from aging because the cut can give the illusion of having a lot of hair. The style is also popular among younger crowds. And achieving the look is pretty easy.

The first step is to get the right cut. The choppiness comes from texturizing, or hacking at hair with a razor. It’s vital to pick a stylist you can trust, though, because a razor wielded incorrectly can result in disaster.

“A lot of our guests are afraid of my designers using razors because of people in the past who have used razors and made the hair look damaged,” says Mark Chapman, owner of Lada Salon and Spa, 4931 W. Sixth St. “If done wrong, hair tends to look kind of frizzy and exhausted-looking.”

When styled correctly, however, hair will appear smooth and spiky, not frazzled and matted. After the cut, those with curlier hair might have to use a straightener to achieve the sheer look. Separate the hair into chunks, and run the straightener through each shard.

The right products are essential to achieving this choppy look. Chapman says there are a lot of options. But he particularly recommends Aveda Retexturizing Gel.

“It holds better,” Chapman says. “When you do a razor cut you need something to capture the movement that you’ve just created.”

McGovern likes Redken Wool Shake and gloss pastes, but she’s not set on just one product.

Other products include gels, pomades and hairspray.

“A lot of it depends on what type of hair you have,” says Corrina Wayland, stylist for The Fix, 845 N.H. “You might want to use a heavy paste or pomade if you have thicker hair. You can exaggerate, accentuate all of the shattered pieces with some sort of paste.”

But pastes can be heavy and weigh hair down. So Wayland recommends people with thinner hair use a different product. A gel will work, for instance. And with this method, you’ll want to spread a dollop onto fingers and tease the hair out. And with a gel, you probably want to finish with a really good hairspray, for extra hold. When you spray the hair after gelling, you’re not done yet: You will want to manipulate the hair with your fingers again.

Another method is to forgo the gel and simply start with hairspray. To do this, you’ll spritz your fingers with hairspray, grab shards of hair between your forefinger and thumb and rub the hairspray into your hair. Play with the product-drenched hair by teasing and pulling it with your fingers until you’ve drawn out the pieces you want to accentuate.

With summer approaching, this shorter hairstyle might be a nice way to beat the heat and still look stylish.

“If one is to get their hair cut shorter for the summertime, then this is a very excellent cut,” Chapman says. “It’s kind of fun — fun and flirty. And it doesn’t have to be just for women either.”

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