Razor Style Haircuts for Fine, Straight Hair

Scarlett Johansson rocks a choppy bob at a 2011 Hollywood appearance.

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Fine, straight hair responds better to razor-style haircuts than coarse, curly hair. A choppy trim, either done with a razor or made to look like you took a razor to it, gives your fine hair movement and volume, keeping it from laying flat. Your razor-style haircut makes you look edgy and fashion-forward. Amp up its punk appeal by playing with temporary color, or go glam by finishing your hairstyle with shine serum.


Show Ramone-fueled rock 'n' roll attitude with this classic rocker cut. A shag tends to have longer layers that you wear close to your face. Rather than wears those long bangs flat, chop them up with a razor to give your shag that tousled, raggedy look. Chop your ends as well, or just attack the strands that hang closest to your face. Slick down any flyaways at your roots by smoothing them with hair pomade.

Modified Bob

A standard bob has classic cool, but a modified, messy bob brings on a fashion-forward vibe. Wear your bob short enough so it hangs above your shoulders and then trim the ends with a razor to make them swing. Slim your face by leaving longer strands up front and angling them along your jawline. Give your thin hair some volume on top by running a light volumizing mousse through the roots and teasing it as it air-dries.

Jagged Long Layers

Long layers have sexy sophistication, but jagged layers take your hairstyle to a club-worthy level. Cut a long layer between your ear lobes and chin. Trim the ends of your hair with a razor or use scissors and create a razor-trimmed effect by cutting asymmetrically. Cut your bangs jaggedly as well, or create contrast by wearing super-slick, long bangs.

Style Tips

Razor-style haircuts fuzz out quickly. Keep them looking sharp and edgy by trimming your hair every month or so. Go grunge by dipping just the tips of your hair into inky black dye. Showcase those random long strands by your face by giving them long, thin highlights. Make your shag or bob an emo look by wearing a deep side part, or pull the whole mass of locks into a Goth-inspired black velvet top hat.

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