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Getting Started with Feather Styling Razors and Blades

29 November 2021, By JATAI

If you’re new to razor haircutting and new to the Feather Styling Razor, you might find there are a number of choices to make when it comes to using one. We know learning how to razor cut is already a big task and commitment, so getting the most out of your razor shouldn’t be. In this article, we will be...

Getting Started with Feather Styling Razors and Blades
Razor haircuttingIf you’re new to razor haircutting and new to the Feather Styling Razor, you might find there are a number of choices to make when it comes to using one. We know learning how to razor cut is already a big task and commitment, so getting the most out of your razor shouldn’t be. In this article, we will be covering the unique benefits of the Feather Styling Razor, the different components to the system and which blades you should be using. But first, a little bit of interesting history. Prior to the 1990’s there was no haircutting razor available that had a guard. While that’s difficult to imagine today, at the time, if you wanted to do razor haircutting you had to use a bare blade razor. This was a problem for many hairdressers because they didn’t want to cut themselves or their clients. To say the least, the fear was real. As a consequence, razor haircutting was not popular. Seeing the need in the industry, JATAI and Feather created a new kind of razor in 1992. You guessed it, the Feather Styling Razor was born. A unique and innovative haircutting razor that not only had a guard, but used replaceable blades. It was a never-before-seen product that hairdressers fell in love with. Today, the Feather Styling Razor is the number one haircutting razor in the world. With 30 years of dependability and quality control, the Feather Styling Razor is used all over the world by stylists and even barbers.  

What are the different features of the Feather Styling Razor?

There are several unique features of the Feather Styling Razor. First off, it’s a system. You can’t just have the handle to make it work. You need the blades and the disposal case too. The brilliant no-touch system allows you to easily insert, remove and replace blades without ever touching the blade! For sanitation and safety purposes, it doesn’t get much better than this. You can watch a video here on how to use the no-touch system. Removing Feather Styling Razor BladesLet’s talk about that disposal case for a moment. The Feather Disposal Case is a container with a slot at the top used for removing and disposing used blades. Once a blade becomes dull, you remove the blades with the case. When the case fills up, you can dispose of it properly to keep wildlife safe. Blades are still sharp once they hit the landfill, so it’s important to make sure they stay out of harms way. You can dispose the case at your local pharmacy or sharps recycling center. The handle itself has an ergonomic design. It’s easy to hold and maneuver. The hole at the end is not necessarily to put your finger in. While you can do this, it can be restrictive. So use it or don’t use it, it’s up to you based on your preferences. The head of the razor is made of Japanese stainless steel. It’s designed in a way that holds the blade snug in place. There is no chatter or movement of the blade in the razor head, making it very easy to use the razor. You may notice there are two types of handles. There is the standard handle and then the detail handle. The detail handle is 1” shorter and designed for detailed work such as razor cutting the fringe or small areas that need attention. Finally, the biggest feature of all is the blades. The blades are what do most of the work. Made in Japan, there is an enormous amount of quality control that goes into making the blades in order to ensure the blades are made properly. It’s due to the commitment and attention to detail that Feather has some of the most dependable and consistent blades on the market. They are made of 100% Japanese stainless steel. The blades are extremely sharp so they don’t snag the hair and they last a long time so one blade goes a long way!  

The Feather Styling Razor uses 3 different types of blades. How do I know which blade to use?

The Feather Styling Razor Standard Blades are the most popular and the first blade to be produced. It has a built-in guard and comes in a pack of 10 blades. It’s the most versatile blade and used for everyday razor haircutting. For most, this will be the go-to blade. Check them out here. Feather Styling Razor SystemThe Feather Styling Razor Texturizing Blades was the second blade to be produced. It has a unique guard pattern that allows you to cut 25% less hair than the Standard Blades. This blade is useful for razor cutting thin hair or if you want texture but don’t want to take off too much hair. It’s often associated with the red handle but the Texturizing Blade can be used in any Styling Razor handles. You can see them here. The Feather Styling Razor Standard R-Type Blades is the newest of the three. This blade looks similar to the Standard Blades but it has less guard. With 40% more blade exposure, you will cut off a lot more hair so be careful! This blade is best for a razor haircutter who is quite proficient in razor haircutting, wants to razor cut more quickly and wants less resistance in the hair. The more guard there is on the blade, the more resistance there will be. So, the R-Type Blades can be viewed as a stepping stone between a guarded blade and an unguarded blade, giving the most freedom when it comes to razor haircutting. If you’re interested in the R-Type Blades check them out here. The Feather Styling Razor and blade system works. Throughout the years, competitors have tried to come up with their own version of a haircutting razor with a guard. But many blades and handles end up being produced in China. The quality and standards are not as high. They wear out faster and don’t hold up as well. We believe the razor is an extension of your hand. Razors are a tool, that if properly made and handled, you can create beautiful art with them. Like a paintbrush, if your brushes are of quality, your strokes are nice and smooth. Your experience as a painter is more satisfying and fun. And your final artwork becomes a masterpiece. You are going to love razor haircutting. It brings creativity and art to haircutting. Please be sure to check out our JATAI Academy’s Education CONNECT for tons of educational videos on how to use our various razors including the Feather Styling Razor.

JATAI

JATAI

JATAI provides innovative and professional quality beauty implements with world-class customer service and educational support. To offer great products as a master distributor, we seek out and select only manufacturers who demonstrate superior workmanship, the most advanced technology, and respected business core values of reliability, honesty and integrity. Accordingly, JATAI represents three major ‘workhorse’ brands that dominate within their categories. Feather, Seki Edge and Fuji Paper. JATAI Academy brings beauty tools to creative life. It’s the ultimate professional information resource where Education, Artistry and Trends CONNECT for Stylists and Barbers.

Subscribe and Save on Feather Blades with JATAI

26 July 2021, By JATAI

Blades. They are a necessity for barbers and hairstylists on a daily basis.  Whether you’re a barber offering shaving services with a Feather Artist Club Razor, or a busy stylist who turns to your Feather Styling Razor or Plier Razor for today’s textured cuts, nothing is worse than running out of blades.  Avoid those last-minute dashes to the beauty supply...

Subscribe and Save on Feather Blades with JATAI
Blades. They are a necessity for barbers and hairstylists on a daily basis.  Whether you’re a barber offering shaving services with a Feather Artist Club Razor, or a busy stylist who turns to your Feather Styling Razor or Plier Razor for today’s textured cuts, nothing is worse than running out of blades.  Avoid those last-minute dashes to the beauty supply store with JATAI’s Subscribe & Save Service! Now you can save time AND money by subscribing to JATAI’s blade replenishment service on a variety of Feather Blades.  Automatically save up to 30% on Feather’s top shaving and haircutting blades and never worry about running out of blades again.  Choose between a reoccurring subscription of 3, 6 or 10 packs of blades and the frequency of shipping that best suits your needs: monthly, every 2 months, every 3 months, every 4 months, every 5 months or every 6 months.  You are guaranteed to receive authentic Feather product and can cancel at any time. Plus, every order ships free! Subscription is available for both Feather haircutting and shaving blades including:
  • Styling Razor Standard, Standard R Type, and Texturizing Blades
  • Plier Razor Blades
  • Nape & Body Razor Blades
  • Artist Club Professional, Pro Guard, Pro Super, Pro Light, and Pro Soft Blades
    Need help choosing the best type of blade for your shave? Check out this video detailing the four top selling Artist Club Blades: Learn the difference between the three Feather Styling Razor Blades:

JATAI

JATAI

JATAI provides innovative and professional quality beauty implements with world-class customer service and educational support. To offer great products as a master distributor, we seek out and select only manufacturers who demonstrate superior workmanship, the most advanced technology, and respected business core values of reliability, honesty and integrity. Accordingly, JATAI represents three major ‘workhorse’ brands that dominate within their categories. Feather, Seki Edge and Fuji Paper. JATAI Academy brings beauty tools to creative life. It’s the ultimate professional information resource where Education, Artistry and Trends CONNECT for Stylists and Barbers.

Your Top Five Razor Cutting Questions – and Answers!

22 March 2021, By Russell Mayes

Over many years as a stylist, owner and educator, I, Russell Mayes, have gotten a lot of questions about razors and razor cutting from stylists on all levels of experience.  I would like to share the top five current questions I am asked most often – and the answers. For more information, check out the new Razor Fundamentals educational video...

Your Top Five Razor Cutting Questions – and Answers!
Razor Cutting QuestionsOver many years as a stylist, owner and educator, I, Russell Mayes, have gotten a lot of questions about razors and razor cutting from stylists on all levels of experience.  I would like to share the top five current questions I am asked most often – and the answers. For more information, check out the new Razor Fundamentals educational video course now offered on Jatai Academy’s Education Connect. It’s your direct access to the most extensive free online video library currently available to stylists and barbers.
  1. Can you use a razor on curly hair?
Yes and no. What type of hair you can use a razor on depends on the cuticle, more than if it’s curly. Some hair textures respond well while others do not. Some cuticle types tend to bristle when cut at an angle and perform better when blunt cut.
  1. Does it matter if I use a guard vs. no guard?
The less of a guard you use, the more control you have when cutting. You can be more precise with your shape and texture as well. But a guarded razor will get you 90 per cent more there than a guardless razor would. Once master cutting with a guard, you may find that you want more control, so move to a razor with either less of a guard or no guard at all … the point here is that you don’t have to use one. Insider Tips: For the most guarded, I work with the Feather Styling Razor with Standard Blade. For less guard, I recommend the Feather Styling Razor R-Type Blade. For no guard, I reach for my Feather Plier Razor.
  1. How can I prevent losing my shape while razor cutting?
The solidity and bluntness of the shape you cut is determined by the stroke of the blade as you are cutting your sections. The larger the stroke of the blade, the more airy and softer the shape. The tighter or smaller the stroke of the blade, the more solid your final haircut shape will be. Razor Cutting AnswersInsider Tip: While learning how to control your razor, I suggest beginning with the Feather Styling Razor with Standard Blade. This will help you to prevent over-cutting or cutting too much when you are just getting started since it’s a safer option.
  1. Does the razor damage the hair?
This depends on the cuticle texture and the sharpness of your blade, as well as your cutting action. Drier textures of hair don’t respond as well to being cut with a razor. If the blade is dull, this will only cause cuticle damage that could easily have been prevented by using a fresh blade. Also, if your cutting action isn’t positive or determined, you will partially cut strands without cutting them all the way through, which results in a less-than-solid shape. 
  1. Do I have to do the entire haircut with a razor?
No, you can do as much or as little as needed, determined by your desired results. You can cut the hair blunt with scissors and then soften up the shape afterward with your razor. You can cut the entire shape with a razor, and then make the perimeter shape more blunt with scissors. Insider Tip:  To soften up the shape after scissor cutting, the Feather Texturizing Blade (fits all Feather Styling Razors) works well. It’s designed to cut hair in small sections to blend and texture hair. Blade changing is easy and safe.

Russell Mayes

Russell Mayes

Russell Mayes is the Director of Content for the Jatai Academy and owner/founder of Bauhaus Hair in Orange, CA.  This trendsetting artist, educator, and mentor to many “aspires to combine the eye of the artist, the mind of the engineer, and the hands of a craftsman to create stylish and modern beautiful hair." Blending his super technical approach with the visual free form of today’s styles is his expertise.  He also runs the website www.hairmentor.com. www.bauhaushair.com; Instagram: @russelllmayeshair

The Must Need Tool in the Best Barber in NYC’s Tool Kit: The Feather Razor

15 March 2021, By Mike Singh

Nestled in the Upper East Side is an esteemed barbershop. Artisan Barber. When clients enter the barbershop they’ll find a welcoming and invigorating environment, curated by some of the best barbers in New York City.   These are barbers who know their trade like the back of their hand; from different cuts and styles to most importantly…tools. Bronx-raised Mike Singh,...

The Must Need Tool in the Best Barber in NYC’s Tool Kit:  The Feather Razor
Artisan Barber-Mike SinghNestled in the Upper East Side is an esteemed barbershop. Artisan Barber. When clients enter the barbershop they’ll find a welcoming and invigorating environment, curated by some of the best barbers in New York City.   These are barbers who know their trade like the back of their hand; from different cuts and styles to most importantly...tools. Bronx-raised Mike Singh, known as Mike Scissorhands, is one of the talented barbers that this premium barbershop in NYC gets to call their own and as someone who's been in the game for years, he knows exactly which tools are necessary to have in a barber tool kit.   Singh named five essential tools in his tool kit, although amongst the five there is one that stands out the most. The skilled barber can always be found with a five-star shaver, straight razor, thinning shears, 8-inch shears, and most importantly the Feather Razor.   Michael Singh-Mike ScissorhandsMike holds the Feather Razor in high esteem because it allows him to put his “unique stamp on a haircut." With the Feather Razor, Singh can texturize hair, remove weight, and sometimes even cut hair with it, ultimately giving the best men's haircut in NYC.   “The Feather Razor is a magical tool, it‘s one of my favorite tools." Singh shares. “Other barbers don't use Feather Razors because it‘s not really in the barber regimen. It’s more on the stylist end of things as far as tools go.”   Singh, one of the best barbers in New York City, typically puts his favorite razor to use when handling longer hair, the aforementioned tool. The thinning shear works perfectly on short hair but doesn't quite do the job for long hair. Feather Razors are more versatile in that they can also be used on shorter hair and still operate seamlessly.   Much like Feather Razors, there aren't too many barbers, at least old-school ones, that use thinning shears today However, Singh is unlike other barbers which are what keeps him and tips like these ahead of the game.   Book with a barber at Artisan Barber now by visiting www.artisanbarber.com

Mike Singh

Mike Singh

Michael Singh, also known as Mike Scissorhands, is a top New York City barber for over 10 years cutting from Chelsea, Soho, Flatiron District, and the Upper and Lower East Side of Manhattan. He presently works at the respected Artisan Barber at their Upper East Side location, and has also worked at other prestigious barber shops such as Fellow Barber and Rudy’s NYC Barbershop. Mike specializes in men’s short haircuts, always giving every client he serves a stylist signature twist. Driven by a passion for his craft, Mike strives for perfection in order to guarantee 100% satisfaction from every experience. (Instagram @mikescissorhands; Email: mikescissorhands@gmail.com)

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