Have you ever imagined that your hair stylist could be cutting your hair the wrong way and has been for your entire life? It may seem crazy that an expert could be approaching their craft in a way that’s worse for your hair, but what we’re about to tell you will prove that if your stylist has been cutting your hair while wet, then they’ve been stuck in the dark ages. A dry haircut is the only way to ensure a perfect cut: every time. Here are just a few reasons why…
#1: It’s a More Transparent Process
Believe it or not, a stylist who cuts your hair when it’s dry is not only working more efficiently for themselves, but they are being courteous to you. When your hair is wet from a shampoo and conditioning, it’s nearly impossible to tell what’s really going on while your hair is being cut. Besides any obvious differences in length, cutting hair when wet leaves you in the dark until the blow drying and styling is all the way done. With dry cutting, as New-York based hair stylist Arturo of Arturo Salon tells the Huffington Post: it “takes the guessing game out of wet cuts” and the style appears before you as it’s happening, leaving no surprises at the end.
#2: It Causes Less Damage to Your Hair
Another reason why it’s essential to dry cut hair is that it’s much gentler on fragile or thinning hair. When hair is wet, it’s weaker and more elastic and that constant running of the comb through wet hair that stylists always do actually causes unnecessary damage to your hair! A haircut when it’s dry causes far less damage since your hair is in a far less fragile state.
#3: It’s Personalized to Your Hair
Dry cutting is akin to contouring in that it’s totally personalized to your exact hair type, thickness and your own personal style. Unfortunately when hair is wet, you nor your stylist can truly tell what is happening with the cut.”The weight of water will absolutely change the density and even visual length of your hair,” Redken celebrity stylist Rodney Cutler tells Marie Claire. So how can you ensure you’re getting the best cut for your hair if it’s cut when wet but actually worn dry?
The reason Edward Tricomi of Warren Tricomi cuts all of his clients’ hair dry is that it’s the best way to create shape suitable to every client’s texture. He tells Bustle, “When you cut hair wet, it is extremely calculated and formulaic. When you cut dry, you are feeling the weight of the hair. You can see how it falls and moves; how it flows and how it sits in its natural state. This automatically allows for a more precise, and elevated cut.”
Instead of adopting a paint by numbers process on wet hair and cutting layers in the same way they cut them for everyone, your stylist can cut hair when dry and make it suit your hair and shape best.
#4: It’s Ideal for Thick or Curly Hair
Dry cutting is fantastic for thick hair because it’s the most efficient way to remove bulk. Hair becomes thinner and flatter when wet so it’s difficult for your stylist to tell how much weight is actually being removed and exactly how much should be according to your personal texture and style. If your hair is thick but also straight, removing weight can be tricky. Any deliberate chunks of hair removed can be more noticeable than on textured hair because it’s so straight. Dry cutting lets your stylist work with your hair type and prevents any ill-suited styles.
It’s not easy to learn how to cut curly hair, but for stylists who have curly-headed clients, dry cutting should be the first and only rule in the book. Once again, cutting when wet won’t show how curly hair will look when dry, especially as curls are springy and fall according to their weight. Cutting hair when dry it’s will take the guess work out of curly hair and let your stylist create the most beautiful shape for your unique hair. Plus, it will keep a few snips from turning medium hair cuts into bobs!
#5: It’s More Efficient
While some stylists may argue that it takes more time to cut hair when dry because of the time-consuming personalization, the process is definitely more efficient. When you think about how to trim hair, most likely your stylist will wash your hair, cut it when wet, blow it dry and then ‘detail’ (completing those essential finishing touches) your hair.
With dry cutting, there is only one part of the process dedicated to cutting. Some stylists who dry cut will shampoo and style a clients hair first while others will cut dry and then shampoo and style. Either way, dry cutting takes out the detailing and makes the hair cutting process much more efficient.
#6: It’s Perfect If Your Hair Grows Slowly
The much debated topic of how often you should cut your hair varies on whether you want the length to stay the same or grow is tossed out the window when hair is cut wet. The same paint by numbers technique that keeps your hair from being personal, also guarantees that it’s harder to grow your hair longer while still taking off those nasty little split ends. With dry cutting, your stylist can be sure to only snip the damaged bits while keeping the length you’ve worked so hard for.
By now you’re surely convinced that a dry hair cut is not only more efficient, but it’s better and easier for you, your stylist and on your hair. There is no reason you shouldn’t be doing the most for your hair according to its unique beauty and in a way that will make your stylist stronger in their craft. So, the next time you search ‘haircut places near me’ on your iPhone be sure to inquire about dry haircuts and thank us later!