Dry Cuts: Why They Are so Great
It’s funny, the particulars we tend to notice and those that go on without our ever paying attention–even when they directly have an effect on us, like our hair, in particular. Among a group comprised of many women of all ages and cultures, most had no vague idea of how a dry haircut might compare to one performed on wet hair. Men do it all the time–get their dry hair cut completely dry, regardless of whether it’s done with them seated in the chair of a barber or a hair stylist in a salon. There is no washing, conditioning or towel drying–just straight to the haircut. While not all women’s haircuts are performed when their hair is wet, most are. Have you ever wondered what the difference might be, or even if a difference exists between the two approaches?
Hair Has Growth Patterns
When your hair is dry, the stylist can visualize and feel the way your hair naturally grows, unlike when it’s wet, and all the particular nuances of how your hair projects from the scalp and waves are masked by the water. This means cutting it before they wash it and blow it dry, too, as the act of blowing it dry forces the hair to the particular shape that the heat and brushes make it acquire. When cutting wet hair, it can be a bit of a guessing game that involves more of a “one style fits all” format which just doesn’t work, for many reasons. Your hair does not grow out of your scalp perfectly evenly all the way around. Some areas have more of a concentration of hair than others. This is much easier to distinguish when working with your previously untouched hair. Dry cutting allows your stylist (and you) a view of what your hair will look like, ultimately.
Dry vs. Wet Details
When your hair has just been cut wet, and then blown dry, you really have no idea of what it’s going to look like a few days later after you’ve washed it and dried it at home. By cutting it dry, it gives you the ability to work together with your stylist to get the exact cut you want. Particularly when someone has thick hair that needs to be thinned out with the right cut, the only way to ensure this is to cut the unwashed hair while it’s dry. Wet hair can often obscure irregularities like cowlicks that tremendously affect the way the hair looks when dry.
Dry Cuts for Curly Hair
Naturally curly hair grows in established patterns that can only be identified in hair that has been left alone to fall naturally. When your hairstylist can visualize these curl patterns, he or she can truly give your unique hair the best possible cut. Curly hair becomes a lot longer when it’s wet, not only because the curls are straightened, but also because there’s no way to gauge how much the hair actually curls–how big the curls are and where the most concentrated curls happen to grow. Some parts of hair are simply curlier than others.
Keep it Smooth and Real
Cutting wet hair tends to pull on it, stretching it out with each time it’s combed even for a snip. Dry cuts produce less damage with fewer split ends overall. They’re just cleaner cuts, overall. Results from well-cut dry hair naturally just hold their shape better as they grow out, keeping your hair looking like an actual style far longer. And a dry cut doesn’t mean that you have to forego the luxurious wash–You can enjoy that part following your cut.
Dry haircuts generally take longer, which can make them more expensive. Typically, cutting the hair while dry will take the good part of an hour, and the better salons charge between $80 up to $350, depending on the detailing of the cut and the length of your hair. Make sure the stylist who dry cuts your hair is experienced in the technique, as it’s a different process altogether. You’ll typically find the dry cut pros in the bigger cities.