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Have you ever found yourself sitting in the stylist’s chair at the salon overcome with fear and regret mid-cut because you can’t judge whether you’ll be swooning or sobbing once inches of your hair are snipped off? We’ve all been there, but switching to a dry cut in lieu of the traditional wet technique might save you from the stress of guesswork during your next salon visit.
“When a craftsman cuts your hair [dry], they are not only envisioning the look and style you want, but also taking into consideration that when the guest leaves, she will be able to replicate the look easily, and that the grow out will still stay looking beautiful when she comes for her next visit,When wet, hair is denser, stretches, and thanks to elasticity, appears longer, making the end result of a cut less predictable. Since soaked strands can look drastically different than when it’s dry—especially if your hair is curly—cutting prior to shampooing allows a stylist to create a more detailed cut that’s realistic to how hair will look and behave in everyday life outside of the salon.
If you thought that there was some universal rule that a haircut must involve the cutting of wet hair, think again. In fact, taking scissors to dry hair has never been more popular. That's because for certain hair types and styles, getting snipped when your hair is completely dry can actually improve the results—as well as improve the condition of your hair too.
The following six reasons just might turn you into a dry cut convert too.
1) Dry cutting is a friend to people with curly and wavy hair.
Anyone with temperamental ringlets or waves knows that exactly where you slice and dice can make a big difference in whether you like the end result – and it can be harder to tell where the curls are going to lie when your hair is wet. Cutting while the curls are doing their thing means your stylist
can pick and choose where to cut so that they lie atop one another just right.
2) It can get you in and out of the salon faster.
Ever notice how, after you have a traditional, wet hair cut and your stylist has dried your hair she often has to go back over it again with the scissors, trimming here and there? Doing it dry to begin with eliminates most of this second-round work,Tresses & Colours, exclusively uses the dry cutting method.
3) It can be gentler on fragile, thinning hair.
Wet hair is more fragile and elastic (especially if over processed or fine), and can be prone to snapping while it's being combed over and over during a wet cut. You're likely to shed fewer strands during the whole process if you have a dry cut, which is important for people with thinning hair or who are concerned about breakage.
4) There may be fewer surprises.
Because hair is so stretchy when wet, it looks much longer, and this is especially true for people with very curly hair. Cutting the hair when it's already dry allows the stylist to trim just the right amount off – and eliminates the shock factor that can come right after a cut, when it can bounce up way more than anyone expected. What you see is what you get when you cut it dry, and that can cut down on any miscommunication between client and stylist.
5) It can be more precise.
When you dry cut you really get to see the movement of the hair, where most of the weight is and how much really needs to be cut off, making it an ideal choice for fine or thin hair as well. One more bonus: You can see split ends more clearly when the hair is dry!
6) It's 100% tailored to you.
When hair is cut wet, many stylists are just following a formula and doing the movements that they were taught in school."But when you cut dry, you are creating a completely individual, custom haircut especially for the client sitting in your chair. We cut by eye and create movement within the hair so no matter which way the wind moves it your hair will look amazing and fall into place."