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Should Hair Be Cut Wet or Dry?

A trip to the salon for a cut and style is a great way to boost your mood and refresh your look. On average, women visit the salon about every five to six weeks for trim or cut. The typical salon visit begins with a shampoo and maybe a conditioning treatment before the stylist begins to cut your hair. Who doesn’t enjoy a relaxing shampoo and head massage? However, it’s possible we’ve been doing it wrong for years. It actually may be more beneficial to have that shampoo after your hair has been cut.

Should Hair Be Cut Wet or Dry?

Wait, what? Have my haircut without a shampoo first or at least a thorough spritzing from a water bottle? Yes. More stylists are dry cutting their client’s hair today than ever before. Let’s look at the some of the benefits a dry cut offers versus a wet cut.

All About the Shape

Cutting dry hair allows a stylist to see the shape of the style as it’s being formed. Your stylist can immediately see where more texture is needed or if a bit more needs to be cut. Cutting the hair when it’s dry takes away a lot of the guesswork. When hair is wet, it naturally flattens and is longer than when it’s dry. This becomes especially important when a stylist is trimming blunt or straight-line bangs or working to create a beautiful line for a symmetrical bob. With a wet cut, an amount of hair shrinkage needs to be estimated.

Less Stress?

Everyone has sat in the stylist’s chair watching clips of wet hair fall rapidly to the floor and has wondered what have I done, will this cut look like I want it to look? When a stylist cuts your hair dry, it’s also easier for you to see the progression of the cut’s shape without having to wait for the blow out. It takes away some of the surprise, but for anyone who suffers from anxiety sitting in the chair, a dry cut may be less stressful because you’ll be able to see how it looks as the cut is happening.

Dry Cutting to Create Volume or Eliminate Bulk

Dry cutting can make it easier for a stylist to work with thin or fine hair. When hair is wet, it flattens so it’s more difficult to see any amount of wave or bend. Dry cutting changes the game. A stylist can see the bends of the hair better when it’s dry and take advantage of that when cutting and styling to add volume and movement.

Some hair tends to grow faster and thicker around the crown of the head  and if the area isn’t thinned, your style ends up looking bulky. When your hair is dry, it’s simple to see where the extra bulk or thickness has formed and the stylist can remove it with ease.

Less Damage with Dry Cutting

We’re always trying to repair the damage we do to our hair. Restorative finishing sprays are great for dry, damaged hair, but also consider a dry cut to help minimize splits and frays. Because hair is elastic, its ends can fray when cut wet. Dry cutting offers a cleaner, less frayed cut.

There are several benefits to a dry cut and don’t worry — most salons that dry cut will shampoo and style after the cut is done so you won’t miss out on your relaxing head massage.

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