I am often asked the difference between a haircut on dry hair and one on wet hair. Most of my clients have naturally textured hair, so I cut hair dry about 95 percent of the time.
Human hair generally holds about 40 percent of its weight in water. Because of this, curly hair tends to behave very differently when wet. If I cut it wet, it springs up when dry, making the shape I want to create less predictable. And most of us wear our hair dry so it makes sense to cut hair how we wear it. The bottom line? The difference between wet and dry hair makes it hard to trust the outcome of a wet haircut on hair with any natural texture.
Many heads of natural curls and waves are not consistent all over. Often I must cut straighter pieces shorter than locks of hair with tighter curls, so I can get the right shape. As an example, women like me have wavy hair on tops of their heads and curls around the perimeter. I would not be able to detect the texture variation if the hair was wet, so I cut it dry to discern the different types of curls and waves on each head.
Wet haircuts give harder, more noticeable lines to a shape. This is a great way to design stylish-looking hair, but with naturally curly and wavy hair, the final result often looks better when softer lines are created. Dry haircutting creates these softer lines, while keeping the focus on curls and waves. In most wet haircutting, the distinct lines of the style can override natural texture. In short, you see the line of the style rather than the curl or wave pattern. Cutting hair dry allows me to keep the design focus on curls and waves and not on the lines of the cut.
So, softer lines, variations in texture, and a technique I trust are all why I choose dry cutting to show off my clients’ lovely natural curls and waves.