Truthfully, getting a haircut can sometimes be a nerve-wracking experience. There’s always the fear that your look won’t come together as planned or you end up with a style that looks different as soon as you’ve washed it.
It can also be especially tough if you’re asking for a technique that may seem unfamiliar, but, when it comes to opting for a dry haircut vs a wet haircut – we promise the results will be worth it.
Not only does this technique help you watch your final look coming together IRL, it can also help you spot damaged strands and split ends, leaving you with perfectly coiffed locks.
What are the benefits of a dry haircut?
1. It’s great for those with wavy, curly or coily hair
Cutting wavy, curly or coily hair when wet is actually a lot harder than cutting straight hair – this is simply because you’re unable to tell where the curls will fall once your hair is dry due to shrinkage.
That’s why a dry haircut for curly hair is an absolute godsend. Essentially, the technique allows your stylist to pick and choose which curls to trim, helping to ensure they fall neatly on top of one another.
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2. It can make your haircut sharper and more precise
When your hair is wet, it’s more stretchy, so the length may vary a little from when it’s dry.
But by dry-cutting your mane, your stylist will be able to visualise exactly how much hair to cut off, as well as create a really precise look – all without having to wait to blow-dry your hair to see the end result.
3. You’ll save time (and money)
Thanks to this cutting technique, you won’t have to spend hours in the salon. Skipping out on the wash, condition and blowdry phase of your haircut means you’ll be in and out of the hairdressers chair quicker.
If you’re happy with the final product and don’t need any extra styling (such as curls or a blowout), you can also save yourself some extra coins – bonus!
4. It’s better for maintaining dry or damaged strands
When your hair is wet, it tends to clump together – even when combed. This can make it harder to spot split ends or areas of the hair that are more dry and damaged.
According to Elena Diaz, Hairstylist at All Things Hair, the best haircut for dry hair is one where your strands are dry. “This way you can see where the problem areas are and trim where needed.”
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5. You can see exactly what the finished style will look like
One of the main benefits of a dry cut haircut? You can see your new look coming to life in real time. Whether you’re asking your hairdresser for a styling overhaul or just looking for the standard “inch off the ends,” you can instantly see what the finished style will look like.
Translation: no more “uh-oh” moments in the mirror when you get home.
6. It will help with styling – especially when you’ve left the salon
Who doesn’t love it when their tresses have a salon-worthy finish? One of our favourite benefits of a dry haircut is that you can see what your finished cut will look like before, and after styling.
This will help you see what your future styling options are and help you recreate that professionally coiffed look at home.
7. It’s a great technique if you’re cutting highlighted hair
In the same way that it can be difficult to spot split ends when your hair is wet, it can also be tough to see variations of subtle balayage on damp tresses. Especially at the ends of your hair.
Opting for a dry haircut can help your hairstylist see any coloured strands, and avoid them (or not) depending on what you want from your finished look.
8. A dry cut is perfect for creating a fringe
If you’re afraid your bangs might turn into an accidental micro fringe when dried, opt for a dry cut instead.
Whether you’re having an existing fringe trimmed or having bangs cut into your hair, this technique will let you see exactly how the final look will come together.