Q by Tarynn: Dear HDOF,
When is it a good idea to dry cut hair? (Did I get the lingo right?) I’m asking because I cut my son’s hair, but it’s really hard to comb his wet hair how it will actually lie when dry. I usually cut it and think it looks perfect until it dries and looks totally different. boo.
A by Reagan: Dry cutting is really a matter of preference. I do at least a little dry cutting in almost every hair cut, usually after the hair is blow dried to soften up the ends and layers. Like you said, it can be tricky to see how the hair will lay until it’s dry, and dry cutting is a good technique to use when checking or texturizing your hair cuts. I also use it often when cutting severely damaged hair. The other day I opted to dry cut when I saw how much chemical damage my client had. Breakage and frazzled spots can hide much more easily when the hair is wet.
Things to note during dry cutting (these mostly apply to dry cutting beginning to end):
~ Most women’s hair will need to be flat ironed or blow dried very straight prior to cutting
~Take extremely small partings
~razors are rarely a good idea on dry hair
~You should have the art of “point cutting” completely nailed
~Dry cutting can make a huge mess as the hair tends to shoot off in every direction instead of falling uniformly to the ground. I say this because I always make sure to have a dry towel on hand to wipe my clients face (or my own), otherwise they will be sneezing/itching the rest of the haircut.
Thanks for your question Tarynn!