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Have You Heard About the Dry Haircut?

Ever considered getting a haircut without the customary pre-wash or spritz of water all over? Well, it’s time you give in and try a dry haircut…

It’s almost a given that no hairstylist will begin snipping your hair before giving it a thorough wash or at least spritzing it with tons of water before they pick up the scissors. Wet hair is supposed to be more manageable than dry hair, making it easier for the stylists to control and cut it. However, it also possesses certain challenges—wet hair expands up to 50%, making it difficult for stylists to judge how short they’re actually making the hair. Plus, as a nervous client sitting in the hairdresser’s chair, you don’t really know what the the final outcome looks like until the final blow-dry after the cut—the anxiety is bound to kill you!

To save you and your hairstylist from this distress comes an alternative haircutting technique—the dry haircut. As the name suggests, this technique involves chopping the hair without wetting them first, allowing the hairdresser to correctly determine the length being chopped off and the style as it would appear finally. There are a lot more benefits to this, a major one being that it improves the condition of your hair and helps your hair stay in shape for longer!

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The process begins with blow-drying the hair and then proceeding to cut it. A simple reason to do this is that if you don’t wear your hair wet all the time, you shouldn’t be getting it cut that way either. Wetting the hair not only makes it look longer but it also adds extra volume, making it seem denser than it actually is. This can often lead to misjudgments about how much hair to take off. We often complain about walking out of the salon with hair shorter than anticipated; this haircut technique will help avoid that.

Dry haircuts are beneficial for those with fine hair as it gives the correct estimate of how to volumise this hair type. It also works very well for those with curls—wet hair leads to flattened curls, which can be misleading, making it hard for you to shape the hair well. Since the hair is more fragile and prone to breaking when wet; dry haircuts also turn out to be gentler on your locks. With dry haircuts, what you see is what you get. You can bid adieu to biting your nails and waiting in anticipation to see what your hair finally looks like once it’s dry—you can see it shaping up and isn’t that a relief? Stylists can judge accurately how the hair will fall and stay as the client wears it daily, allowing a certain degree of customisation.

While the technique sure sounds fascinating, it is important to remember that it isn’t very widely used (yet) and not many may have mastered it yet. You may not be able to walk into your usual salon and ask the hairstylist to give you a dry haircut—you’ll have to ask around and hunt for someone who is comfortable with this technique and aces it. While this is no call to get rid of the classic wet haircutting, it does claim to deliver better results in terms of shape and longevity of the cut so give it a try, we say!

About the author

Hena Desai

Assistant editor/ pop culture junkie with an obsessive need to keep up with the Kardashians. Keeping my nails painted and eyeliner even is all that I care about. And world peace, obviously.