all hair types Should You Cut Your Hair Wet Or Dry?

The long and short of haircutting techniques.

August 29, 2019
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There are a lot of factors that go into taking the plunge into a new haircut. Once you’ve found the perfect Pinterest picture for inspiration, knowing how to get that look is a different situation. While a trip to the stylist is the easiest way to get you there, if you trust your skills at home you may opt to skip the salon chair. If you plan to go the  DIY route with your new hair, there are a few hair-cutting tips you should brush up on before you do. You may have heard of dry cutting as an option versus the wet hair cutting technique most of us have become accustomed to. But which is better for you? Below, we’re sharing everything you need to know about how to choose the right hair cutting technique for you.

How To Choose To Cut Hair Wet Or Dry

The actual difference between cutting hair wet or cutting hair dry isn’t as much about their technique, but more about the cut they produce. Your stylist likely knows the best hair cutting technique to achieve your desired ‘do, but being knowledgeable on the matter is never a bad thing—especially if you’re planning to tackle it at home. Here are some hair factors to consider when deciding between the two techniques.

1. Based On Your Hair Texture

If you have thin or fine hair that’s on the straighter end of the spectrum, a wet haircut is likely ideal—just keep in mind that when your hair dries, the cut will end up a little shorter than when wet. On the other hand, if you have coarse, textured hair that’s on the curly end of the spectrum, ask your stylist to give you a dry haircut. This will let them easily work with the pattern of your curls, cutting them in a way that defines their shape. 

2. Based On Your Haircut

If you prefer the look of a straight-across cut (think a blunt bob or bangs), wet cutting will be the best option. This technique makes it easier to get the clean, precise haircut you crave. However, if you’re aiming for an uneven cut, like an asymmetrical bob or a shag, dry cutting will help your stylist more accurately determine how to distribute the length and texture of your mane for a perfectly imperfect ‘do.

3. Based On Your Hairstyle

The way you plan to style your hair also plays a role in which hair cutting technique will help you reach your hair goals. If you’re a fan of sleek, straight hair, wet cutting will give you the precise look you’re going for. However, if you prefer to wear your hair natural, dry cutting will give your stylist the ability to work with your natural texture and cut your locks in a way that enhances them.

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Edited by: Lauren Paige Richeson, Photo Credit: iStock