Unlike traditional wet-cutting methods, where the hair is saturated with water, dry cutting allows your stylist to see your hair’s natural volume and how each curl falls, ensuring that you leave the salon with a cut that is tailored to your unique curl pattern.
Dry cutting minimizes the risk of unwanted surprises like shrinkage or uneven layers, which are common issues when curly hair is cut wet and then dries naturally.
Additionally, dry cutting often takes less time than wet cutting, letting you get back to your day more quickly while still achieving a style that showcases your curls at their best.
What is the Difference Between Dry Cutting and Wet Cutting?
These two techniques have many differences aside from the state of the hair during the cut. Dry cutting involves working with your hair in its natural, dry state, while wet cutting requires shampooing and conditioning before the cut.
Dry cutting is particularly beneficial for curly or wavy hair types, as it allows the stylist to customize the cut according to how each individual curl lies, resulting in a more natural and flattering shape.
On the other hand, wet cutting is preferred for people with straight hair types, as cutting curly hair while it’s wet can lead to unexpected shrinkage and uneven layers.
How to Prepare for a Dry Cut
When getting a dry cut, you must avoid flat irons, curling wands, and other styling tools that may alter your hair’s natural texture. Make sure that your hair is styled the way that you normally wear it, the goal is to give the stylist a true sense of how your hair naturally falls on a daily basis.
It’s also helpful to have regular trims to remove noticeable split ends, as it makes it easier for the stylist to focus on the overall shape of your hair.
The Dry Cutting Process
Unlike traditional wet cuts that start with a wash, the dry cutting process begins with the stylist analyzing your hair’s natural state and looking at how it falls while it’s dry and how each curl coils.
During the cutting process, your stylist would use specialized shear and work on individual sections of your hair. This helps determine how the cut is shaping up and what adjustments are needed to achieve the desired results.
After the main shape has been achieved, your stylist will add some finishing touches. This step involves some texturing to remove some of the unnecessary bulk and add some subtle layering to improve movement.
Your stylist may also quickly refresh your curls with only a small amount of water and product to make sure that the shape holds well. Once the dry cutting process is done, your stylist will go over some helpful tips on how to maintain your new cut and what to add to your existing haircare routine.
Maintaining Your Freshly Dry Cut Curly Hair
A great dry cut is an investment, as this helps in improving the health, condition, and shape of your curly hair. Start by following a moisturizing hair care routine recommended by your stylist. Make sure to regularly keep your locks hydrated by keeping up with your new hair care routine.
Another recommendation to maintain your dry cut hair is to protect your curls while you sleep. Expert stylists recommend that you use a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction that causes breakage and frizz. Some curly-haired people would also wrap their hair in a silk scarf before sleeping for an added layer of protection.
Additionally, avoid harsh brushes and use only wide-tooth combs when detangling. It’s best to avoid heat-styling as much as possible and use soft, stretchy hair ties that don’t pull on your hair to maintain the integrity of your curls.
At The Curl Ambassadors, we have been recognized for our Dry-Cut Curly™ Method, which has been trademarked since 2008. Whether you have wavy, curly, or super-curly hair, our experienced stylists will work with you to identify the perfect style that complements your natural texture and face shape.
Every salon visit starts with an in-depth consultation, ensuring a tailored experience that fosters trust and leaves you feeling heard. Our expert curl stylists are certified in our signature Dry-Cut Curly™ Method, specializing in customizing cuts to accommodate all types of curls. Additionally, each Dry-Cut Curly™ Method appointment comes with a complimentary Curly-Doo™ service, including a wash, style, and dry, as well as educational insights to help you maintain your luscious curls.