Dry haircuts are gaining steam in the salon industry for their potential to create a truer sense of texture and length.
Putting scissors to dry locks can improve results and the condition of some types of hair, say a number of celebrity hair stylists including Anh Co Tran, the co-owner of Ramirez | Tran Salon, in Beverly Hills, who popularized the “lived-in” look. He said dry cutting is much more visual and helps him to match the needs of his clients.
“When hair is dry, we can really assess what’s going on – how damaged it is, how dense it is, how much volume and texture is necessary and where layers should be placed,” Tran, who has been cutting dry hair for a decade, told the Today show. “I’m able to see any cowlicks my clients have as well as the natural fall and movement of the hair.”
Dry cutting is friendlier to curls, gentler on fine or thinning hair and can reduce the time spent in a salon.
"By drying the hair and smoothing it out into how you'd typically style it, you get to see how the hair falls, and you get a better sense in terms of texture," celebrity hair stylist Marc Mena told Glamour magazine. “Wet strands lie flat and piece-y, whether you've got thin hair or a Gisele-esque thick mane. There's no way to get a good sense of its weight and volume IRL, which is problematic when creating the overall shape for the cut.”
“Harder shears are better suited for dry cuts,” he said. “The blades aren’t as sharp and won’t scrape cuticles.”
Stylists say dry cutting creates natural lines and a precise cut more tailored to the individual sitting in the chair. Plus, the shock value of a haircut is reduced because clients can see clearly what they are getting.
“Dry cutting is also a way for experts to showcase their finest and highest quality work,” said Jon Reyman, a master hairstylist and founder of the Soke & Weal salon. “It's the difference between a custom tailored suit, and a suit that’s off the rack."