4 disadvantages of cutting dry hair that will convince you to cut it wet

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Are you thinking about cutting your hair dry?

Stop! Arreter! Fermare!

Whatever the word “stop” is in every possible language.


If you don’t stop, you could face a catastrophe. Do you know why?

Because cutting dry hair has four major and clear disadvantages:

  • Disadvantage 1: cutting your hair dry could damage it.
  • Disadvantage 2: cutting hair dry can be very time-consuming
  • Disadvantage 3: you need to have haircutting knowledge and lots of it
  • Disadvantage 4: cutting your hair dry is not suitable for all hair types


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When it comes to haircuts, there’re as many opinions as there are stylists.

Some will say they prefer to cut hair dry to define the shape of the cut as they use scissors or other tools.


Other hairdressers will defend cutting your hair dry at all costs.

The truth is that both have an advantage:  they have studied, and that gives them enough tools and knowledge to be able to cut both wet and dry hair. 


But, here we are talking about you. You woke up today wanting to kick the board. You want to show the world that changes are necessary. So, with your scissors at hand, you googled “how to cut hair dry.”

 And that person has absolutely no idea how your dry hair will react to the scissors.


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So, what the tutorials from every impromptu scissor master say don’t matter.

  The truth is only one: for inexperienced hands, cutting hair dry isn’t recommended. 


The first reason is based on a disadvantage: the health of your hair.

So, if you’re interested in preserving healthy hair after the cut, read on, because we’ll start with the first disadvantage of cutting hair when it’s dry.


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Disadvantage 1: If your hair is damaged, cutting it dry could worsen it. And if it’s healthy, you can condemn it to breakage.

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Do you recognize the different types of scissors?


Not all scissors are the same.

The scissors with rounded tips used by children in kindergarten are not the same as those used in hairdressing.

The scissors used by hairdressers are designed to cut the hair without damaging the cuticles, one of the most sensitive parts of the hair fiber.


Also, we use different types of scissors according to the objective, whether it’s thinning or sculpting.

 If you don’t use the right scissors for trimming hair dry, you can damage the cuticle of your hair.  You have to cut hair at a special angle and in the right way to avoid hair breakage.

Still not convinced?


Let’s move on to the second disadvantage.


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Disadvantage 2: Professional stylists take a long, long time to cut hair dry.

cutting dry hair takes longer

If you’re determined to cut your hair dry, I’m sorry to tell you that it’s not a matter of a couple of snips here and there to get a new cut in five minutes.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor a good dry haircut is possible in five minutes.


 The technique for trimming hair dry is detailed and delicate because each strand is cut individually. 

That’s why cutting hair dry can be quite time-consuming. It can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour or more, depending on the texture of the hair.

One more detail?


In salons, dry cuts are usually more expensive than traditional wet cuts. It’s because the stylist spends more time on the hair. They spend time and knowledge, and you pay for that.


And speaking of knowledge, do you know how to position the scissors to cut dry hair?

If this is not your case, take a step back, and forget about doing a dry cut.


Disadvantage 3: cutting hair dry requires knowledge. In other words, you have to be a professional stylist.

Cutting hair dry is harder than cutting hair wet. To make a perfect cut on dry hair, you need to know your hair and have a good cutting technique.


When the hair is dry, and you cut it yourself, it’s much easier to do irregular trims.

 When cutting dry hair, the scissors are not positioned at a right angle, but should be positioned parallel to the hair fiber. 


Also, in this type of cut, the scissors don’t have the same mobility as with wet hair. So, cutting hair dry prevents manipulating it firmly.

Dry cuts require a goldsmith’s precision because wet hair sticks together. So, it’s easier, faster, and the quality of the cut is not affected.


Finally, does your hair type make any difference?


Disadvantage 4: cutting hair dry is not for all hair types.

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  • Is your hair straight, and you want a dry cut?
 Any stylist on the planet will tell you to cut your hair when it’s wet because you’ll achieve more precise straight lines. 

With wet hair, the partings don’t move, which makes it easier to cut your hair.


  • Now, what if your hair is curly?
  In this case, the best thing to do is to cut it when it’s dry. Of course, always in the hands of a professional.  And I’ll tell you a little story.


A few days ago, Martina visited me at the salon. She wanted to cut her curly hair. In all my years as a stylist, I have never seen so much terror in a look when I started to look at her hair.

And she explained to me that she had even made a great mistake cutting her wet hair. Suddenly, her curls got an afro shape, which was not what she wanted.


To reassure her, I explained to her that the proper procedure for cutting her curly hair was to do it dry. That way, we could appreciate the real length of the hair and work the curl better.


 Therefore, you should consider your hair type before cutting it dry or wet. 

Martina would be better off with the dry cut because wet curly hair looks longer and more slicked back, making it look flat and limp.

In addition, the dry cut allowed Martina to feel like she was part of the process and to enjoy the haircut, which is the ultimate goal of a change of look.


Some specific cuts have better results when done with wet hair, such as the long bob, short bob, bobbed, or the carré.

But for all other cuts, any stylist will recommend the wet cut because it’s less damaging to the hair cuticles.



The trick to getting the perfect haircut is to combine wet and dry cutting techniques.

The ideal is to cut wet hair and finish the cut with dry hair. The wet strands are more manageable with the scissors and allow greater precision.

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