Why You Should Never Get Your Hair Cut Wet Again

Take everything you know about a good haircut and forget it. Scratch that. You can keep all of that knowledge, but just know that it only applies to a good haircut—not a great one. The reason is your stylist has been doing it all wrong. Yes, if your hair was cut wet, we can tell you right now that your hair is not living up to its potential. Don’t dismiss our claims as nonsense just yet—it will all make sense very soon.

To help us make our case for dry cutting, we enlisted the pro: Jon Reyman. He’s the founder of Jon Reyman Pro and Spoke & Weal salons, whose work has been featured in the pages of every magazine from Vogue to Vanity Fair, and is seen going down the runways at Fashion Week show after show. He’s cut the hair of stars like Sienna Miller and Lana Del Rey, and guess what—he cut it dry. And you’re about to find out why.

Keep reading and you’ll never want to get your hair cut wet again!

Wet vs. Dry: The Technique

Your first question is probably if cutting hair while it’s wet is so bad, why does everyone do it (ours too). The answer is simple: that’s the way it’s always been done. The practice of cutting hair is one with a long history, and cutting hair wet is just one of those old-school techniques that’s just stuck. But ask any stylist who cuts hair dry, and they will tell you wet cutting is an antiquated method. Most will go so far as to say it’s not only outdated, but also wrong—including Reyman, who says it simply doesn’t work.

Shocking? A little, but think about it…The last time you got your hair cut, your stylist probably cut your hair while it was wet, blew it out, and then went back to cut it again. Reyman says that’s because your stylist can’t see the places that need to be fixed until your hair is dry—and there will always be spots that need to be addressed. Dry cutting eliminates the second cut. (But don’t worry, efficiency is hardly its only claim to fame.)

Wet vs. Dry: The Benefits

Reyman says that cutting hair wet is a guess—an educated guess—but a guess, nonetheless. When hair is wet you can’t see shape, texture, color—you can’t see where your highlights fall. The reality is hair changes when it’s dry. A lot. Even length changes from wet to dry because hair shrinks. When hair is dry, Reyman says you can see it all. You can see everything from density to damage, and all of that is important to take into account to get the best cut.

Wet vs. Dry: The Process

With a dry haircut, your stylist will shampoo you, blow out your hair, and flat iron it. Then, the cut can start. Why straight? “If the cut looks good straight, if will look good every other way you style it,” Reyman says. When hair’s straight, there’s no hiding behind waves or curls. So, yes, even if you have a head full of curls, your hair will be straight for a dry cut. The technique works on all hair types (yep, all of them).

Wet vs. Dry: The Results

With dry cutting, the finished product is soft and diffused. Reyman likens the results of a dry haircut to a custom-made dress. He says the technique delivers the best possible version of a haircut you could ever get because the method is intelligent, informed, and refined. Which may sound like an extravagant claim, but it’s all very logical. You don’t wear your hair wet. You wear it dry. So, why wouldn’t you cut it dry?

All of this is not to say you can’t get a good haircut from traditional wet cutting. You can. But if you want an excellent haircut, one that’s customized specifically for you, you should make the switch to dry cutting.

Tell us, have you had your hair cut dry? Would you try it?

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