Most hairdressers are trained to cut hair while it’s wet, but there’s a school of stylists who believe that method is all wrong. If you’ve ever trimmed your own bangs while they were damp, only to be left with too-short fringe once your hair dried, you know why: Hair shrinks and looks significantly different after it’s dried and styled.
A few weeks ago I ventured to Eiji Salon in Manhattan, where they specialize in the dry cut developed by stylist John Sahag. The difference between this technique and what we’re used to is that the hairstylist shampoos, blow dries, straightens and then cuts the hair.
“The final cut is different because the balance of the weight distribution is more precise, therefore obtaining a style and shape at home is easier,” said Akira Yamane of Eiji Salon. “So the final result of a dry cut just makes styling easier for clients.”
The stylist can also follow the hair’s natural direction and pay attention to the shape of the head. During my cut, the stylist would trim, then lay the hair down to see its direction, and snip again.
So what hair types benefit from the dry cut? Yamane says they all do. With thick, unmanageable hair, “the technique allows us to take away weight from just the ends, allowing the hair to sit better.” For fine hair, “We would be able to give it better body.” And cutting curly or wavy hair while dry lets the stylist work with the hair’s natural curl pattern to create a more flattering shape.
For someone with fine, thin hair I can attest to having more body now without losing any length. The layers are subtle and more natural looking, following the natural direction of my hair.
Would you try a dry cut?
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