To Get the Best Cut, Should Your Hair Be Wet or Dry?

For some hair types, wet could lead to a disaster 'do.

Every visit to the salon generally goes like this: You consult with the stylist, they take you into the back and wash your hair, then you come back to the chair and get your hair cut. Sound familiar? So when PopSugar recently shared that celebrity stylist Jon Reyman said you should never get your hair cut wet, we were surprised — after all, the majority of haircuts are performed on wet hair.

His reasoning was simple: You don't wear your hair wet, so why should you get it cut wet? "A good haircut needs to look good straight, wavy, up, down," Reyman said. "[So] if your hair looks excellent smooth and straight, it's going to look excellent styled in a number of ways."

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Reyman's explanation makes sense, but does this mean we've been getting our hair cut incorrectly all along? To find out, we decided to ask another pro. And boy are we happy we did. Donna Tripodi, master stylist at Eva Scrivo Salon in New York City, says that it really depends on your hair type. "Hair can stretch up to 50 percent past where it naturally falls when wet, so your stylist should take into consideration where the shrinkage will be," she says. Note: This is especially true if you have curly hair.

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For most textures, Tripodi actually recommends trimming hair while it's slightly damp. "If it's towel-dried and a lot of moisture is taken out of the hair, but you can still see its natural texture, that's a generally good time to cut it," she explains. "If you start combing through and cutting the traditional way on dry curls, you can actually alter the natural texture."

Fine hair is the only hair type that she absolutely says should be cut dry. "When fine hair is wet, it doesn't seem as thick — in fact, it may look like a quarter the amount of hair as when it's dry," Tripodi explains. "If it's wet, you might wind up taking more hair off than you need to cut."

The takeaway? It's personal. Know your hair and do your research to find a stylist who you can trust to help you determine the best technique for your mane.

From: GoodHousekeeping
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