A dry haircut is exactly what it sounds like: cutting the hair while dry, as opposed to the traditional method of cutting it while it's wet. There are a couple of reasons for this.
"Dry cutting is often used for the detail work of a finished haircut that was cut using the wet technique," Conan told POPSUGAR. "Dry cutting is great for providing additional texturizing and fine-tuning post-blowout when the actual shape and fall pattern are visible." When performed with a razor, it can give your hair a soft finish on the ends.
Certain hairstyles and types lend themselves to a dry cut as well, because the technique allows the stylist to see the natural movement and shape of the hair. "This is especially important if you have a natural curl texture or added color dimension,"said Conan. "Some stylists prefer to complete the full haircut in this technique, especially on thicker or curly textures."
Dry Cuts on Curly, Textured Hair
Curly hair tends to lose its shape when wet, which is exactly why a dry cut is beneficial for this hair type. "With dry cutting, your stylist can enhance your curls and reduce bulk by cutting hair as each curl section falls," said Conan. "Instead of taking traditional sections like with wet cutting, your stylist will grab curl sections that live together and cut them as one piece."
This reduces the chances of an uneven curl pattern if your hair dries unevenly. Conan also explained that this technique helps the style hold its shape as it grows out and therefore, makes the haircut last longer.
Dry Cuts on Thick Hair
The number-one complaint that usually comes with thick hair is the weight; a dry cut can help address that. "Your stylist can remove interior bulk and create a reduced shape without needing to add a lot of visible layers," said Conan. "This can also be done wet, however, when done dry, it allows the sections to be softer and fall more strategically."
Dry Cuts on Fine or Thin Hair
For someone not looking to remove bulk like those with fine or thin hair, a dry cut can still help add texture to your ends. "Fine/thin hair easily shows cutting lines and can lose much-needed density throughout the bottom if over-texturized," said Conan." Using a dry cutting technique allows your stylist to section and texturize based on how hair lays and where shaping is needed most." It's harder to see where texture is needed when hair is wet.
Conan recommends combining the two for thin hair — a wet cut to form a baseline and a dry cut for adding detail and enhancing texture.