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Old 09-30-2012, 12:39 PM   #1
 
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What do you prefer? Is it really better to cut curly hair dry? As I don't have a "curl" salon nearby I have to go to a "normal" stylist. Normally our stylists cut women's hair wet and it is very difficult to find an experienced curly-hair-stylist. So I'm wondering if I should prefer a stylist that also does dry hair cuts or rather a stylist that does it the usual way (what I did till now with). How do you get your curls cut?
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:57 PM   #2
 
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I don't have curls or even a strong wave pattern. I go to a regular salon and just request to get it cut dry. I explain that my acts differently when it's dry vs wet. I've yet to encounter a stylist who won't do what I request.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:09 PM   #3
 
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I've been going to the same stylist for six years and she cuts my hair wet. She had to make some modifications to how she tapers so the straighter part underneath doesn't stick out below the curlier top layer, but we got this figured out after the first haircut and since then it's been fabulous. We've played around with bangs and layers and such, and it always looks great curly or straight.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:06 PM   #4
 
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Pretty much every stylist I have ever had has said it's easier to cut curly hair when it's wet than dry.

"Curls aren't just for girls."
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:50 AM   #5
 
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I think there are merits to both, but for me, wet cuts don't work out as often.

These days I get it cut dry. Since I'm a (likely) 3b/c combo - very curly - who likes lots of layers, it seems easier for stylists to eliminate any heinous surprises that come from not being able to gauge the "spring factor" of my varying curl types when they are cut wet.

That said, neither approach is fool-proof imo. The dry cut isn't perfect because when I go to wet my hair AFTER my cut, the curls will not fall the exact same way they did when it was dry cut. So some corrective cutting is needed afterward. At least for me anyway.

I've had one really successful wet cut and I attribute that to a conservative approach with the scissors and a really good eye for varying curl patterns.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:21 AM   #6
 
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I've had both and to be honest haven't noticed much of a difference in the end results. My hairdresser atm just sprays and cuts, by the time she's finished cutting my hair is quite dry again so we can see how it's going to sit and she adjusts accordingly.

No curly specialists anywhere near me unfortunately!
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:34 PM   #7
 
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Thank you all for your comments! Sounds to me as if I'm not the only one around here without a curl specialist stylist...
I can easily imagine that if hair is cut dry it will not be at the same position after rewetting and redrying. But nevertheless I may try a dry hair cut next time - just to compare.
Korkscrew, If you have to correct your cut, do you go to your stylist again and he cuts them dry again? Or how do you handle this?
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:25 PM   #8
 
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Mine sprays it first. Then cuts followed by shampoo, blowdry and gel.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:30 PM   #9
 
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Wet. My regular stylist knows not to over cut because of shrinkage... Unlike the "emergency" haircut I needed and went to a new person just because they were available. I'll plan better next time.
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It really depends on how good the stylist is and personal preferences. I had a Deva cut (dry cut by a Deva certified stylist) and had a horrible experience. When I wet and restyled it, it was very uneven and choppy. I had to have a corrective haircut and spent over a year growing out.

That said, I know several people swear by dry cuts and have found stylists who do them well.

I personally prefer wet cuts. I like knowing that my hair is cut symmetrically and evenly, and this is not guaranteed in a dry cut. Because dry hair is cut curl by curl, if you were to straighten the hair out, you would like notice it is uneven. This doesn't matter for some... but my hair lays so differently every day that the unevenness is noticeable.

The key to wet cutting is finding a stylist that understands shrinkage and is very conservative when cutting. I've had both good and bad wet cuts, but my current stylist knows not to remove too much length and shapes my hair with long layers. That's about as good as it gets for me!
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:11 PM   #11
 
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Mine cuts my hair wet first, then touches it up when its dry.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:17 AM   #12
 
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Korkscrew, If you have to correct your cut, do you go to your stylist again and he cuts them dry again? Or how do you handle this?
I just correct it myself. I will just notice a few isolated areas of assymetry, that's all
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:12 AM   #13
 
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I have started cutting my own hair lately, but either ether it's me or a stylist it's usually a wet cut, then I style it as normal and once it's dry I touch it up myself. I sometimes wait to touch it up (or end up touching it up again) 2-3 days after the cut. It's like my curls need a couple days to settle into the cut. And I'm sure I need a couple days to settle into styling the new cut, too.

My deva stylist does a dry cut, and I liked it, except that my hair was OC'd that day, so it didn't lay right for the cut.
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Mine is cut wet. It is long enough that small inconsistency isn't noticed, and it is curly enough to hide almost any hair cutting sin.

I don't cut to maintain any style however. I only cut to get rid of splits and maintain the health of my longer hair. So I only cut off 1/2" every three or four months.
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:38 PM   #15
 
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Mine is cut wet. It is long enough that small inconsistency isn't noticed, and it is curly enough to hide almost any hair cutting sin.

I don't cut to maintain any style however. I only cut to get rid of splits and maintain the health of my longer hair. So I only cut off 1/2" every three or four months.
You have great hair. So true, what you say about really curly hair hiding "hair cutting sins"
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