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Old 08-14-2008, 01:17 PM   #1
 
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Hi everyone,

I just wanted to get some of your opinions on cutting hair while wet vs cutting hair while dry. I've always had my hair cut while wet, and while I'm not unhappy with the results, I'm always wondering if the grass is greener on the other side. I usually get my hair trimmed every two months or so just to clean things up, but from what I understand trimming off the dead ends isn't really feasible when cutting hair dry...but maybe all I need is to get things reshaped (and I've been brainwashed into thinking I need to cut off just the ends). I am in the process of growing my hair but I'm looking to get a cut/get things sorted out in the next few weeks because things are getting kind of out of control.

Thoughts? How do you guys get your hair cut?
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Old 08-14-2008, 01:21 PM   #2
 
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I usually always get my hair cut when it is dry because curly hair is way different when it is wet while straight hair is simply that: straight.It gives the stylist a better feel of how to cut it when it is dry. Did that make any sense?? I know it was wordy! lol
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Old 08-14-2008, 01:26 PM   #3
 
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I've had my hair cut ONCE while dry. It was at one of those cheap hair cut places in the mall. Bit** cut my ear! Yes she did! Boy did it bleed.

The sad thing is that the dry cut wasn't because its good to cut curly hair dry, but to save time & money. She was trying to cut my hair straight, just like everyone else.

Sigh....

So, if you do get your hair cut dry, make sure its by someone who knows how to do it that way.
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last month was the first time i ever had my hair cut dry. it was my first Deva cut. the first few snips had me sold. only those pieces that need reshaping are cut. and you can get a good sense of the what the final outcome is going to look like as your hair is being cut. i prefer dry cutting over wet cutting. i think the stylist has more control when dry cutting. each curl has its own shape and definition and you can adjust each curl by cutting or not cutting depending on how tight the curl is. when your hair is wet, you have no clue which curls are going to spring up more than others, which can cause the lopsided look (that has happened to me a few times). hope this helps.
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I've had my hair cut ONCE while dry. It was at one of those cheap hair cut places in the mall. Bit** cut my ear! Yes she did! Boy did it bleed.

The sad thing is that the dry cut wasn't because its good to cut curly hair dry, but to save time & money. She was trying to cut my hair straight, just like everyone else.

Sigh....

So, if you do get your hair cut dry, make sure its by someone who knows how to do it that way.
I totally agree, make sure they are cutting it for curly hair when dry. Most try to cut it just like it is straight hair, dry or wet. I just got mine butchered, so I am not a happy camper.
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:13 PM   #6
 
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I get what you're saying about shaping each curl, but I guess...I'm kind of skeptical because when you wash your hair again, the curls won't curl the exact same way it was cut anyways right? Though I suppose that is the case with wet hair as well...

Also, will the cut come out even/symmetrical? I mean...I don't plan on straightening my hair or anything, but if I decided I didn't like the dry cut and went somewhere to get it cut wet, I suppose I'm paranoid that it's going to look like a hack job while wet (though lovely dry) with random shorter pieces everywhere and I'm going to have some explaining to do. I don't know if that really made sense...

Sorry for all the questions!
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I get what you're saying about shaping each curl, but I guess...I'm kind of skeptical because when you wash your hair again, the curls won't curl the exact same way it was cut anyways right?
OMG, you perfectly stated the exact thing that I was worried about! Sorry this isn't an answer, but let me just chime in, hoping that somebody will respond to this. Because my curls vary WILDLY from day to day, so I have sometimes wondered if cutting wet would be "safer" because at least it's all the same length.... I'm scared it would come out completely lopsided if cut dry and then the next day the curls go differently!

Has anybody experienced this?
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i think my hair is better shaped due to the fact that it was cut dry. the stylist was able to pinpoint the areas that needed to be reshaped to even out the lopsided sections. for example, i have 3 different curl patterns and so i never know which sections are going to have a tighter curl and if i don't diffuse properly or thoroughly, i end up with an uneven look. when i mentioned this to the stylist, she took the time to figure out which curls needed to be shorter in order to give a rounder look. hope this helps.
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I've never had a decent wet haircut. Actually they were all really terrible. My hair just prefers to be cut dry, which is why I've been cutting it myself for about 30 years.
I cut each curl individually, making many irregular layers. It might not work for everyone but works great for me.
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Old 08-15-2008, 08:52 PM   #10
 
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My stylist cuts hair both ways. She does the majority of my cuts on dry hair, but if I've had a colour done she'll do it on wet. She tends to 'tweek' my hair with dry cuts and "rebuild the foundation" with a wet cut.

What I like about dry cuts is that she will only cut here and there ... I tend to get these type of cuts when my hair is falling a little flat. By doing this dry, she is able to bump up my hair without a serious cut ... and it is also a lot cheaper

IMO I think it has more to do with the skill of the stylist than whether it is a dry or wet cut.
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This may be a stupid question, but when you have your hair dry cut at a salon, do they wash and dry your hair for you, or do they cut it the way it is when you walk through the door?
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The way I walk thru the door. My stylist is not deva trained, so sometimes will will comb out the sections of the dry hair and cut (which I don't like), but I have been going to her for so long and we argue back and forth all the time. I just don't want to spend a fortune on a haircut and she does tweek it as needed. When she is cutting dry, there is not much cutting going on...if that makes any sense. She can just see where my hair is looking square (which I don't want) and take care of it with a dry cut.
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My experience with a Deva or curly cut is that when you come in with your hair styled yourself, they cut it, then "wash" it, add products and dry it to catch any stray pieces that curled differently the 2nd time around. I think this is a very effective method, since they give it two tries to curl differently and get the median ground.

I much prefer a dry cut to a wet cut, but I think a wet cut can very well be a good cut. I agree it has more to do with ability and experience, not wet versus dry.
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This is something I include in the education pamphlet I send home with all my curly clients - I hope you find it helpful

Why should curly hair ALWAYS be cut dry?
Curly hair is three-dimensional; therefore, it only makes sense to cut it in its natural, three-dimensional state. When curly hair is wet, the curl flattens out and appears much longer than it actually is, making it easy to cut off way too much – and what curly girl has never had THAT happen? Also, when curly hair is wet, it is impossible to see each curl as what it is: an independent entity that has a unique relationship to the other curls that surround it. A stylist who understands curly hair knows each curl needs be approached and handled one at a time, so your entire mass of curls will flow with a beautifully fluid motion while allowing each curl to retain its individual and special characteristics.
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This is something I include in the education pamphlet I send home with all my curly clients - I hope you find it helpful
ooops.. i accidently posted this comment on another thread but i meant to post here. sorry for the doublepost.

StruttsWife... as a hairstylist, do you recommend that your client bring in a picture of a style that they like?

no two heads of hair are alike, but i always feel that pictures give a sense of what we are looking to achieve, and if our hair is similar in nature to the picture, why not try to replicate it. what are your thoughts?

i have a Deva appt coming up and am thinking of bringing a picture to give the stylist an idea of what i would like, especially with regard to fullness and evenness above the ear area. this is the one concern i have voiced repeatedly to stylists and it is the one thing a stylist has yet to address. thanks!
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Here's the deal. In all my prior experiences, a hairdresser cut my hair wet and straight. That would be all hunky dory if I were going to wear it straight, but even if I tried, it would proceed to start curling almost immediately, so why put an hour or more into something that's just going to frustrate me. And the problem is that if it's cut straight, it is definitely uneven, right after it's cut, when it's curly. I was having to have my hair cut at something like 4 week intervals because what started out looking uneven, just got more and more unbalanced.

I decided I wanted to try having my hair cut dry and with the curl. After decades of wet cuts that always looked uneven, I knew their limitations. My old hairdresser couldn't get it through her head that cutting it even when it was straight led to a totally unbalanced look when it was dry, and insisted that she had to straighten it as she cut, even if she did cut it dry.

I decided to spring for the Deva cut, and I'm very happy that I did. My curl was released as my hair was being cut, and areas my Ex-hairdresser had claimed would never curl again are now curling. My hair no longer looks flat on one side. It works together for the first time. Okay, there were a couple of strands that stood out as not working with the rest after I'd washed it myself, so I went back and she cheerfully trimmed them. Voila, three weeks later I'm not wondering how much longer I can stand to go before I get my hair cut. It works brilliantly for me.

Why have hair that only works when it's doing what it doesn't do naturally?
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StruttsWife... as a hairstylist, do you recommend that your client bring in a picture of a style that they like?
I personally always appreciate a photo if a client has one that represents the look they are trying to achieve. A picture truly is worth a thousand words and often helps the client to express their expectations better than just a verbal description.

However - what is NOT helpful is when a client brings in a photo and says, "I want my hair to look exactly like that ... except I want it three inches longer and I want the sides fuller and I don't want it quite so short on the top and ..." - well, you get the picture. Make sure what you bring in is a good representation of what you expect
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My stylist cuts my hair wet, but I still have good layers that blend in, and it doesn't look uneven if I straighten.

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I get what you're saying about shaping each curl, but I guess...I'm kind of skeptical because when you wash your hair again, the curls won't curl the exact same way it was cut anyways right?
Agreed. I really doubt my curls are ever going to stay the same, and I like a variety of styles. Some days I like to braid it for waves, and maybe I'll style it in loose curls the next day. Uneven layers make that impossible.
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Hi there. I recently just t joined this chat...,and I seem to be really behind lol. But I really need help. I have a mix between 3a and 3b curly hair and I love my hair but...I have never been satisfied with my hair cuts or layers :/ I'm.going to try a deva cut soon bit I was wondering if some of u ladies could post some pics of how you get your layers. Its really hard to find pics online with the backs of.curly heads lol but yea. Any ladies here with 3a3b hair? Please help. And for the hair stylist...lol when ur cutting ur curly headed clients. How exactly do you cut it?
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