Why the Dry Cut?

So what’s the problem with cutting hair when it’s wet?

The question should really be: why cut wet hair? No one walks around with wet hair.

It’s impossible to know how the hair falls naturally when it’s wet. When hair is saturated with water, it’s much harder to see the curl pattern. If the wrong part of the curl is cut, the hair can stick out and be hard to manage. Wet hair masks split ends, hair’s weight and texture, cowlicks, and how it lays on the head. Using products and blow drying can camouflage a sub-par cut. With a dry cut, the client actually sees the haircut as it moves along.

Earlier you mentioned the “boing” effect. Can you explain?

This is what happens when hair is cut wet, then shrinks as it dries. The dry cut allows stylists to remove just the right amount of length.

You said dry cutting isn’t popular with many stylists. Why do you think they resist using this method?

For one thing, it just takes longer. You work with smaller sections of hair. There’s something called a guide line which we use when we cut, and it’s much harder to keep track of with dry hair.

It’s also murder on the scissors. They dull much faster cutting dry hair. Professional shear sharpening can cost between $35 and $50, a real disincentive for a lot of stylists. Top quality scissors hold their edge longer, and that’s what you need for this kind of precise cut.

So you don’t wash the hair, blow dry it, or use product, typically. Does that mean a dry cut turns out to be a faster trip to the salon?

The usual appointment with a stylist is broken down into 10 or 15 minutes for a shampoo, 15 minutes for the cut, and the last 15 for a blow dry. About 45 minutes. This is how it’s taught in school.

I take about an hour, but spend the first 15 minutes or more consulting with the client. First of all, I ask you to come in wearing your hair as you normally would. I look at the shape of your face, how your hair falls, your style; I ask about your lifestyle: are you crazy busy or do you have time to spend on your hair in the morning? What do you like about your hair; what drives you crazy? I need a crystal clear vision of what you want before I pick up my scissors. I’m not saying other stylists don’t do this, but that this is how I spend the first few minutes with my clients.  The rest of the time I spend on actually cutting your hair.

Excerpt of an article taken about Jen Brumm from the Metrowest Daily News.  The full article can be found at http://m.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20120824/News/308249917