A while ago I read an article in Harper’s Bazaar about dry cutting hair. The writer described some of the situations in which dry cutting is preferred. At the time this method of cutting was very popular and I shared my thoughts in my blog. It still is, so I thought it would be a good time for me to revisit the subject. 

I have never been much of a dry cutter myself. Outside of bang trims and finishing touches on a cut after the blowout, I prefer to cut freshly shampooed wet hair. Wet hair allows me to manipulate the hair easier and make cleaner partings for cutting.  For most clients, a wet haircut is best. Nevertheless, I have found situations where the best option is the dry cut method.

There are several benefits of dry cutting hair. Let’s discuss a few.

Customize the Curly Haircut

Some curly hair can benefit hugely from dry cutting. Dry cutting curly hair allows the stylist to see how the curls naturally lay and customize the cut based on curl pattern and texture. Be forewarned, though – dry cutting curly hair is not precision cutting and there may not be the fluidity in the shape when styled straight and smooth.

Shaping Wavy and Straight Hair

Sometimes dry cutting wavy and straighter hair types may give a better read on how the hair will move and how layers will fall  than cutting wet hair. What you see now is how it will look.

Fine and Thin Hair

Some fine, thin, and fragile hair types especially benefit from dry cutting. When hair is wet, it stretches when combing and brushing. Stretching can cause breakage on damaged hair and increase the shedding for clients who have medical or hormonal issues.

Whether a dry cut might be best for you really depends on your hair type and goals for your hair. If curious, talk with your stylist to see if a dry haircut may be right for you. Don’t worry – you can still have that fabulous Michael Anthony Salon shampoo experience. We will dry your hair before we cut it.

Enjoy your hair!


Michael Anthony Salon DC, a Michael Anthony Select Salon, is considered by many to be the best in the entire DC metro region. We are passionate about doing hair and work with each and every client to create the look that is right for them. Led by Mickey – aka Michael Anthony – each of our stylists is a highly trained professional. Schedule an appointment and find out for yourself!