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Last updated: June 17, 2019

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Dry-Cutting

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5 Reasons Why You Should Be Dry-Cutting

Are you dry-cutting yet? Some of LA’s top cutters swear by it to create those coveted bobs, lobs and long layers. Keep scrolling for five reasons why you should be cutting dry from Buddy Porter (@buddywporter), Matt Swinney (@matt.swinney) and Sal Salcedo (@salsalhair)—three artists who took the stage at BTC’s first cutting-only show, One Night Stand.


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1. Everyone Wears Their Hair Dry

Buddy, an LA-based cutter who works with celebs like Shailene Woodley and Emma Roberts, likes to cut dry simply because, “No one wears their hair wet. Everyone wears their hair dry.”


2. Dry Hair Creates A Visual

Stylists are known for being visual learners, which is another reason why Buddy likes to dry cut. While cutting wet hair will give you more control, Buddy says dry-cutting will allow you to approach a cut more visually.


For example, once you create the guideline, from there you can visually access whether you should soften the line by point-cutting vertically or need to add texture by point-cutting at an angle.



3. Dry-Cutting Is An Art Form

For LA-based Sal, who has 160k Instagram followers, dry-cutting is a way to chisel away at the hair and take away what doesn’t need to be there—something you can only see when the hair is dry. Plus, then you can move directly into styling, instead of taking up time with a blow-dry. Sal finishes his dry cuts with amika un.done texture spray or amika perk up dry shampoo to accentuate the texture he’s created.


Matt, L’ANZA Healing Haircare Global Creative Director, agreed saying, “When you cut the hair dry you can actually see and sculpt and create…as opposed to cutting layers on wet hair and then going back in to texturize.”


A before & after of Sal’s model. // Makeup by Danielle Lettieri (@themakeupguruchicago)


4. Sections Don’t Have To Be Perfect

One of the best things about dry-cutting? Sections don’t have to be perfect. 🙌🏼 “The important thing is to see the density of the section, feel the head and accentuate bone structure,” said Buddy.


To show off the cut, Buddy likes to finish with Virtue® Finale Shaping Spray because it gives his styles touchable hold and soft shine while blocking frizz.


5. Sal’s Hair Dusting Technique

And if you’re still not convinced that dry-cutting is for you, why not give Sal’s hair dusting technique a try? In cosmetology school, Sal would finish his haircuts way before the rest of his class, so he’d spend that extra time cleaning up the split ends on his mannequin. Now, he applies this same technique to the clients in his chair.


Here’s how it works: It’s a technique that involves snipping off dry, broken and split pieces of hair throughout the midlengths, leaving hair shinier and healthier. Plus, it ultimately helps those damaged hairs grow faster. Watch how Sal does it in the gif below: