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Dry doesn't lie.

Putting your locks at the mercy of the hands of any stylist, no matter how genius, makes sinking into that salon chair less than relaxing. Try as we might, there’s a slow simmering of anxiety radiating beneath the cool and collected façade every time, upon every snip. A Southern woman’s hair is her forever crown—her first impression and finishing touch. So wet strands flying and scissors snapping make our hearts go a bit aflutter. Our inner monologue goes a little like: Is that where I usually part my hair? Should I have asked for one inch instead of two inches off? I’m pretty sure I never said I wanted bangs—did I black out?

You can’t see the result until after the fact, when your sheared tresses have been blown out. By then, what’s done is done. Why, then, is it necessary to have your hair cut when it’s wet? When it’s virtually indiscernible from Sally’s hair in the next chair? Well, as professional hair stylists confirm, it’s completely not necessary; nor is it in your best interest.

Ladies are flocking to the dry haircut like bees to honey, and we’re finally seeing the light. The number one reason why you should get your hair cut dry: You get a completely individualized, customized, personalized look. (Can I get an amen?) When you are getting your hair cut while wet, stylists are following a very precise, methodical technique they learned in school. When cutting dry, the stylist can see and feel your texture and natural movement. The stylist can see exactly where the weight is and where highlights fall. The stylist can see cowlicks and thickness. The stylist is searching for answers, and there’s nowhere for them to hide.

Jon Reyman, master hairstylist and founder of Spoke & Weal salon, put it fittingly in an interview with Glamour: “It's the difference between a custom tailored suit and a suit off the rack."

Cutting hair wet is a thing because it’s just always been a thing. There’s no particular reason it needs to be done that way, and we sense that tides are slowly changing. Honestly, doesn’t it make sense to cut your hair in the state in which you wear it? And how many times has two inches off magically turned into four once your haircut is blown out?

Anh Co Tran, celebrity hair stylist and one-half of the famed Ramirez-Tran Salon, told Today.com: “When hair is wet, it’s too condensed because the weight of the water pulls the hair down.” He goes on, “When hair is dry, we can really assess what’s going on.”

For curly-haired ladies, the dry haircut is absolutely a game-changer. Revolutionary hair brand, DevaCurl, uses its cutting method (known as the DevaCut) to sculpt curl-by-curl, exclusively while dry. It allows stylists to see the curl pattern, work with the texture, and enhance natural shape. It creates a custom design for each client, which is what we’re all looking for, right?

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Remember: Dry hair doesn’t lie. Next time you’re booking an appointment, find a stylist with experience in dry cutting. Your salon trip will be less surprises, more perfection.