Ask Chuck: Hair cuts - dry or wet - which is best?

Nov. 17, 2011 at 5:17 a.m.

By Charles Colson

Every time I get my hair cut, my hairdresser demands to cut it wet. Each time, it turns out different. Would a dry cut be much better?

Yes, in many ways, but since the 1980s, hairdressers were taught mainly to cut hair wet instead of dry. Therefore, you will find only certain few who still cut hair dry and wet. The reason your hair turns out different each time is mainly because when hair is wet, it expands and stretches more so than when it is dry.

Have you ever had a wet haircut and wondered, when you got home, why the style seemed to have shrunk? Even though you just wanted a trim.

When hair is wet, it is easy to cut off more length without realizing it. This is certainly apparent when cutting natural wavy hair. Feel free to ask your hairdresser to cut your hair dry if these problems have ever occurred. It might be best to ask your stylist to trim your hair dry, shampoo, condition and then simply shape it when wet. I bet both of you will be perfectly happy with the results. Your hairdresser should appreciate your honesty and opinion.

My hair is thin and needs extra help in giving it body. My best friend says to never tease it because teasing has gone completely out of style. This is hard for me to believe. Is this really true?

Teasing of hair has been prevalent since the early ages. In fact, it was related to ratting of hair to build up a strong cushion to create the early pompadour style. It is interesting how, even in the '60s, if we didn't tease or rat hair high enough, we might easily lose a client. Now, if we don't bring the style low enough, we face the same possibility.

Always remember that hair was and will always remain the same hair. Yes, teasing is still in style and will remain that way because each type of hair needs its own personal attention to create the best body and volume for styles.

If you will take notice, the bouffant hair styles are gradually returning since many styles circulate about every 10 to 15 years.

If you would rather your best friend not know you tease your hair, tell her you are just having it french laced. Would you believe that is what it was called before teasing ever was mentioned? What a soft way of handling this solution.

My hair is super dark. Can I go blonde in one session?

Not safely. It would take two to three sessions to bring it to a healthy looking blonde shade.

However, each stage it is left can be made attractive until your choice of blonde is achieved. The goal should always be to keep the hair on the head and healthy, rather than the alternative.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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