Clipper cutting is best done on dry hair because wet hair likes to bend or travel away from the clipper blades as it moves through the hair. If it is wet, expect to cut and recut, and recut…
If the hair has kinks or bends from “hat hair” or “bed head”, a water treatment is called for. Use a spray bottle to wet the hair–after a couple of minutes the hair softens, then a brush can be used to help the hair lay the way it wants. Less than a minute of drying the hair and it is ready for clipper cutting.
Scissor cutting is best done with the hair wet. Wet hair cuts easier with scissors, and it falls away better so you avoid those annoying little cut ends being on your customers face and neck.
Remember, when scissor cutting wet hair around the perimeter (bangs, ears, and neck), the final laying length will rise up and lay higher than it was when cutting. This is because wet hair wants to lay flat on the scalp, but when it dries it has body which causes the edges to rise up higher. For example, if you are scissor cutting wet hair and your customer wants their hair to cover the top half inch of their ear, you need to do the edge cutting down at the halfway point (or lower) on the ear.
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Norwegian term for damaged or burdensome hair