Dry Cuts for All Hair Types

At The Hive Salon, we cater to waves, curls, and coils differently than most. We embrace texture rather than try to run from it, and we encourage you to love your hair and do the same. To help you achieve a truly low maintenance haircut that you can work with, we offer separate haircutting services catered to your unique texture.

Early in Jen Cortez’s career they learned that curly hair can look best when it’s cut while it’s dry, not wet. Each curl has it’s own unique stretch factor, shape, and size that cannot be accounted for when wet- leading to uneven layers, holes, frizz, and triangular shapes. At The Hive, we practice Jen’s unique method of curl shaping, done while the hair is 100% dry, based on how the curl lays naturally.

We do not represent any outside company or brand’s cutting methods. Simply put, we are a salon that believes in nurturing textured hair into it’s healthiest state possible by using plant derived styling products, gentle styling methods, and dry hair cutting techniques. All stylists offering curly specific haircut appointments have completed an intense curl training course designed by Jen Cortez, and receive ongoing training in the art and science of working on all textures of curly hair. Jen Cortez has been practicing dry haircutting on curly hair since 2005.

What you can expect during your appointment. 

When you come in for your cut, your stylist will consult with you and assess your hair based on it’s current health, length, and desired shape. Your stylist will educate you on the ‘low-to-no shampoo’ lifestyle, the benefits of 100% plant based products on your curls, and how to properly hydrate and style your hair. All haircutting will take place while your hair is 100% dry and will not incorporate razors, brushes, combs, texturizing shears, or thinning shears. Each curl will be cut individually to length that not only complements the curl, but also the shape and style desired. If absolutely necessary, your stylist will cleanse and style your hair before the cut, but for most, the styling and finishing happens last*. Before leaving, your stylist will give you tip cards that summarize how to care for your hair, what types of products to use, and will recommend a care and cut routine suited to your needs.

If the hair needs a complete cleansing and re-styling before and after the haircut, an additional charge will be applied to compensate for the extra time required if it’s available, or you may be rescheduled. To avoid this, please follow our steps for haircut preparation.

How to best prepare your hair for your cut:

These steps are crucial to getting the best cut possible. To work with your hair, we need to see your curl pattern, and how you style your curls. Do not come with slept-on, or second-day hair as it will be significantly flatter and longer, and cannot be effectively cut dry. 

  • Wash your hair with your favorite products or method. After washing, leave your hair very wet. Do not brush your hair or detangle yet.

  • Apply your favorite styling products.

  • Use your hands to rake the ends of your hair to detangle, and then scrunch well.

  • Air dry or diffuse- whichever is your typical method.

If you air-dry, make sure you start early enough so that your hair is 100% dry before arriving at the salon

Avoid: tucking your hair behind your ears or using clips, ponytails, barrettes, brushes, braids, curling irons, or flat-irons on your hair as this will impede our ability to asses your hairs natural texture and curl pattern. If you color your hair elsewhere, wait until after your haircut to get your hair colored- hair color affects your curls texture. If you’re getting your hair colored here, we will cut your curls before applying your color.

These same rules apply when coming in for a color appointment- this way we can tailor your Foils, Balayage, or other creative coloring techniques to either blend seamlessly, or ribbon through your curls depending on your preference.



Q. What makes a dry cut so special?

A. With a dry haircut, we can tailor the length of each individual ringlet or wave so that when dry, they all compliment each other and fall into a shape that compliments you. With a dry haircut, we leave 100% of the physical weight in each curl so that they can become defined, and the volume can be controlled. We visually remove weight by cutting each curl at a length that’s appropriate for the look we’re trying to achieve. Because the hair has been shaped for it’s unique texture, you get a haircut that lasts longer, resists looking frizzy or frazzled, and doesn’t look like a triangle. Plus, you get to watch your haircut transform before your eyes instead of keeping your fingers crossed as clumps of wet hair hit the floor!

Q. Do curly cuts cost more than cuts for straight hair?

A. As long as you come with your hair properly prepped, a curly appointment doesn’t take much longer than a standard appointment and costs the same. However, let’s say for an example you come in with your hair pulled back in a clip or ponytail- we have to completely style your hair before we can cut it, plus we may have to style it again, which adds considerable time to the appointment and then we’ll have to charge for the extra time.

Q. Are you a Deva Salon?

A. Nope. All stylists are trained using our in-house method, created by Jen, who is a self taught curl sculptor with over 13 years experience. Jen has no affiliation to Devachan, nor has Jen received any Deva training.

Q. Who can I book a cut with?

A. Any stylist who comes up as an option for wavy/curly or tight/coily is fully trained and capable of giving you a great cut for your curls.

Q. Whats the difference between a waves/curls/spirals haircut and a highly textured haircut?

A. The waves/curles/spirals option is for those with loose waves to finger width sized curls (2a-3c), and the coily/highly textured option is for those whose curls range from drinking straw, to even smaller and tighter kinks (4a-4c and tighter). The reason for the different services is that with coily/highly textured hair types, their hair needs extra time and care to be properly conditioned, detangled, and styled, so that appointment has additional time to compensate.

Q. Can I get a dry cut if I sometimes wear my hair straight?

A. Absolutely! Depending on how often you wear your hair straight we will tailor your cut to either lean towards perfection when it’s smooth, or perfection when it’s in it’s natural state. This means we may collectively decide that a wet cut is best, or another deviation of our standard dry cut. We will discuss all of these options with you before you make your decision. 

Q. Do I need a consultation before booking an appointment?

A. Not at all, but if you’re more comfortable meeting your stylist beforehand you can book a 15 minute complimentary consultation. All cuts include a consultation before any cutting takes place.

Q. How do you know so much about curly hair if you have straight hair?

A. Education. There is a science and fact to curly hair that can be learned by anyone, regardless of their own hair texture.

Q. Do you have hair products specifically for curly hair?

A. Because the ‘one size fits all’ mentality doesn’t work with the broad spectrum of textures that make up curly hair, we don’t carry a “for curls only” product line. We do however carry several 100% plant-based product lines that work for all textures when properly recommended and used.

Q. What makes your products different?

A. Our products are 100% plant based and contain no plastics, silicone of any kind, petroleum products, sulphates, artificial fragrances, parabens, heavy film-forming agents, artificial colors, phthalates, or propylene glycol. With curly hair, avoiding plastics, petrols, and silicone is  important because those ingredients interfere with your hair’s ability to accept and retain moisture, leading to dry, shapeless, frizz prone hair.

Q. Do I have to get a dry haircut if I have curly hair?

A. Not at all- some clients prefer the look that a razor, or a wet cut can give. When booking, please let us know so we can recommend a cutter experienced in wet cutting curls, or razoring.