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Just curious, did you go back for another Deva cut? Did the cut “wear” well after a few weeks? My hair is similar to yours and I’m on the fence about going to a Deva stylist.
AJ, I did go back once, and walked out feeling like a wavy-haired Prince Valiant. Did it wear well? No, but only because I paid a [surprisingly rude] stylist to lop it off seven days later. My previous Deva cut grew out gracefully or would have if I’d kept it longer than six weeks… Hair is my nemesis. Truly.
Both of the stylists at Salon Bliss gave me skillful cuts. The problem was/is my dissatisfaction with my fine, wispy, weightless hair.
Things to note:
1) You may have better luck finding Deva-certified stylists if you live close to NYC. I lived in eastern Pennsylvania during my Curly Girl experiments but was so disappointed with my results (as described here) that I quit the whole shebang when we moved to New Mexico.
2) I paid $40 for each of my Deva-style cuts. Visiting the actual Devachan salon would cost a lot more. If I’d paid $100+ at a fancy New York salon and walked out feeling like Prince Valiant, I might still be swearing.
3) Looks like the Deva training only lasts three days. So how thorough is it, and does it justify the prices Deva-trained stylists sometimes charge? The book more or less teaches you their trimming and styling techniques, so maybe you could start there. (Linked to the updated and expanded version on Amazon; it’s far more thorough than the original.)
4) Some of the Devacurl products might not be ideal for your hair. I bought the travel-sized sample kit and didn’t like anything enough to buy it again. Check Makeup Alley or Naturally Curly for reviews from customers with hair like yours/ours. Furthermore, when you realize what they’re charging for duckbill clips (which you can buy anywhere else for what, $5? and skip the $6 shipping), you may become suspicious of their other prices as well.
4.5) If you try clipping your roots upright for volume at the crown, consider using jaw clips instead of the duckbill kind. The duckbills are fiddly and prone to falling over. But you may prefer something metal if you’ll be blow-drying, so hey. Just tryin’ to help.
5) A person with thick, corkscrew or coiled hair could walk out of a Deva salon feeling like a million bucks. But I’ve been just as happy with ‘normal’ haircuts that cost less, so long as the stylist in question was skilled— and I mean skilled, not necessarily expensive. As a woman with fine, non-thick, flyaway hair, poring over pictures of Deva’s models and their bouncy, shoulder-to-shoulder spirals left me more and more dissatisfied. Their techniques seem sound, but their marketing can be bad for morale.
Looking back at my Deva cuts above, they weren’t half so bad as I remember… but I so desperately hoped that following their routine and using their products could make me look like ‘one of them,’ the letdown was inevitable. Pretty pathetic, eh?
6) You might check out the fine hair threads at Naturally Curly and or the Long Hair Community. There’s so little good advice for fine-haired people in magazines, it’s worth seeking out friends who know what you’re experiencing. There’s a writer called Firefox7275 (at both sites) who gives excellent, logical advice for all kinds of hair.
7) It’s pronounced like “diva,” not day-va. I wish someone had told me sooner. Few of us can be bothered to find the correct diacritical mark for the e. Clearly, I can’t!
Here are two Spring 2013 photos of my dual-personality hair. Handling and climate make a HUGE difference for me— if I’m remembering correctly, I used the same products on both days:
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