As some of you have seen from my FB and Instagram page, I finally got a Deva Cut. I haven’t had my hair cut in over 6 years. I found that even though I was trimming my hair, or at least I thought I was trimming it correctly, it still didn’t have the shape, and my curls were not poppin’ like I wanted them to. Each time I “trimmed” my hair it would still be difficult to comb, and there were ample tangles throughout my hair. I finally made the choice to get a haircut.
What the Heck is A Deva Cut?
If you don’t know what a Deva Cut is, it’s a curly hair cutting technique that was made by Lorainne Massey. Instead of the usual washing your hair, styling, and then cutting it. This method cuts your hair when it’s still dry before you wash it to make sure they cut it in its natural state when dry. This method works because we (curly, coily and kinky) girls know that when our hair is wet it can give a little more length than when it’s dry. You know what I’m talking about—that SHRINKAGE!! Cutting your hair prior to washing lets your stylist know how to cut your hair so it shapes your face nicely and gives you exactly what you’re looking for.
The salon I went to was Imago Salon in Richmond, VA for my Deva Cut experience. I’ll be honest with you, part of me wanted to run out of there. I’m not trying to be biased or anything, but when I didn’t see anyone in the salon who looks like me or has hair like mine, I got a little nervous to even go in. When I first called I made sure that they knew I was an African American woman with curly/kinky hair. I had to make sure they knew I needed a stylist to work with my hair type. This brought me to Shea, a master stylist at Imago Salon. Shea is a young Caucasian lady who looks to have straight hair. The first thing I thought was, “what is she going to know about my hair?”
Never judge a book by its cover.
This is a cliché, however, Shea was awesome and made sure to address all my concerns and understand what I wanted. In the first five minutes of talking with Shea you can tell that she has done her training and knows what she is talking about. She gave me her recommendations, and we collaborated to make the best Deva Cut experience. As soon as she started she pulled a curl and cut it. It was amazing seeing her work. It felt like an artistic technique every time she pulled on a curl. Especially, how she knew exactly where to cut to get more volume on the bottom vs. the top. Shea is amazing. She went through my hair, taught me tips to get my best wash n’ go, and how to get the volume I want. I want to make sure you know what you want and do your research for any hairstyle. I could have easily went to an all-natural hair salon, but I specifically want my curly girl shape up (which is what I call it) also known as a Deva Cut. I only lost about 2 to 3 inches in length but my curls are more defined and so much easier to detangle. And of course, I’m loving my lil’ bang action going on in the front. A lot of hair salons have you blow out and straighten your hair for a trim or cut. Know that it’s not necessary. Websites such as Google search and devacurl.com help you find a deva salon near you.
Have you ever received a Deva Cut? Do you want to? How was your experience?