Alright, long, detailed review coming right up
So I emailed on Wednesday about getting an appointment for my first Devacut, and they emailed back about fitting me in on Thursday (ended up being Friday because Thursday didn't work for me). They let me know to come in with naked hair dried naturally, which worried me at first because I was afraid my waves wouldn't really show up naked. When I asked about it and voiced my concerns, the manager told me that the reason behind having my hair naked was so they could move their hands through my hair to do the dry cut.
My appointment was at 2:30 on Friday with Robin; I arrived there around 2:20, and she came to get me from the waiting area around 2:35 (I've had situations where I've waited half an hour so five minutes was fine). She was extremely nice and when she sat me down, she listened to my concerns (that I felt my hair was weighted down, even though I had long layers; that even thought right after diffusing my waves looked perky, after a few minutes they seemed to become limp which I thought was probably also due to the weight; that I didn't mind losing a few inches but I wanted to keep most of the length), mostly restating what I said in her own words so I knew she understood. I came in with my hair diffused with a tiny bit of Curl Keeper scrunched in, no gel at all, which she said was fine, they just couldn't really do a dry cut if a person were to come in extremely crunchy with LALSG or something like that (which is why they tell people to come in with naked hair - if you go in with "nearly naked" hair aka almost no product, you'll be fine).
She spent a good amount of time on my dry cut (having me lean one side and then the other), while giving me some good tips and telling me more about curly hair. She had an apprentice there (Nicole), who was listening to all the information she mentioned too. Even before she washed and styled my hair after the cut, I could already see a huge difference once the dry cut was done. She did take out a good bit of hair but kept the length pretty close to the same. My hair simply felt a lot lighter and without doing any additional styling, I could already tell my waves were more springy.
After she finished the dry cut, her apprentice shampooed and conditioned me (all the while explaining technique and giving a very nice head rub, being very careful not to get any water in my face or anything), and then had me flip my hair over and scrunched in Deva ArcAngell (she also explained her technique for how she applied the gel). Once I came back right side up, she gave me a mirror and showed me how to clip (which I had mentioned I was interested in learning) and then put me under a dryer and let my hair dry for probably 15 minutes.
After that, Robin came to check on me and felt to see if my hair was dry. I originally thought my hair was completely dry, but when she brought me back to her chair, she diffused the last little damp parts, scrunched my hair, and then did some final adjustments to the cut. I was more than thrilled with my results (I'm attaching a before and after photo so you can see for yourself), and felt it was well worth the $90. I honestly would have paid more (and $100 is my limit for haircuts). I also appreciated the fact that after knowing I've been CG for 6 months or so, she didn't try to push any products on me; she simply asked if I was good on product and when I said yes, said okay and wrote me my "prescription" - a list of suggestions of how to care for your hair (for example, it listed the techniques they used and on mine, she crossed out doing a deep hydration treatment since she knew my hair was fine).
Overall I can't recommend her enough, I'll definitely be going back to her.
(Note, both pictures are using UFD Curly Magic and a hard hold gel - I wanted them to be as accurate as possible as before and after pictures - the ones on the left are "before" and the ones on the right are "after")
2b, fine texture, normal porosity & elasticity (CG as of 12/2011)
UFD Rich & Funky
VO5 Kiwi Lime
Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse
^^ day 1 of going CG; avatar = 6 months later