Yea! Another Ouidad 3c/4a! Hope you continue to enjoy your cut.
I've been getting a Ouidad carve/slite cut since Ouidad did a book tour/style demo in my town (Boston, MA). Ouidad went through the audience and did a quick touch and eval for those who wanted her to, on the state of our hair. She fingered my (at the time) shapeless, thick, dry, slightly relaxed, bushy, curly hair like the hair fairy, said I should condition once a week and try the carving and slicing cut, and man, I was converted. Being a woman of color who has gone to black hair salons (with mixed results), it was extremely stressful emotionally for me to go to a white hairdresser, but no more stressful than going to a new salon.
I've had my hair cut the Ouidad/curly way 2-3 times a year for around 3 years now. My original stylist left, and I have a new one and am even more happy with her. I stopped light relaxing my hair to loosen the texture (last relaxer 8/2005) and I am a happy camper. Yes, it's tighter, but good texture and shape. And it allows me to use permanet color as I get every grayer.
The salon (Carriage House in Cambridge, MA) switched over from Ouidad to Curlisto products (I don't know why) and they work just as well or better. But I still stick with Ouidad Botanical Boost because it is incredible stuff. And no, it's not cheap, but think of how much $$$ we spent on relaxers. As a contrast I recently consulted at the top black salon in Chestnut Hill about a textured hair solution, MA and the stylist wanted to blow-dry my hair straight before she cut it. And I paid $30 for this consult!!!
For those in the Toronto area, I just discovered Jonathan Torch at http://curlkeeper.com/
. His methods seem to be similar to Ouidad's (he calls his cut "tunneling"). I just ordered his starter kit...we shall see.