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Old 02-14-2006, 06:05 PM   #1
 
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Default Ouidad cut meets 4a African Canadian hair- Day 1

Just today, I got my first Ouidad cut on my African Canadian 4a hair. It was an experience- but I think it worked! I was happier walking out of the salon that I have ever been with any chemically relaxed style.

I liked the fact that the stylist took the time to explain everything to me, (there's a whole procedure for using the many, many products) and the staff were very friendly.

But I wasn't as thrilled with the impression that they had not worked on African hair before. This might have something to do with so many women walking around with weaves in Toronto, but I really felt like this was something new to them.

But lo and behold, it worked. My hair is behavin like it never had before.
IT'S NOT FRIZZY, and the cute curls are slightly stretched and well-defined. So far, I love it.

But *damn* was it ever expensive. Cut, deep condition, and a bag of products was $375 Canadian including tax. Do you think this is worth it?
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if you like it, it was worth it!!!
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where are the pics????
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if you like it, it was worth it!!!
ITA!

I'd love to see pics!
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I went to Ouidad to get a special cut for curly heads but they said my hair was to kinky. I can't remember the name of the haircut? What was yours called?

If you LOVE it, then it's worth every penny.
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I went to Ouidad to get a special cut for curly heads but they said my hair was to kinky. I can't remember the name of the haircut? What was yours called?

If you LOVE it, then it's worth every penny.

ConchShells do you think it was because they hadn't done that many AA hair that's tightly coiled? BTW-I looked at your pictures- you have some lovely hair.
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ITA!

I'd love to see pics!


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Old 02-16-2006, 04:35 PM   #8
 
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I went to Ouidad to get a special cut for curly heads but they said my hair was to kinky. I can't remember the name of the haircut? What was yours called?

If you LOVE it, then it's worth every penny.

ConchShells do you think it was because they hadn't done that many AA hair that's tightly coiled? BTW-I looked at your pictures- you have some lovely hair.
Thank you travelgirl. It just came back to me. The haircut was called carve and slice or maybe that's the method. The guy just told me that the cut would not work on my hairtype. Maybe it was just his inexperience.
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Old 02-17-2006, 09:08 AM   #9
 
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Default Re: Ouidad cut meets 4a African Canadian hair- Day 1

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Just today, I got my first Ouidad cut on my African Canadian 4a hair. It was an experience- but I think it worked! I was happier walking out of the salon that I have ever been with any chemically relaxed style.

I liked the fact that the stylist took the time to explain everything to me, (there's a whole procedure for using the many, many products) and the staff were very friendly.

But I wasn't as thrilled with the impression that they had not worked on African hair before. This might have something to do with so many women walking around with weaves in Toronto, but I really felt like this was something new to them.

But lo and behold, it worked. My hair is behavin like it never had before.
IT'S NOT FRIZZY, and the cute curls are slightly stretched and well-defined. So far, I love it.


But *damn* was it ever expensive. Cut, deep condition, and a bag of products was $375 Canadian including tax. Do you think this is worth it?
For the reasons bolded, I think it was definantly worth it. Sounds like a good experience overall. I'd love to see some pics too!!
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Old 02-18-2006, 12:43 AM   #10
 
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I'd love to show you some pics, but unfortunately my digital camera doesn't pick up the detail (it's a crap camera ). Will keep trying.

On day 4 the curls have shrunken a bit, so now it looks like my regular 4a hair with gel in it-- but am still getting compliments like crazy from friends and strangers.

It was the carve and slice method. I think my stylist was willing to experiment, since the ouidad website and training says that carve and slice works on any type of hair. It's basically given me sort of more even layers throughout my hair as opposed to the random half-layers that I had before when my old hairdresser straightened my hair before trimming. I wonder what happens when they start to grow out though.... ;P

This is the first trim I've had *with scissors* on my 4a curls while they were wet, and I still like it. I think next time I will skip the hard sell on the product- which would cut the cost in half.
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Congrats on your cut! I'm glad you like it
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Old 05-29-2006, 02:59 PM   #12
 
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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.
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