I Am Enraged With Devacare!!!!!

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I am pissed at the outcome of the DevaCare line and i say line b/c i practically purchased everything from the no-poo to the curlagel, not to mention it was PRICEY. I mistakenly used this products no-poo & condition one first thing after taking out my braids. My hair was unrecognizable, it was as though some1 stole my texture and pass their dry, brittle, tangled hair to me. I didnt think to blame it on the product since i heard so many great things about it,(its supose to be damb near perfect) so i blamed the fact that my hair was growing out on the matter. Next day i use completely diffrent products and meraculouslly my texture is back to soft, i thought it was coincidence so i decided to give devacare one last chance...HUGE mistake!! it left my hair worse than it was b4k very tangled and supper dry and to add insult to injury, my scalp is dry, flacky and itchy!!! now i am under a dryer, upset, doing a DC in hopes that i can get this stuff out of my hair! I am soo disapointed at the outcome because i had high hopes for this product and it left me writting this thread. If you are a sista with kinky hair do not make the same mistake i made. you dont get what you pay for when it comes to hair products because my v05 conditioner cost me just $1 and gets the job done. I wish there was a post like this from sistas with 4 hair types warning me b4 spending $56 on some products i wasnt going to use.
please post products you've had a bad experience for. thanks for sharing
hair type: 4a VERY dense

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= WL Aug. 23, 2013

My hair LOVES oil

2. "Being natural must be the new crack cus im hooked!!"

“Being happy doesn't mean that everything is
perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

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couldn't agree with you more. don't love these products. Their conditioner couldn't be more unhelpful. z-e-r-o slip/detangling help.... get on the swap board and get yourself something good b/c a lot of people DO like it!
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last relaxer: November 2008
big chop: November 2009
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I'm curious to know what made you buy this stuff. I've been on the natural hair boards since late 2007 and I've never seen many rave reviews on it. I tend to try stuff that the masses recommend, not the few.

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personally...bought it before I was on the hair boards along with a bunch of Miss Jessie's stuff. suffice it to say, it was an expensive lesson
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last relaxer: November 2008
big chop: November 2009
4a, fine, dense, teeny weeny coils with low porosity


I'm so sorry to hear you had a bad experience with DevaCare. I guess I am one of the few that actually likes the NoPoo and One Conditioner. I first tried it at a salon so luckily I saw what the outcome was before I spent a whole bunch of money on the products, and actually that was why I bought it.

I wont say it's one of my staples since African black soap work just as fine as NoPoo for me and is a fraction of the price, but I do alternate my washes between poo bars and NoPoo since co-washing doesnt work for me.

I guess now I know why I dont see many reviews on the product. I tried the Mist-er Right and the B'Leave-in conditioner after success with the NoPoo and it was a big FAIL.

I agree though. Put it on the swap board. Someone will take it.
Over 10 years natural and still growing...
I have spent the last 2 days doing all i can to wash this desaster out my hair and so far NO luck!! I AM SOO FRUSTRATED AND HELPLESS!! I have no idea what to do to get my hair back to its state, and to make matters worse i spent $56 worth of the DevaCare line and dont know how to get my money back! If you have any idea of what i should try please, please, please send me some suggestions, I AM DESPERATE!!!!
hair type: 4a VERY dense

hair goal
= WL Aug. 23, 2013

My hair LOVES oil

2. "Being natural must be the new crack cus im hooked!!"

“Being happy doesn't mean that everything is
perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

www.fotki.com/dee-nature-619

I would try to wash with a clarifying shampoo. Maybe the Kinky Curly Come Clean since it is sulfate free and wont strip your hair, or something like it. A good drug store brand would be cream of nature's moisturizing shampoo. Then I would do a good moisturizing deep conditioner. Maybe you will have to do this 2 or 3 times over the next week or so to rebalance your hair, but that should help. In the meantime, try to keep it moisturized and protected (braids/twists).
Over 10 years natural and still growing...
I never personally used Devacare. Sorry you had a bad experience. Sounds like you got some great advice about getting your hair back to normal.

Before you buy, just post a thread and check the product reviews sections of the site. Also check if the company has sample sizes.
Last relaxer - July 07
BC - 8/2/08
4B headband-holic
Products in rotation (too many!):
Shampoo - Giovanni Smooth as Silk, Giovanni Tea Tree
Condish - Giovanni Smooth as Silk, Trader Joe Nourish Spa
Leave in - Sheamoisture Curl Milk, KCNT, Giovanni Direct
Deep Treatment - Apoghee Two Step Protein Treatment, Giovanni Nutrafix
Moisturizers - Carefree Curl Gold Spray
Stylers - Sheamoisture Curl Smoothie
I don't really like the deva care line either. Thankfully it wasn't a disaster, but I spent a lot of money too and got pretty much zip. I agree with sobecurl, clarifying should get it out. If you don't have access to the Come Clean, I've heard people say that the VO5 clarifier is good. You can pick it up just about any where for a dollar or two.
Currently:Alaffia Shea & Coconut Enriching Shampoo, Alaffia Virgin Coconut & Shea Enriching Hair Lotion, Qhemet Amla Olive Heavy Cream, Qhemet Honeybush Tea Gel.

Last Texturizer: March 12, 2008
BC: July 21, 2008
Hair: Coarse, low porosity, iii.

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"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different outcome". ~ Albert Einstein
You could try doing a white vinegar or apple cider vinegar rinse, too. I use about 2 ounce of vinegar and about 14 ounces of warm water.

1) Shampoo your hair with a gentle shampoo, rinse thorougly.
2)Pour the diluted vinegar over your head (keep your eyes and mouth closed, or it will be a very unpleasant experience). Gently massage your hair and scalp for a few miutes. Rinse throughly.
3) Apply a moisturizing conditioner. Leave on for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Style as usual.

This is what has worked for me in the past to get rid of product build-up.

Good luck!
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mo_gemini, thank you for the advice, i did look into this product and based on the reviews and youtube its the next best thing but man was i wrong. i shld have had better better judgment on the fact that not a lot of 4as commented or have even used it. I will never make that same mistake again. i have contacted devacare and i am currently waiting on a response. I have tried everything from acv, to baking soda rinse to avocado DT and essential oil treatments and so far my hair just laughing at me. NOTHING WORKS!! fortunately other people on here has experienced the same reaction to products and gave me news that the hair will go back to its old state in time. I guess i just wanna see change rite away and that my issue. i will continue DTs and DCs will follow up with the outcome in about a week.Thanks 4 all the suggestions and advice
hair type: 4a VERY dense

hair goal
= WL Aug. 23, 2013

My hair LOVES oil

2. "Being natural must be the new crack cus im hooked!!"

“Being happy doesn't mean that everything is
perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

www.fotki.com/dee-nature-619


Last edited by dee-nature; 03-05-2010 at 06:05 PM.
I've used their one conditioner, arc angell, and no poo, and from what I remember they were nothing special.
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Shampoos: Ion Hard Water Shampoo
Conditioners: Curl Junkie
Stylers: As I Am Smoothing Gel, Jane Carter Incredible Curls, Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter, Hairveda Whipped Gelly
Moisturizers: Camille Rose Moisture Milk, Camille Rose Fresh Curl
Leave-Ins: KBB Sweet Ambrosia
Pomades: Hairveda Almond Glaze
mo_gemini, thank you for the advice, i did look into this product and based on the reviews and youtube its the next best thing but man was i wrong. i shld have had better better judgment on the fact that not a lot of 4as commented or have even used it. I will never make that same mistake again. i have contacted devacare and i am currently waiting on a response. I have tried everything from acv, to baking soda rinse to avocado DT and essential oil treatments and so far my hair just laughing at me. NOTHING WORKS!! fortunately other people on here has experienced the same reaction to products and gave me news that the hair will go back to its old state in time. I guess i just wanna see change rite away and that my issue. i will continue DTs and DCs will follow up with the outcome in about a week.Thanks 4 all the suggestions and advice
Originally Posted by dee-nature
Awww......it will be ok, don't know when, but it will!!
Last relaxer - July 07
BC - 8/2/08
4B headband-holic
Products in rotation (too many!):
Shampoo - Giovanni Smooth as Silk, Giovanni Tea Tree
Condish - Giovanni Smooth as Silk, Trader Joe Nourish Spa
Leave in - Sheamoisture Curl Milk, KCNT, Giovanni Direct
Deep Treatment - Apoghee Two Step Protein Treatment, Giovanni Nutrafix
Moisturizers - Carefree Curl Gold Spray
Stylers - Sheamoisture Curl Smoothie
Ladies,
I just want to inform you all that my hair has restored itself!!!! I took every1s advices kept on DTs, DC follow up with acv and PS to seal moister until my hair couldnt fight it anymore. I am soo thankful for my NC family for holding my hands through this mess. If it wasnt for you, i would have BCd again cus the way my hair was looking, feeing, and not responding 2 anything, i thought there was no turning back. Its bitter/sweet because now i know what striping and coated hair feel like, i also know my hair hates protein and whatever else is in that devacare line. I have learned some valuable lessions these past few days;
1. about products, if you arent absolutely sure whats in it, dont used it!!
2. If you have found a product your hair likes, stop searching for more
3. you dont get what you pay for when it comes to hair products.

As of last week i am no longer a PJ, i figured i have all the products i need and with the new treatments yall schooled me on, I am set for life. The truth is all your hair really needs is a good conditoner, a clarifier, leave-in (curl pudding, etcs) and great essential oils 4 DCs, i have all of this so i will pass the PJ patton to the newbies.

I was able to contact pattie at Devacare, she asked that i emailed her my story and we could proceed from there, that was 3/4 and i still havent heard from her. I really am not to worried about it b/c i did my share of Devacare name bashing on here and on fotki, besides i am getting good offers for the products on the swap board. Bottom line I couldnt have done it with out all of you, i am forever grateful THANKS AMILLION!!!
hair type: 4a VERY dense

hair goal
= WL Aug. 23, 2013

My hair LOVES oil

2. "Being natural must be the new crack cus im hooked!!"

“Being happy doesn't mean that everything is
perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

www.fotki.com/dee-nature-619

the reality of it is everything doesnt work for everyone. if u ever have a hankering to try somehing new, it may be best to buy small quantities to save urself more heartache & money. a few months ago I bought one of the gels ( i think set up.. something like that). literally after one fingertip full i knew i wasnt for me. took that ish back to ulta & got a refund. my hair didnt respond, not to mention the prices for that line are ri-damn-diculous
I'm curious to know what made you buy this stuff. I've been on the natural hair boards since late 2007 and I've never seen many rave reviews on it. I tend to try stuff that the masses recommend, not the few.
Originally Posted by Kinky Rhonnie
+1 The only type 4 I know of on here who uses Deva (or used to) is SuburbanBushBabe. Not to say that it doesn't work for type 4s, but its usually a sign if there aren't a lot of threads about a particular line since there are so many PJs on NC lol.
i used it it was ok...i used the low poo set it was like travel sized products

i dont know i didnt have that experience

was my hair amazing no was it better than some drugstore brands yes

i didnt think it was all that for the price and hassle of going to soho (didnt know rickys carried it) so i switched to aubreys my cousin liked it she has 3b hair
Shampoo: Giovanni 50:50, Nexxus Aloe Rid
Detangling Conditioner: Oyin Honey Hemp, EO Sweet Orange
Cowash Conditioner:
Suave Naturals Sea Breeze, V05 Tea Therapy, Oyin Honey Hemp
Deep Conditioner: CJ Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix, Spa Siam Coconut Hair Mask, Yes to Carrots Mud Mask
Leave-in Conditioner: Afroveda NU Milk Hair Conditioner, CJ Hibiscus & Banana Honey Butta Leave-in, Knot Today
Stylers: SheaMoisture, JC Nourish and Shine, Burdock Root Butter Cream, Afroveda CocoLatte Moisture Mask
have you ever thought of making your own hair care products?

You can use the ingrediants that you know make you hair feel good and keep it healthy. It will also help you to understand which products will work better on your hair.

just a thought.....
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  • Last Relaxer: 6/2001
  • Moisturizer: Raw unrefined shea butter, virgin coconut oil cream
  • Daily Spritz: recipe of Aloe Vera Gel, water & glycerine with some peppermint essential oil for a little tingle
  • Remember HAPPY hair is HEALTHY Hair.
I'm curious to know what made you buy this stuff. I've been on the natural hair boards since late 2007 and I've never seen many rave reviews on it. I tend to try stuff that the masses recommend, not the few.
Originally Posted by Kinky Rhonnie
+1 The only type 4 I know of on here who uses Deva (or used to) is SuburbanBushBabe. Not to say that it doesn't work for type 4s, but its usually a sign if there aren't a lot of threads about a particular line since there are so many PJs on NC lol.
Originally Posted by MixedUpCurlyChick
yeah, i don't think their chemists had 4b hair in mind when formulating that line. based on the reviews, it works best for 3b-2 hair.
I wasn't going to say this but I guess others are hinting at it. It seems like they are catering to a certain clientele... aka not 3C hair and up.
Hair type: Mostly 3C, medium porosity to high porosity depending on the day, dense, fluffy, dry, tangly!



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