Deva Cut

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Are deva cuts worth the extra money? Can you share your experience with me if you've had a deva cut. Before and after pics too if possible!
Just starting CG (04/18/13)
2C/3A hair, medium texture, normal porosity (I think!)
Trying out: Suave Naturals wild strawberry (co-wash) Garnier Fructis Pure and Clean fortifying conditioner, Redken crystal curls 6, Live Clean Argan Oil Treatment, Pantene curl shaping gel
Thinking of trying: Live Clean Argan oil conditioner or Live Clean Bali Oil conditioner....who recommends them?
I don't have any before and after pictures. But I love deva cut. I found my stylist on the deva curl website. My stylist name is Kyle. While it was his first time cutting corkscrew curls, he did an amazing job. I'm African American and it was the first time i had a man do my and he was white. It was funny because my friends were shocked he did such a good job on my hair. I like the products just can't afford them at the moment. I would recommend the deva cut over the ouidad cut because the ouidad cut will thin the hair over time.
Sorry, no pics, but, yes, I think Deva cuts are more than worth what they cost.

Prior to getting Deva cuts, I was having my hair cut by a "master stylist" at $45 a pop, it never looked great, and by three weeks out, I'd look like I'd been attacked with a weedwacker, and be back for another cut. After my first Deva cut, at $85 (gasp), I was able to go 7 weeks before the next cut, so I was already ahead of the game; the next was in 2 months, then 3 and 4 months. I was able to go 9 months after my Devachan cut, with APL hair.

My hair was extremely short when I was having conventional cuts. I had tried many times to grow it, but any attempt to get the split ends trimmed resulted in an involuntary pixie cut because my hair does not "even up" using conventional techniques, and they'd keep "just evening up" until it was terminally short, even when I'd gone in with below shoulder length hair to have my ends trimmed. So, I'd pretty much given up on growing it.

Once I switched to Deva cuts, I was able to grow my hair, and without any ugly stages. So another plus for Deva.

That said, there are Deva stylists, and then there are Deva stylists. They're not all equally talented, and they didn't all pay as much attention while they were in the very short training class, nor did they have the same mental filters, and some of them have mixed their own approach in with the received wisdom. So, it's a good idea to check the reviews, and to do a consultation first. I learned with the next to last one who cut my hair that it helps not to give them enough information that they can just mirror it back at you (and yet, almost every conventional cut I ever had was worse than that cut).

That said, if you are within reach of Manhattan, it's worth it to have your hair cut there, at least it is for me. My last cut was by Carlos Flores at Mario Diab, and it's easily the best cut I've ever had, plus I learned a lot even though I've been CG for over five years, and I'm enjoying my hair a lot more than I had been for a while. The next best cut was by a junior stylist at Devachan, which cost less than any of the local Deva cuts I've had. The junior stylists at Devachan have received months of training, may have years of experience (the one I went to had taken a maternity break), and have ongoing supervision and in-services. "Deva stylists" elsewhere who've taken the class may have had one or two days of training.
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Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
It's totally worth it to me! I never really loved my curls until I got my first Deva cut. I'm in the St. Louis area, and it's 48 dollars at my salon, but the whole salon specializes in curly hair. They are all Deva trained. There is something to be said for going to a salon that understands curls and doesn't make me feel like an outcast for having them. After I had my son I started going to my mom's stylist because she only charged 20 bucks, but she made me feel like my hair was awful, and was always saying, in a snarky way, "yeah, you have your mother's hair." And she refused to listen to me that I need layers for my hair to behave, so I always ended up with triangle head. She also didn't understand that my hair is fine, not thin, and that really got on my nerves. So I went to her a few times and decided it wasn't worth it to look and feel bad. I just go a little less often to my curly salon and my hair looks great! I also convinced my mom to go there. lol
Anyway, sorry to be long winded, but the girl I go to now is awesome. She gives me the best haircuts I have ever had. I had a different girl at this salon before who was also great, but she left. This new girl is even better. My hair has a lot of shrinkage, so I love the dry cut. It makes a huge difference for me.
I spend a lifetime wishing for someone else's hair until I got my first Deva cut. Now I love my own hair!
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3A, a mix of boticelli, corkicelli, and a few s-waves, baby fine, naturally porous, medium/high density

Pre-poo: coconut oil
Co-wash: TJ's Tea Tree Tingle, Sauve Naturals, VO5, As I Am coconut co-wash
Conditioner: TJ's Nourish, Tresseme Naturals, Sauve Naturals coconut, SM Coconut & Hibiscus
LI: KCKT
Styling: DevaCurl Light Defining Gel, HETT Mousse (HG's!)
EcoStyler Krystal (new HG!!!), BRHG
coconut oil or jojoba oil to SOTC
Color treated with demi-permanent color to cover first grays
It is worth it if you plan to wear your hair curly every single day, not straighten it, and not wear it in a looser pattern (if that's possible for your hair). It was worth it for me at first to fix a really bad hair cut. But then after my 2nd cut, I realized how uneven my hair was, and I had to refresh every morning or else my hair looked like a 2 year old took scissors to it. Mine was this uneven, because my curlist (and longest) hair was in front, and my waves are in back and on the back sides so it was cut much shorter than the front and the sides. So I guess it just depends on your curl pattern and how you wear your hair everyday. I personally wear it curly on first day hair, then tend to wear it wavy on 2nd, 3rd, etc. Much less maintenance and work for me after getting rid of my Deva cut.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ YTCucs, Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
After my deva cut, my wash and goes last longer.
Thanks ladies, i appreciate the input. Right now my haircuts are $20. I found two deva hair stylists locally, both which ive read good reviews on. One has more experience (lindsay)and charges $60, the other one (kate)charges $46. They both have the same training, and i read a review from someone who use to go to Lindsay but one day she was booked solid so she tried kate and was very pleased.
Just starting CG (04/18/13)
2C/3A hair, medium texture, normal porosity (I think!)
Trying out: Suave Naturals wild strawberry (co-wash) Garnier Fructis Pure and Clean fortifying conditioner, Redken crystal curls 6, Live Clean Argan Oil Treatment, Pantene curl shaping gel
Thinking of trying: Live Clean Argan oil conditioner or Live Clean Bali Oil conditioner....who recommends them?
I've had about 2 or 3 cuts/trims at Deva and I would say, yes they're worth the money. All the pictures I had are now in a video on my youtube, so I can't show them here. But I've had positive experiences every time.

I only end up having to get my hair cut once a year.
last relaxer; 082708, BC; 081810, CG; 122410
high porosity, med/coarse texture, high density, color treated
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YES! I think Deva Cuts are worth the price if you wear your hair curly most of the time. I'm not sure how it would look if you straighten it. I was definitely worried about trying them, because they are so much more money but I will say that they are definitely worth it. I look forward to getting my hair cut now and know that I will be well taken care of by my stylist. I also don't have to go as much. The first time I got it cut was back during the first week of January and I just went last week again. I think this time I can go 4 months without getting it cut again, whereas I was going every month to get it cut before. Also, I use less product now and love my hair more.

The first picture is before my first Deva Cut. My layers grew out and all of my hair was bottom heavy, if that makes sense. I was nearing that triangle shape for sure. The second picture is my first Deva Cut, and the third is my current Deva Cut. I really think that if you can find a stylist you like and who listens, it is worth it.
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3B, fine, normal porosity, high density, medium width and length
Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
Leave in Products: As I Am Leave-In, SM Smoothie/Milk, KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Air Dry

Looking for new products and methods to try!



I don't think I'll ever get anything else other than a deva cut. I love mine and I've had so many compliments on my hair since then. I will say though I found the devacut to be less expensive than what I usually paid to get my hair cut. My hair is about BSL when curly and in order to get my hair cut they would have to straighten it, I always paid over $100 so since going deva my wallet is much more appreciative and now I can do extra things like highlights without draining the bank.

I will also say that my stylist does not have curly hair (which has always been a no go for me) but I love what she does.
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3b/3c
Fine, Long, High Density, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity

Products
CoWash: AIA Coconut CoWash
RO: Giovanni Smooth as Silk
LI: GDLI
Styler: KCCC
Deva cuts didn't work in my case as my hair (3b) is coarse but is not dense, so after each of these cuts my hair looked short and cropped in the crown with strings of hair hanging at the bottom. I had three of them (with "very good" stylists according to the reviews posted in its site) but I wasn't pleased with any of them.
Also, it's true that you'll need to wear your hair curly all the time as your hair will look uneven if you straighten it.
However I want to give Deva cuts a last chance. I'm letting my hair grow very long and then I'm planning to go to Devachan (we'll make it a weekend trip to NY!) later this year and have my hair cut by one of the best stylists there. I'm curious to see if I get different results with longer hair and a real good stylist. We'll see!
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Deva cuts didn't work in my case as my hair (3b) is coarse but is not dense, so after each of these cuts my hair looked short and cropped in the crown with strings of hair hanging at the bottom. I had three of them (with "very good" stylists according to the reviews posted in its site) but I wasn't pleased with any of them.
Also, it's true that you'll need to wear your hair curly all the time as your hair will look uneven if you straighten it.
However I want to give Deva cuts a last chance. I'm letting my hair grow very long and then I'm planning to go to Devachan (we'll make it a weekend trip to NY!) later this year and have my hair cut by one of the best stylists there. I'm curious to see if I get different results with longer hair and a real good stylist. We'll see!
Originally Posted by Ms.Cabernet
I would love to get my hair cut at Devachan! We go up to NY every now and again so hopefully one day I will be able to. I'm right in the middle betweeen NY and FL but FL is usually the winner....love the beach!
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3b/3c
Fine, Long, High Density, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity

Products
CoWash: AIA Coconut CoWash
RO: Giovanni Smooth as Silk
LI: GDLI
Styler: KCCC
Thanks ladies, i appreciate the input. Right now my haircuts are $20. I found two deva hair stylists locally, both which ive read good reviews on. One has more experience (lindsay)and charges $60, the other one (kate)charges $46. They both have the same training, and i read a review from someone who use to go to Lindsay but one day she was booked solid so she tried kate and was very pleased.
Originally Posted by mell_152
Wow! You are very fortunate that they are that cheap near you. The going rate here is $150 for your first session and $86 for subsequent cuts. There is a lady who charges $60 by me, but her portfolio didn't look very good. So if this is all they are charging, most definitely go for it!!
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2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ YTCucs, Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
Thanks ladies, i appreciate the input. Right now my haircuts are $20. I found two deva hair stylists locally, both which ive read good reviews on. One has more experience (lindsay)and charges $60, the other one (kate)charges $46. They both have the same training, and i read a review from someone who use to go to Lindsay but one day she was booked solid so she tried kate and was very pleased.
Originally Posted by mell_152
Wow! You are very fortunate that they are that cheap near you. The going rate here is $150 for your first session and $86 for subsequent cuts. There is a lady who charges $60 by me, but her portfolio didn't look very good. So if this is all they are charging, most definitely go for it!!
Originally Posted by sixelamy
My stylist charges $55. I thought that was a lot! $150!??!?! Whoa....


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Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
Leave in Products: As I Am Leave-In, SM Smoothie/Milk, KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Air Dry

Looking for new products and methods to try!




My stylist charges $55. I thought that was a lot! $150!??!?! Whoa....
Originally Posted by DaniGirl88
Are you serious!??? I can pay for a regular cut for that much here + tip!

ETA: I need to move.
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2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ YTCucs, Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo

My stylist charges $55. I thought that was a lot! $150!??!?! Whoa....
Originally Posted by DaniGirl88
Are you serious!??? I can pay for a regular cut for that much here + tip!

ETA: I need to move.
Originally Posted by sixelamy
My old hair cuts were $9.99 + tip. But that was at a chain place.

Other hair cuts here typically cost around $25, sometimes $35 or more depending on the stylist. Curly cuts typically run anywhere from $55 to $85 depending on the stylist. I haven't seen many others that cost more, but I guess they could at the more expensive salons. Where do you live? I feel like I knew but can't remember.....


3B, fine, normal porosity, high density, medium width and length
Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
Leave in Products: As I Am Leave-In, SM Smoothie/Milk, KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Air Dry

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I live in northern Illinois, just outside of the Chicago area. However, all of the Deva trained stylists in my area are in Chicago or the suburbs, so I assume that's why it's so expensive.
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2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ YTCucs, Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
I would love to be able to get a $10 haircut!!!! Then again I'd be hesitant because with my luck it would probably be too good to be true . I want to say my devacut was about $60.
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3b/3c
Fine, Long, High Density, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity

Products
CoWash: AIA Coconut CoWash
RO: Giovanni Smooth as Silk
LI: GDLI
Styler: KCCC
I live in northern Illinois, just outside of the Chicago area. However, all of the Deva trained stylists in my area are in Chicago or the suburbs, so I assume that's why it's so expensive.
Originally Posted by sixelamy
Ahh, I see. Yeah, Chicago is a more expensive area for sure.

I would love to be able to get a $10 haircut!!!! Then again I'd be hesitant because with my luck it would probably be too good to be true . I want to say my devacut was about $60.
Originally Posted by SortaRican
They were definitely too good to be true for me. They weren't so awful that I couldn't stand my hair, but they weren't up to the level that my new cuts are. Lol. You pay for what you get apparently! =)
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Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
Leave in Products: As I Am Leave-In, SM Smoothie/Milk, KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Air Dry

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