Thoughts/Experiences about Devachan method & products...

I had my hair cut for the second time using the Devachan method yesterday. This was a different stylist and I did feel that he was more attentive than the other stylist I had seen initially. What I really wanted was someone who could recommend a style because my hair is lacking in that department. He ended up convincing me to cut my hair like one of the other stylists in his salon. I'm thinking I may have made a big mistake.

However the whole thing about the Devachan method is that you need to use the products in order to achieve these results. Personally I think the products are expensive at $15 a pop for the shampoo, conditioner & gel. And you are supposed to use gobs of the conditioner and gel which means you will need replacements quickly. My hair did look really great, although as the day wears on it gets frizzier. But I'm currently poor so I can't really afford to be replacing products all the time.

Hoping to hear your thoughts/experiences with Devachan trained stylists and whether you currently follow their method. Use their products.

Are there any drugstore products that are comparable and cheaper?
Well first of all, I have to say that while I love the Devacurl products, I've never felt like I have to use them in order to achieve the same look after a Devachan person has cut and styled it (I only go to Devachan consultants or cut it myself in a way that copies their method because that's what works best on my hair). I constantly use other brand products and it works just fine.
Did you by any chance get the color versions of their products, because I know those are a little more than the regular versions. But otherwise the regular versions cost between $12-$13, or at least the places I get them from charge that. And maybe it's because I don't wash more than 2-3 times a week, but the bottles last me quite a long time, with the exception of One C because I go through more of that and usually buy liters of it. I use everything except B'leave-in because it seemed most people here who had tried it weren't fond of it at all. And Angell only works for me in the warmer months, and even then it's a bit hit and miss.

Sometimes I like the way they've done my hair better, sometimes I prefer my own styling results, but I know it is truly frustrating when they give you such great results with a line of products and then you go home and they don't work for you at all.Which products did you get?
3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07
I bought the Devacare Arc Angell and Low Poo back in August for $17/ea which I now realize was a major ripoff! And I just bought the Devacare One Condition yesterday for $15.
Uggh! Was that at a salon that sells their products? That would tick me off. :x
3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07
My experience is a bit different than yours. I did not go to the DevaChan salon, but did have a deva-trained stylist. She did NOT want to cut the length of my hair and rather focused on shaping it to give me a style with body and loads of curls.

Also, although they sell Deva products and that's all she used on my hair, she did not push me to buy anything. She said that Miss Jessie's would be great on my hair, but that it was really expensive and showed me the products she used. I settled on the OneC, Angell and Set it Free, but passed on the other stuff, which my stylist said I really didn't need anyway if I had other things at home.

I still have to put products (i.e. leave-in condish and styling products) into my hair to get the look I like, but it doesn't have to be Deva and I've actually found things that work better for me than Deva and I really think that's because I got a really good cut.

I'm sorry that your experience was not as positive as mine was.
3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
I had my hair cut for the second time using the Devachan method yesterday. This was a different stylist and I did feel that he was more attentive than the other stylist I had seen initially. What I really wanted was someone who could recommend a style because my hair is lacking in that department. He ended up convincing me to cut my hair like one of the other stylists in his salon. I'm thinking I may have made a big mistake.
Hoping to hear your thoughts/experiences with Devachan trained stylists and whether you currently follow their method. Use their products.

Are there any drugstore products that are comparable and cheaper?
Originally Posted by tgreyz
sounds like you went in there not really clear about what u wanted. was this at devachan itself or someplace else? In Ct you are close enough to NY to go to devachan. I use the devacare one C as one of my rotating COs. angell sometimes and the lowpoo once every 6 wks before coloring.
but lately i have been using garnier fructis leavein and rinseout CO's. i wash w suave which is the best deal in town at about 1.50 for 23 oz. i use lots of this and lots of the leavein CO from GF which is pretty cheap too--see the thread on this. good luck w your hair--sorry you were not happy w the cut. I am a big fan of devachan and the method but do not think you have to use xpensive products to get good results.
Susan suburban NY
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I didn't actually go to Devachan in NY, I went to a Deva trained stylist. According to the Devachan website the DevaCare line is $16 for the smaller bottles. So I guess it wasn't as much of a ripoff as I thought. The stylist was very nice but I did feel that he was pushy about the products. And that in order to achieve the best results you must use the Deva products.
My thoughts: first, the Curly Girl book authored by Lorraine herself proves that you don't have to use the products, since it shows you how to choose among other products on the market. You have to be really careful if you're using other products, but check out the Shampoo-Less board, you will find a huge range of recommendations. HalfCurlyHalfWavy has been successfully CG for years and I know for sure that she does not use the Deva line of products. She's always giving recommendations of stuff that can be purchased at Walmart, etc. So I'd say scan the boards.

Second, the Devachan salon sells lines of products other than Devacurl, including some Nexxus products.

Third, I don't like the sound of your stylist. I'm always afraid that when a stylist is trying to put on my head something he's looking at on someone else's head, he's not paying very close attention to me. Also, it just sounds like he's trying to sell you some products. While I do think that the Devacurl theory requires you to use the CG method, nothing about the method REQUIRES that you buy their stuff to accomplish that. Most of the stuff on the market won't work, because of the prevalence of non-water-soluble silicones, but people have been doing it for years without using their products. He needs to read the book.

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