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Old 09-20-2007, 06:24 PM   #1
 
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Default Deva-trained stylist in Houston? UPDATE!!

I'm getting ready to splurge on a good haircut and am curious if y'all have any info on a Houston-based Deva-trained stylist. I've been to one in the Clear Lake area, and a few days after the cut, I noticed that the stylist had actually cut a nice little mullett for me. Neat, huh? I've finally grown it out and have done a lot better about taking care of my tresses since then. No bleach, just color. And i quit blow-drying all the time.

I thought there was a website (and I could be totally wrong) that was specific to deva-trained stylists and where they were located.....have I lost it?
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I've been kinda watchin this post because I can't seem to find anyone in the East Texas area either. Can you let me in on the secret?
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I'm looking for someone in the Memphis area. Can't find anyone who knows curly hair!!! help
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I've been kinda watchin this post because I can't seem to find anyone in the East Texas area either. Can you let me in on the secret?
Apologies for taking so long .. I was out of town and am catching up! Here's the info - might as well put it out there for other Houston area curlies:

The gal that did the curly girl show a few months ago is Deva-trained. Here's her info - got it off Deva Concepts:

Blue Mambo
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Gerri Curtis- cut and color
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Thank you so much! We're planning a trip to come down and see Lucy (at the museum) and I thought I would try to tie in an appointment at the same time I'm willing to drive to Houston a couple of times a year if she's really good. Thanks!
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I actually just booked a deva cut/color appointment with Gerri today. The cut is $65, I believe. I'll try to take before and after pictures and post them. I'm going this Friday at 2.

That may be the only thing that worries me a little--with my normal lady I have to wait weeks to get an appointment. I ended up booking the deva cut because I couldn't get an answer at the normal place after trying a few times. That pushed my curiosity over the edge. I'm a little scared--this will be the first new person to cut my hair in 7 years or so.
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That's not bad for a Deva cut. May check that out. Let us know how it goes!
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Yes, I'm very anxious to know how you like it.
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Preliminary report: I enjoyed the cut, and I especially loved the color. She cut it dry--she told me it was a visual cut. Lorraine trained her to view my head as a topiary and to cut the pieces that needed it. She told me to come back in for another cut whenever my hair starts looking bad, but that I don't need to come in on a specific schedule. It sounded like I could expect it to be about 6 months before I need another haircut.

After the cut she put on the color (and ran out and had to mix more--I have a deceptive amount of hair), then washed me with low poo, used one C, dried a little with a microfiber towel and added arc angell and scrunched. At this point it wasn't curling up like I get it to at home. My hair tends not to spring up much during drying since it's just fairly wavy, so I didn't think the dryer would coax much more curl out of it. Next she had me lean my hair back stacked into a hood dryer. Oh--she clipped me, too, but I have a weird phenomenon of natural lift in my wet hair, so clips aren't a necessity. I bought some, anyway. After drying the length of my hair sort of scrunched up in the hood dryer for awhile, she took it out and dried the top. The dryer time ran completely out and my hair was still wet, so she finished me up with the deva sun fuser thingy and scrunched out the crunch with set it free. I bought the travel pack sampler with no poo, one c, angell and set it free with the cute brown deva clips and goofy instructional DVD.

I was much more of an ingredient nerd than she is--she just uses all deva products all the time. I told her (I hope not incorrectly) that the low poo did have some gentle detergent in it, though not a sulfate, and that one c had a silicone in it (the amodimethicone). It seemed like I upset her with that information.

She was lots of fun. She had a totally different style than my normal lady of 7 years. I'll probably go back and have her see how Gerri cut my hair, and maybe alternate or I don't really know. If my topiary starts looking droopy and boring, Gerri is my lady. Since I'm wavy, I think it's less of a big deal if I get the deva cut, but she had a girl with amazing corkscrews come through while I was getting colored. I was jealous of her cute, short, springy hair.

I will post a couple of before pictures, but my hair is still acting a bit wonky from the deva products. I probably should not have bought the cute little travel pack, but I haven't used deva stuff enough to really give it a fair shot. My hair may just hate One C. It always seems to make it tangly and fuzzy. Anyway--I don't have after pictures that do it justice, but I'll post some so-so pictures.
Really all this picture taking is making me self conscious about my hair. I'm feeling hyper-critical of myself and still wishing it were curlier. Co-washing seems to make me less curly, so I don't know what curl-enhancing options I have besides the normal Re:coil etc.

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Your hair is lovely...you have waves and curls and it's a nice combo. I actually like the 2nd day hair before a LOT.

Just do what you like and works for your hair and don't get caught in labels.
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you've got AWESOME curls....I am really jealous. I think I will book an appt just based on your pics. She didn't take off hardly any length at all, which is saying a lot about Gerri's ability to see what you really want. Seriously, I was going to go in for a consult, but after looking at this, I don't think I need it. Plus, LavenderCurls said that people at the curly event a few months ago were all over her, and she had done their hair before, and that all of them had nice hair. So, I think I'll take the plunge and see what happens.

So, did she push you hard to buy the Deva Products? I hate when they do that because I get ULTA coupons in the mail! I'd rather buy stuff there!
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Thanks for the compliments/encouragement. It means a lot.

There wasn't a pushy bone in Gerri's body. She seemed to want to do exactly what I wanted. My other lady is very precise and a total perfectionist. Gerri was more free flowing and artistic--she reminded me of a hummingbird hovering around my hair and snipping pieces wherever she desired.

I almost wanted to take more length off, but she encouraged me to keep it the length.
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Losing length is a big fear of mine, since that nice lady in Clear Lake cut my curls into a mullet last year. Hopefully Gerri has more artistic vision than that lady.

So.....I took the plunge and made the appointment...Now I'm gonna have to take photos of my before hair so I can post - I don't even have a fotki! I didn't ask what the cut cost...$65, right? Sounds pretty reasonable for a Deva cut that you don't need but every 5-6 months. You'd spend more than that on several crappy haircuts, so I guess that's okay.

I'll keep y'all posted. My appointment is Friday at 2:30. I'm skippin' out of the office early, so it betta be good!
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I know that Houston and Tyler are both pretty far away, but if you ever have to come to austin for a planned trip of some type, see if you can get in with Ethan Shaw at Anne Kelso Salon. Ethan should be Knighted. He is incredible! He is not Deva trained and does not believe in a lot of the Deva concepts, but he does use some Deva product. What I like about him is how he understands that no two heads of hair are the same-so no two cuts are the same. Not even on the same person. Every time I get my haircut, it still gets a thorough going-over by him before the wash and cut.
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Losing length is a big fear of mine, since that nice lady in Clear Lake cut my curls into a mullet last year. Hopefully Gerri has more artistic vision than that lady.

So.....I took the plunge and made the appointment...Now I'm gonna have to take photos of my before hair so I can post - I don't even have a fotki! I didn't ask what the cut cost...$65, right? Sounds pretty reasonable for a Deva cut that you don't need but every 5-6 months. You'd spend more than that on several crappy haircuts, so I guess that's okay.

I'll keep y'all posted. My appointment is Friday at 2:30. I'm skippin' out of the office early, so it betta be good!
Please keep us updated with pics. I keep going back and forth about getting mine cut right now. Just when I get up the nerve to call, I back out. I've got my 30 yr. HS reunion next year and I want it as long as possible. I'm afraid that if I go in now, they'll cut way too much off and it'll take me a year to get back to where I am now. On the other hand, if I go in now and get a great cut, it'll look great no matter how long it is. I'm so confused!!!
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i was going to get DH to take my befores tonight, but I started feeling cruddy and ended up spending the evening on the couch...so I have curly bed-head. Not pretty. Maybe tomorrow I'll get him to do it so I can get a good idea of what shaping up Gerri does once the afters are taken.

KurlyKarenLee - are you near Ben Wheeler? My cousin lives there and when people ask where she lives, she just says Tyler because it's easier to say that instead of explaining that Ben Wheeler is a town!!
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Bumping this because Texas Mama should be with Gerri right now and I can't wait to hear how it went!
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Amazing!! Gerri is so much fun and she just picked away at my dry curls for what felt like FOREVER. We chatted about Deva, Curlisto, and the Ouidad salons...she's been to all of them. I really want to show y'all my hair now that I fixed it myself. She used all Deva products, but the only one I think I would really purchase would be the no-poo. The rest of the products were just "okay" because there was just TOO MUCH product on my hair. it actually looked funny when I left the salon, but i didn't care, since I was going directly home to re-do it myself....and it looks friggin FABULOUS!! (Sing the fabulous part like your favorite gay male friend would.) I came home and co washed with Suave coconut condish, then used my old standby for right now - the Jessicurl line. Too Shea, then Rockin Ringlets and CCSS. sprayed a little AIS on top since the frizzies were doin' their "thang" and voila! Super cool hair.


I would HIGHLY recommend seeing Gerri. She cut almost NO length...just took the weight off what was already there so you could see the good curls underneath. I can't stop lookin' at it. I think I'll get hubby to take pics tonight.

LavenderCurls.....SPEND THE MONEY - you won't be sorry. She charged me $65....reasonable for what we have spent so much money on in the past to acheive.....

Pics to come...
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I can't wait!!!

And yes, Ben Wheeler is about 20 miles from here.--Tyler is probably the closest "big" town.
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