1st curly cut should I do Oiudad or Deva salon?

I am lucky to have both Oiudad and Dave salons in my area. I have read mixed reviews about both. I am not sure which one I should try for my first ever curly cut...but I am in dire need of some help with these curls! Any suggestions?
I'd like to see what responses you get. I'm going to NYC down the road for a trip, and would like to take my daughter.

I was debating taking her to Ouidad or Devachan, for a neat experience and so she can be taught (by someone else since she doesn't listen to me, lol) how to properly care for her hair.


Hair Type - medium to fine texture, high porosity, lots of it, type 2b/3a
jerseygirl -- i've never had a ouidad cut, but my understanding is that they do not grow out well, that you need a cut every 6 weeks.
so based on that, (hopefully those who have had ouidad cuts will chime in), and since it sounds like you don't live in the area, a deva cut would be a better choice i think.
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Stay far far away from Ouidad!! I've had both and Deva is much much better.. The ouidad left my fine hair looking like a Christmas Tree! I HATED it!! It may be o.k. for someone that has ALOT of hair that needs thinning.. but not for us fine curlies
Interesting to read the responses. I don't mean to hijack the thread, but my daughter does have a lot of hair. I have read that Ouidad cuts seem to work better on much thicker hair.

I found this old thread that might help. One of the posters, curlpro, has been trained in both Ouidad and Deva cuts. Maybe this would help?

Deva Cuts vs Ouidad Cuts


Hair Type - medium to fine texture, high porosity, lots of it, type 2b/3a
I really believe that regardless of the method, the individual stylist probably makes the most difference in the outcome of a haircut.

That being said, I've never had a Deva cut, but my experience w/ the Ouidad method, and my new Ouidad trained stylist, has been great. I am almost 2 years into growing out a pixie cut and my hair falls about an inch below jaw length dry. BTW I have fairly thick, course, and super dry mostly 3b hair (some 3a around the face and 3c at the nape).

The 1st cut was a Ouidad cut, the second a traditional shape and trim (although my stylist did a little slice and carve on a problem area in the back on the DL!!!), and my third cut has also been a traditional trim.

So, my hair is growing out wonderfully, no problem there, and the curls are in the best shape of their life. The only thing I'm not crazy about is that the Ouidad poo and condish really dry my hair out, but they have other products in the salon (deva, mixed chixks, etc) and next time I think I'll ask for diff. products during my wash.
oh, BTW you do NOT need a Ouidad cut every 6 weeks!

My first Ouidad cut was in early September.

Second cut:trim w/ a small section "Ouidaded" was in mid December. And BTW I'm growing out a horrific cut that I received in about June.

Third cut: trim in mid March.

So a shape up about every 3 months b/c I'm in the process of growing out my hair from first a pixie and second a bad curly bob. But I've only had one actual Ouidad cut. If you're maintaining your length, I imagine that you might only need 1-2 Ouidad cuts a year w/ maybe a non-ouidad trim thrown in. Maybe not even that depending on your hair needs.
I have had both Ouidad and Deva cuts.

If your daughter's hair has a lot of spring or jump, and has a history of hairdressers continuously "just evening up" one side after the other, after the other, or taking off way more hair than she asked for or s/he intended, she'll probably be happiest with a Deva cut. They cut the hair dry, curl by curl, watching what happens to that curl in relation to the others as they remove whole curls (so there's no thinning, which can lead to super tangly hair).

My sense is that Ouidad is best for people with thick, coarse hair who need a lot of bulk removed. My hair is baby fine, and if it's thick, it hides that well. Bulk is not my problem, but even if it were, a Deva cut would also address that.

HTH
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
I decided to make appts for both of us at Ouidad, when we're up in NYC in a few weeks. I can't believe how much I am going to spend, but it will be our little splurge. (Devachan would have been almost as much anyway) I'm normally so frugal and so thrifty all the time so this should be fun!

I also had considered going to Devachan, but honestly the location did not fit in well with our schedule. I also had a Devacut before and it was just okay. I wasn't blown away. Ouidad is located closer to midtown, close to 5th Ave, which is where we'll be taking in the sights.

So after this I will be able to give a fair comparison.


Hair Type - medium to fine texture, high porosity, lots of it, type 2b/3a
I decided to make appts for both of us at Ouidad, when we're up in NYC in a few weeks. I can't believe how much I am going to spend, but it will be our little splurge. (Devachan would have been almost as much anyway) I'm normally so frugal and so thrifty all the time so this should be fun!

I also had considered going to Devachan, but honestly the location did not fit in well with our schedule. I also had a Devacut before and it was just okay. I wasn't blown away. Ouidad is located closer to midtown, close to 5th Ave, which is where we'll be taking in the sights.

So after this I will be able to give a fair comparison.
Originally Posted by jerseygirl07067

one thing struck me in your post -- you canNOT compare a 'deva cut' to a stylist who actually works/worked in devachan -- the training is DRASTICALLY different!! like night and day.
i am not saying some stylists cannot do a good job, even a great job or better than a devachan stylist, i'm just saying in general it is not an even comparison. one is 'trained' for literally a few hours, not more than a day anymore, used to be a couple of weekends, and the others who work there are trained for a very long period of time. again, not to say there aren't stylists who get it and can do a great job, just that the odds are against it.
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washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine

Last edited by rbb; 03-28-2011 at 06:18 AM.
I had a Ouidad cut last April and I was VERY happy with it. I have bra length hair and Id say mine is not very thick, pretty fine infact. I know that it will very from people to people on which is best cause I searched the net for that answer. Ive never had a Deva cut so I cant compare with it. but my experience with Ouidad cut was wonderful!

this is a pic after my cut! Good luck!
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texture: Fine
porosity: Normal
elasticity: Low

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condish: TS avocado and aloe, GPV cond balm, Yes to carrots
leave in: KCNT
styling: LOVE FSG.. CK, BRHG, CJCQ KCCC, LaLSG
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And yes I'm turning into a PJ
O' and as for keeping up the cut, the styles told me i wouldn't need a follow up cut for a year or so. She said I might need a few trims but as for a full cut she wouldn't advise it unless I have a change in hairstyles.Its been almost a year and at this moment I do feel Im in need of a trim to help with some split ends but not once did i feel it was growing out funny.
Armed with the Curl Analyzes!!!
3b,3c
texture: Fine
porosity: Normal
elasticity: Low

co:wash: V05 kiwi lime, CJDF
condish: TS avocado and aloe, GPV cond balm, Yes to carrots
leave in: KCNT
styling: LOVE FSG.. CK, BRHG, CJCQ KCCC, LaLSG
protein: CJ rehab
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...s-journey.html
And yes I'm turning into a PJ
I had a Ouidad cut last April and I was VERY happy with it. I have bra length hair and Id say mine is not very thick, pretty fine infact. I know that it will very from people to people on which is best cause I searched the net for that answer. Ive never had a Deva cut so I cant compare with it. but my experience with Ouidad cut was wonderful!

this is a pic after my cut! Good luck!
Originally Posted by thecurly1
It looks awesome! Glad to hear you had a great experience with the Ouidad cut.


Hair Type - medium to fine texture, high porosity, lots of it, type 2b/3a
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Originally Posted by jerseygirl07067
one thing struck me in your post -- you canNOT compare a 'deva cut' to a stylist who actually works/worked in devachan -- the training is DRASTICALLY different!! like night and day.
i am not saying some stylists cannot do a good job, even a great job or better than a devachan stylist, i'm just saying in general it is not an even comparison. one is 'trained' for literally a few hours, not more than a day anymore, used to be a couple of weekends, and the others who work there are trained for a very long period of time. again, not to say there aren't stylists who get it and can do a great job, just that the odds are against it.
Originally Posted by rbb
Thanks rbb. I did not have my Deva cut at Devachan. However, the person who did cut my hair is a highly experienced curl specialist who several here have gone to and highly recommend. She is great at what she does and it was a very nice experience. I even referred my friend to her and she really liked the cut.

It's just that the cut itself didn't wow me much for the time and price, compared to a standard layered cut with longer layers. Maybe because I'm more of a wavy, than a true curly? I do consider my hair to be somewhat on the easier side, regardless of what I use, but it's fun to try out different things to see if it can be even better. So it will still be interesting if the whole carve and slice cut makes a big difference!


Hair Type - medium to fine texture, high porosity, lots of it, type 2b/3a
be sure to let us know how the haircuts go, and have fun!
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
I'm a Ouidad certified stylist, but I am also Deva trained, and have watched several industry leaders show their approach to curls. I, personally prefer to cut the hair wet, but I think the Deva method is also good for some people, as long as you are going to a stylist that is SUPER experienced and you see a portfolio of their work. I say this because in order to become Ouidad certified you must attend training at their flagship salon in NYC and be approved individually by Ouidad or one of her staffers after they watch you work with clients. Deva does not offer a "certification", only a diploma for attending the class, and then you can be added to their website. They FULLY disclose this information on their site, but the difference in the training and knowledge someone has COULD potentially be huge. I took a Deva class because I feel that as a curl expert with an all-curly client base that it is my responsibility to take in as much education as I possibly can, and with Deva's popularity, they are obviously doing something right. I agree with lots of their philosophies, and fully understand the differences between the two cuts and product lines - and I feel that there is certainly room for both of them in this world. For those who are near NYC and you DON'T want to lose any bulk at all, Deva could make the most sense, but if you want to go to Ouidad just tell them not to do any carving and slicing, they can still give you a curl friendly cut and tips on how to care for your curls without doing the carve and slice technique. If you have the time (and money) you could schedule a style at each salon and ask how they would approach your cut to achieve your desired look, and see how they style it - it should look good even without a cut in most cases, you could also schedule a **CONSULTATION**, which takes about 15 minutes and is usually free - this may not be practical for everyone, but for those who are truly at a loss, it will give you a sense of empowerment and should put you at ease when you finally decide to cut. (can you tell i've dealt with some nervous girlies in my time? ) My clients AVERAGE 4 months between cuts, some needing a cut only once or twice a year, some needing a trim every 8 weeks if they have a more technical type haircut like a bob with a distinct perimeter. If you feel your cut is grown out after 6 weeks, that is way too soon.

So, in summation, if you have access to both, it might be a good idea to schedule a quick consultation with each stylist. A good Ouidad certified stylist should know enough not to carve and slice all over your hair to remove bulk if it is already thin, but still give you a great curly cut with plenty of tips on how to care for your curls at home. A good Deva stylist should listen to you and know that if bulk is something that DOES bother you, to adjust your layers accordingly, leaving them seamless while helping to prevent the dreaded pyramid/bell/christmas tree look. They should have very sharp high quality shears regardless of their cutting technique, and they should LISTEN to you, and fully understand what your frustrations are and help you understand how to care for your curls from cleansing, to styling, sleeping, to day 2 and 3 tips. Ask them to explain to you how they would approach cutting your hair and see if they address the issues that you mentioned. Ask to see their portfolio, and where you can find reviews for them. (any stylist who is the real deal for curly hair will not only have both at the ready, but not even blink at the question, we are used to clients who have a history of traumatic salon visits and know earning your trust is paramount). my fb business page,The Curl Girl | Facebook has more info, and pictures, also my clients and blog readers interact and share tips and thoughts on products. my blog,CURL UNIVERSITY, goes a little more in depth on a few topics, and I update it when I have a few extra minutes - which isn't often, lol!
xoxo-jen, thecurlgirl
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thanks for this thread! i have hair cut phobia and am trying to grow my hair long, i've been wanting to get a curly cut for a while and can't decide between ouidad & deva.

i have been to the ouidad salon quite a few times for softening (like relaxer) and styling but never gave into the carve & slice cut because of some horror stories i read throughout the internet. i do love their products & how they style my hair.

i am not a big fan of some deva products i tried (they dry my hair out) but i read the curlygirl book and do like that they cut the hair dry and i don't think they thin it out?

so for someone with big phobia of losing hair length- would deva be safer?

Diane
NYC/NJ
2c/3a..fine/regular texture..normal porosity..low elasticity..high density..cherub curls

faves: - deva, jessicurl, ouidad...major product junkie
mod cg method as of 10/2012
goals: grow out bad layered cut & grow hair to waist!
last softener: Sept 2010
last trim/roots color: 9/5/12..1/12/13 trim // 11/17/12..1/19/13 color

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if you want to keep your length, in my experience, deva stylists are respectful of length, at least mine is (carlos flores, formerly at devachan, now at mario diab salon).
(my hair is short, about 3" shorter than i normally wear it because i cut color off. my daughter has hair as long as yours, and she's been going to carlos for haircuts for a few years now. and i have friends with equally long hair who go to him for cuts.)

after you say what you want, and they tell you what they are going to do-- make sure they do that, then, ask, how will it look when it is finished?
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine

Last edited by rbb; 04-03-2011 at 04:37 PM.
I just had a Deva cut about six weeks ago and love it.... My hair seems healtier and it has better curl fomation. My hair was a 3a, but is now a 3b and to the middle of my back. The cut is so good that I will not have to have it cut for a least six months if not longer. I also received many good tips for my sytlist. It is worth the money.
3b med texture
Currently using: No Poo or Wen, One C, Heaven in Hair as leave-in, Arch Angel & BRHG, CJ Coffee CoCo curl cream
DT- Oudid or Curls Asian tea Cond.

Also love CJ Products...

Last edited by beaglecookies; 04-03-2011 at 07:48 PM.

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