what they don't tell you about DevaCut!

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Wow I can't beleive she didn't take the part into consideration.
Originally Posted by curlylaru
Yeah, I was a little surprised too. Now I will know to bring it up next time I am getting my hair cut.

Luckily, the cut came out looking great, and I don't mind having to part it in one way for a while.
Mine is always cut to the part I come in with, they have never re parted it.


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I got the best cut of my life a couple weeks ago and (yes) it happened to be a Deva cut. I had a fairly good Deva cut about two months prior to that.

I agree with those who say the outcome often depends on the level of the stylist's expertise and talent. Yet I also see merit in the argument that a head full of several types of curls can mean the cut might not look the same once you wash and dry it again.

I have - guessing - at least three curl types (mostly 3b/c) and so that's something that probably made it more likely I'd need to do a little corrective snipping in a couple places following the cut. But it was worth it.

The main reason I value the Deva cut is because my hair looks so much better and the curls pop so much more with the strategic layers she gave me. The dry cutting method just seems to yield a better layered look IMO than all the wet cuts I've ever had.

I think whether or not you get a Deva cut, your odds of getting a favorable cut can be greatly increased by:

Doing your homework: reading a bunch of reviews on the stylist ahead of time, plus having consultations to ensure they're seasoned Deva stylists;

Presenting your stylist with photos of models who have similar hair sporting the style you're looking for.

Being quite vocal about length: Tell them exactly how much you want taken off, especially if different than the pics you're presenting. Be firm about how much or little hair you want taken off.

... Deva cuts are ideal for people who want a funky curly style to wear most of the time. Getting short layers in the crown has done WONDERS to perk up my hair too.
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bwahahahaha XD

i totally did that myself XD

with baby blue little kid scissors XP

i stilll see random curls that pop out every once in a while......it's weird and slightly off kilter........

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I'm new to the site and just learning about Deva cuts and considered it...but after reading some of the reviews and these posts, it seems mixed and I chickened out this time around. I mostly wear my hair curly but I do like some symmetry in my layers so when I do decide once in a while to blow it out, it looks good that way as well. Are the deva cuts always assymmetrical to the point where you wouldnt be able to blow them out? Still sticking with a wet cut for now
i love my devacuts. i've been getting one cut per year from devachan itself, judy, carlos, sophie, ana....all did a fabulous job with my hair. i also got a cut from debbie at rapunzel in suffern near where i live and she is excellent as well. i never straighten so i don't know if it is uneven or not but it looks great and grows out really nicely too. i would recommend it highly. i have long 3b corkicelli hair.
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I got my first Deva cut at Devachan in NY about a month ago, and I LOVE it. It is the very first time in my very LONG life that I've actually had a stylist that GOT my hair! Agree with the other posters who went in with the pyramid shape and left with stylish hair, and also that it's much better if you're embracing the curly. I've really decided that I need to do the best with the hair I have rather than trying to make my hair be something it's not. Only took me 43 years to figure that out :-)

I actually like the slightly funky, not perfectly straight and even, look of my style. For the first time (other than having a pixie cut) I feel like my hair actually has a style rather than just sitting there.

BTW, I had Lois and she was great.
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The Curly Girl book and all of the video clips, etc. about Deva Cuts emphasize that the hair is cut unevenly in a Deva Cut, and that curls are literally cut individually. I've been cutting my own hair for many years now, and when I read the CG book I was so relieved to read about the "uneven" cuts. I've always cut my hair dry, thus unevenly, and I used to wonder if hair fashionistas cringed because they could see something I didn't see. As a teenager, I remember trying to tell a stylist how the back left side curls one way, and right side side is different, so if they're cut evenly my hair continually looks crooked...and the hair around my face...after an "even" cut, when dry it would look like I was the loser in a fight with a lawnmower. I started cutting my own hair & after college started going back to stylists. I had the same problems. They soaked my hair, cut it wet, and afterwards I could never get my hair to look even (the lawnmover thing). And everybody would tell me my hair was "crooked" and uneven. A couple people even asked if I requested asymmetrical hair for some quirky personal style. So I went back to cutting my own hair. Honestly, I felt so much better after learning that Deva stylists do this, too! For the first time ever I felt like my hair might be kinda "fashionable"...a little.
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I actually like the slightly funky, not perfectly straight and even, look of my style. For the first time (other than having a pixie cut) I feel like my hair actually has a style rather than just sitting there.
Originally Posted by debbah
i, too, love that 'slightly funky' look, somehow i feel it makes my hair look curlier! i think precision cuts do not bring out the best in curly hair. love my deva cuts!
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I had a Deva cut a couple months ago by a stylist who received rave reviews and has been through the professional training. I have ethnic (mixed race) 3b-c hair - it's course, dry, curly/frizzy. Cutting ethnic curly hair is not the same as cutting anglo curly hair and I wish those distinctions were made in the reviews for stylists. I wear my hair short which seems to be a challenge for most stylists I've been to in Maryland, and I've been to a lot. I moved here 16 years ago from L.A. where I had a fabulous hair stylist who cut my hair wet. I've probably been to 16+ hair stylists and have yet to find one who can give me a cute, short cut without it looking like Orphan Annie or some boring Mom look (I'm 54). I was in L.A. in March and made an appt. with my sister's stylist - James at Joseph Martin in Beverly Hills (on Canon). It was the best hair cut I've had in years and he cut my hair wet. And the fancy Deva cut I had a couple months left me with way too many dry/split ends, which I believe is caused by not cutting every hair/end, plus the Deva gel dries out my hair. Cremes work much better on my ethnic curls. So my search continues for a Maryland stylist who knows how to cut ethnic curls without some gimmicky cutting style but with true talent, creativity and experience in diverse curls. Wish me luck.
I recently got my first DevaCut. It was a treat to myself for sticking with the CG method for a full month. I thought it would be helpful to get my hair shaped well and get instructions about how to use products more effectively.

What they don't tell you about DevaCut is that your hair is cut unevenly. The stylist looks at your hair in its curly state, and it actually seems pretty haphazard the way she will cut the pieces. She sort of eyeballs you, picks up some pieces, and starts cutting in an effort to shape your hair while it is dry.

So, if you straighten your hair, it will look very uneven, because she is not cutting it with any overall plan to keep the pieces even or sides symmetrical.

Now, I understand that the goal of this is to give your hair the best shape when it's CURLY, not straight. I rarely straighten my hair, so this will hopefully not be an issue for me. BUT, I am not sure how I feel about having my hair cut this way. Frankly, I feel like if I wanted to take a scissors and just eyeball which pieces of hair seem like they need to go, I could do that myself (and for free). Plus, as all curly girls know, our hair lays differently every day. So now I feel like I have a hair cut that is based on how my hair was laying the day I went to the salon - which seems pretty stupid, in retrospect.

My hair looks OK - but I find myself noticing the asymmetry and it bothers me. I don't want to have it re-cut since it will just get shorter, so I will be letting this grow out awhile. The fact is that my old stylist was great, but the CG book sort of brainwashed me into thinking that wet cutting is NEVER good. The reality is, it's all about what works for you.

PS. The Deva stylist I selected has extensive training and outstanding reviews on this website. So, I don't think I chose a "bad" one.
Originally Posted by jaclyn15
Re: the bolded - you are so right! That is why I've never been satisfied with Deva cuts - I've tried 3 different Deva stylists. I ended up going to someone who also cuts curly hair but she cuts it wet and I'm much happier with it, whether I do it curly or in a roller set.
Originally Posted by curlypearl
I have to ask, where did you get your hair cut wet? I too have tried the Deva cut, and I'm still not convinced. My hair is still uneven, and would not consider getting it done again. I have been researching for a stylist that would perform a different "healthier" cut.
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So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
I had a Deva cut a couple months ago by a stylist who received rave reviews and has been through the professional training. I have ethnic (mixed race) 3b-c hair - it's course, dry, curly/frizzy. Cutting ethnic curly hair is not the same as cutting anglo curly hair and I wish those distinctions were made in the reviews for stylists. I wear my hair short which seems to be a challenge for most stylists I've been to in Maryland, and I've been to a lot. I moved here 16 years ago from L.A. where I had a fabulous hair stylist who cut my hair wet. I've probably been to 16+ hair stylists and have yet to find one who can give me a cute, short cut without it looking like Orphan Annie or some boring Mom look (I'm 54). I was in L.A. in March and made an appt. with my sister's stylist - James at Joseph Martin in Beverly Hills (on Canon). It was the best hair cut I've had in years and he cut my hair wet. And the fancy Deva cut I had a couple months left me with way too many dry/split ends, which I believe is caused by not cutting every hair/end, plus the Deva gel dries out my hair. Cremes work much better on my ethnic curls. So my search continues for a Maryland stylist who knows how to cut ethnic curls without some gimmicky cutting style but with true talent, creativity and experience in diverse curls. Wish me luck.
Originally Posted by CurliGirli56
I'm so with you.. my search continues.. well said, looking for the same!
hope we find or else I might just go to a dominican salon and have my hair trimmed wet!
3b/C with nicer curls on the bottom!
Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
hair seems to be moody.
Does not seem to like oils
Does not like protein or too much?
Does not like rich products

So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
I had a Deva cut a couple months ago by a stylist who received rave reviews and has been through the professional training. I have ethnic (mixed race) 3b-c hair - it's course, dry, curly/frizzy. Cutting ethnic curly hair is not the same as cutting anglo curly hair and I wish those distinctions were made in the reviews for stylists. I wear my hair short which seems to be a challenge for most stylists I've been to in Maryland, and I've been to a lot. I moved here 16 years ago from L.A. where I had a fabulous hair stylist who cut my hair wet. I've probably been to 16+ hair stylists and have yet to find one who can give me a cute, short cut without it looking like Orphan Annie or some boring Mom look (I'm 54). I was in L.A. in March and made an appt. with my sister's stylist - James at Joseph Martin in Beverly Hills (on Canon). It was the best hair cut I've had in years and he cut my hair wet. And the fancy Deva cut I had a couple months left me with way too many dry/split ends, which I believe is caused by not cutting every hair/end, plus the Deva gel dries out my hair. Cremes work much better on my ethnic curls. So my search continues for a Maryland stylist who knows how to cut ethnic curls without some gimmicky cutting style but with true talent, creativity and experience in diverse curls. Wish me luck.
Originally Posted by CurliGirli56
At least cut out the Deva gel and use whatever creme, etc. actually works well with your hair - that'll make whatever cut seem better.
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Have to agree: the Deva gel is not a great product (and not worth $18 a bottle IMO), you can find so much cheaper, better gels.

I love my Devacuts. Esp. now that I've gone back to the salon that originally does them. I first got my cuts at a salon in Studio City that's very highly rated on here (for those of you that know LA), but switched to one that was closer to home and half the price. The stylist at the cheaper salon was not very good IMO. She has good reviews one here but she just was not a good fit for me - she called the back of head a buttcrack so, no people skills to speak of, and would not listen when I told her no Deva products in my hair. And her cuts did not last nearly as long as a Deva cut ought to.
Anyway, as soon as I went back to the Studio City salon and got a Deva cut from my "real" Deva stylist, my hair was happy. I don't really notice the unevenness people talk about. Once in a while I'll catch some stray curls that are longer the others but only when I put my hair up in a pinapple or pull it back in a twist. Then I just retuck the stray curl and it's fine.
I don't straighten my hair though, so I don't have a problem with that. The last time I did, after I'd started cutting my hair with Deva stylists, I did not have a problem with unevenness.

I have been getting my hair cut dry for 4 or 5 years now, and I don't think I could go back to wet cuts now. I would just feel too weird.
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Well, if you cut each curl separately, tomorrow those hairs may be in different curls so the deva cut never really made sense to me. BUT, I have 2 distinct curl patterns. Mostly 3b, but the sides and nape are really straight, like 2a straight. The result is that the curly top is way shorter than the sides and theres a piece sticking out in the back at the bottom that's like 2 inches longer than the rest. So I'm thinking of heading over to one of the Deva shops in NYC for a cut--I'm in northen NJ. How much do the NY deva cuts run? And which is better--there are 2?
She has good reviews one here but she just was not a good fit for me - she called the back of head a buttcrack

I've never heard this, what does it even mean, and is it a common way to describe the back of someone's head?

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