Are ouidad cuts worth the money?

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I scheduled an appointment for next week. It's $125 and I have NEVER paid anywhere near that for a haircut. I'm very worried that I'll walk out disappointed and broke. Is it really worth the price? I have had devacuts before and never liked them so please don't try to convince me to get another one. I would appreciate anyone's opinion on the carve n slice cuts. Thanks
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First, I haven't gotten a Ouidad cut myself, but know others who have.

I won't attempt to talk you into Deva cuts lol, even though it's my preference. Aside from the fact that you've had a miserable time trying those - whether due to poor overall stylists, or the technique itself - I don't believe any one cutting approach is right for everyone.

If you spend $100 + on a Ouidad stylist that you've researched well and who turns out to give you a great cut, I think the greatest benefit is overall savings on cuts per year. A really good cut tends to grow out well (with great shape), so that you don't have to get it cut as often. It means you can spend $125 on a great cut that lasts for 6-9 months, rather than getting a mediocre cut 3-4 times per year that costs $50-100 each time, and leaves you less satisfied.

That said, the drawback is that for most folks, paying $100 + is a gamble when trying out a new stylist and/or technique. Whenever I've tried something or someone new, I've always made sure to spend an amount that wouldn't cause me to feel embittered or set me back financially, if the "experiment" failed.

Hopefully you read up on the positives and negatives of the Ouidad cut. My understanding from people I know plus online research, is that people with thick/coarse rather than thin/fine hair tend to do better w/this cut because the thinning technique is less likely to leave it stringy and thin looking. My guess is it works better with hair that clump-curls easily, so that the thinning is less noticeable. A common complaint is the hair looks too thin and frizzy w/repeated Ouidad cuts/trims. It seems people who like this cut tend to like a flatter, less voluminous look.
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Last edited by Korkscrew; 12-26-2013 at 03:57 PM.
Thanks for your insight! You're right, my apprehension is in spending so much for a cut when I don't know if I'll like it. If I knew that it would be an awesome cut and experience, I would spend the money much more willingly. I'm actually looking for more volume, so what you said about that worries me. However, I ended up getting a cut at a regular salon today. It cost half of the ouidad cut. It came out... Ok. I mean I'm not thrilled with it but I don't hate it. I don't think she put enough layers in it though. It's still too weighed down (I don't have coarse hair but I have a lot of it so it weighs itself down). *sigh* maybe I'm just unrealistic in my expectations
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Oh I forgot to mention-
I also feel like a lot of the cost comes from just product pushing. Does that make sense? Like it's a cut for curly hair but it's also promoting a product line. In other words, "if you always want your hair to look like this, you can only do so by buying all our products!"
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Hey, no problem Skorpio. Wish getting our curls cut wasn't such a damn crap shoot

Congrats on not getting a hack job today! I totally get you about all the hair weighing itself down. I've had to really search for stylists who will go in there and cut a bunch of strategic layers. I think a lot of them are really intimidated when it comes to layering because they fear taking off too much or making the hair too puffy. That and/or they realize how much time it would actually take to cut layers in all that hair.

One of my sisters was just complaining about the stylists in her area, about how they are always TOO conservative when they cut it. Like you (and me), she has a lot of hair.

In terms of getting enough layers, I always bring in pics of some curly style that approximates the look I want and emphasize lots of layers. In terms of products, I find myself saying no to sales pitches because I figure I'm paying them for a cut, and I'm paying them quite handsomely, so I feel no need for expensive products unless I truly need them. Sometimes I just bring my own products in and tell them I've already found my dream products but thanks anyway.

Btw, I think your expectations are quite reasonable. Have you searched online for positive reviews for stylists near you (Yelp, here at NC, etc.)?
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Yes I have. But, I find the reviews to be from people with straight hair. (I look at their picture to see what kind of hair they have lol). I'm annoyed because if I go somewhere else now I'm going to end up paying for both cuts what I would have paid for the ouidad cut -__-
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My next cut will be with ouidad. Won't be until the summer when I'm home again though because they don't have any stylists within 100 miles of my grad school -__-
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Sounds really frustrating. I really hope the Ouidad cut works out for you though.
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It is 😫 and thank you. So do I
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I've never had one personally, but I just had my first "curly cut" and it made a world of a difference. I was apprehensive about spending so much money on something I've never tried before, but am so glad that I took the plunge. I found out things about my hair that I never knew before. And the stylist was so friendly and helpful and didn't try to push the products on me (although I agree some do). Best of luck to you!


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Yea the last deva cut I had seriously tried to push those products down my throat. In general I've found that deva cuts don't give me what I want. The haircut I had last week I thought would turn out well. The girl was giving me tips about curly hair care (albeit things I already knew but I didn't say anything to not come off as a know it all) and really seemed to know about it. But then she blow dried my hair straight because she said it's the only way she could cut it. Then when she finished cutting she was done. She left me with pin straight hair despite me telling her I never straighten my hair. I guess she thought I was too lazy to do it myself. No... I just hate how I look with it -__- and I did. I had to give the fakest smile and thank u that I could muster. The moment I got home I stuck my head in the shower and ended up cutting more off of when it dried. *sigh* starting to wish I didn't have this hair
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Yea the last deva cut I had seriously tried to push those products down my throat. In general I've found that deva cuts don't give me what I want. The haircut I had last week I thought would turn out well. The girl was giving me tips about curly hair care (albeit things I already knew but I didn't say anything to not come off as a know it all) and really seemed to know about it. But then she blow dried my hair straight because she said it's the only way she could cut it. Then when she finished cutting she was done. She left me with pin straight hair despite me telling her I never straighten my hair. I guess she thought I was too lazy to do it myself. No... I just hate how I look with it -__- and I did. I had to give the fakest smile and thank u that I could muster. The moment I got home I stuck my head in the shower and ended up cutting more off of when it dried. *sigh* starting to wish I didn't have this hair
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Oh no! I'm so sorry you had to go through that. I really dislike stylists who think they know curly hair and then butcher it. It's not fair to you, especially if you told her you didn't want that. I probably would've been mortified and angry at the same time.

I went to get a haircut once and they cut it dry, but they brushed it first! I had to ask her to stop and not use a brush on my hair. She proceeded to tell me she couldn't cut it any other way. I was so angry because she already started and had to go somewhere else with my hair uneven. If you're paying the money, shouldn't they at least want to listen?

Although, I find that after most haircuts I've had in my lifetime, I've had to go home, wet my hair, and restyle it. Last night, I didn't have to for once!

One of my biggest pet peeves is when they try to see you the product too. You'd let them know if you needed it!


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Yea I should have gotten a hint by the fact that her hair was pin straight but she said she has super curly hair that she straightens all the time. I'm glad ur cut went well though! I'm still on the fence about driving the 2 hours to get the ouidad cut. Luckily I have until March to think about it. And seriously, if I tell u I have tried a product line and didn't like it, don't tell me "you should give it another shot!" No *****, my hair has not changed since I last tried them, and I think I know my hair better than u.
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How annoying and lazy of her to keep your hair straight at the end
One of the best stylists I've ever had has pin straight hair (go figure) and I've gotten jacked up by all hair types.
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i do think they CAN be worth it, so long as the stylist really knows what they are doing (if you're going to the flagship in nyc, i know they are trained very well). also, you should feel safe before they begin to cut, they should make you feel comfortable and discuss the cut you'd like (bring pictures!!! i tell clients to make a board on pinterest and then it's easy to just pull it up and discuss different things they like). the stylist should be able to tell you why - or why not- that a particular cut will work for you and what the everyday styling and care will require to maintain the look. any flagship salon will probably push their brand with little room for discussion about other hair care methods. this is unavoidable when you go to a salon that only sells their own brand. I am Ouidad and Deva trained and I find that when clients have been unhappy with a deva cut, the ouidad cut (particularly the "de-bulking" method, aka carve and slice) is usually the difference they were looking for, so if you weren't thrilled with the deva cut, you might like/prefer the ouidad technique. I have lots of college girls that visit me once every eight months or so, so if the cut will last a while, that might make the price tag a bit easier to swallow. Also, if you don't love the cut, don't be afraid to call back and ask for a tweak (or maybe check ahead and see what their policy is beforehand).

good luck, i know it's a tough decision to make, but that's my 2 cents. xoxo
Thank u curlgirl. Still haven't decided what I will do, but luckily I have until March to decide
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