Deva stylists in Atlanta?

Has anyone ever visited any of the Deva-trained stylists in Atlanta? Any feedback?

The Deva website lists 3 salons and 4 stylists:
Christina Carsillo at Haarmony Salon; Sandra Hayes and Melissa Chisman at The Salon on Jett Ferry; and Cheri King at Bellabloom. None of these places seem to have been reviewed at NC.com.

Thanks!
Hey,
I honestly don't know about the Deva stylists, however I also live in atlanta and got a haircut from Kristen james at Kristen james studio and I loved it. She is a curly hair specialist. She listens to you very carefully to make sure that you get the style you want. She has this special "c" cut that she does which helps with the curl. I just remembered my hair feeling so much more bouncier and thicker after my haircut and now that its growing it has never looked better. I would really reccommend her. The only thing that isn't so great is that her c cut is 100 dollars! yikes I know, but in my opinion its worth it - especially since I will only get my hair cut once or twice a year. Her trims aren't as pricey though. However the c -cut will work with your curl, allowing it to look its best.
What is the difference between the c-cut ($100) and the haircut ($70)? Does it depend on the length of the hair?
Has anyone ever visited any of the Deva-trained stylists in Atlanta? Any feedback?

The Deva website lists 3 salons and 4 stylists:
Christina Carsillo at Haarmony Salon; Sandra Hayes and Melissa Chisman at The Salon on Jett Ferry; and Cheri King at Bellabloom. None of these places seem to have been reviewed at NC.com.

Thanks!
Originally Posted by marilynalice
I have been to Melissa at The Salon. Its right in Dunwoody on Jet Ferry Road (go figure!). She's actually really good. She does a combo of the Deva C Cut and the Ouidad Carve & Slice. She does color pretty well too. However I stopped going to her b/c I moved and b/c my hair started getting too thin at the bottom -but just talk to her and let her know what you like. They use Deva products there too. Also, she books ups so you need to call about 2-3 weeks in advance.
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Has anyone ever visited any of the Deva-trained stylists in Atlanta? Any feedback?

The Deva website lists 3 salons and 4 stylists:
Christina Carsillo at Haarmony Salon; Sandra Hayes and Melissa Chisman at The Salon on Jett Ferry; and Cheri King at Bellabloom. None of these places seem to have been reviewed at NC.com.

Thanks!
Originally Posted by marilynalice
I'm looking up those salons, thanks! I just switched over to CG and I need a good salon =)

However, it looks like Bellabloom doesn't exist? O.o Yeah, as a college student, no matter how good Kristen James and her C cut is, I can't afford a $100 haircut! =( I'll look at the guys at Haarmony and the Salon though =)

Thanks!
If you do try any of them out, please be sure to let us know what you think!
Hey,
I honestly don't know about the Deva stylists, however I also live in atlanta and got a haircut from Kristen james at Kristen james studio and I loved it. She is a curly hair specialist. She listens to you very carefully to make sure that you get the style you want. She has this special "c" cut that she does which helps with the curl. I just remembered my hair feeling so much more bouncier and thicker after my haircut and now that its growing it has never looked better. I would really reccommend her. The only thing that isn't so great is that her c cut is 100 dollars! yikes I know, but in my opinion its worth it - especially since I will only get my hair cut once or twice a year. Her trims aren't as pricey though. However the c -cut will work with your curl, allowing it to look its best.
Originally Posted by mdderm
SORRY FOR THE LENGTH OF THIS POST, BUT IF YOU'RE CONSIDERING KRISTEN, YOU MAY WANT TO STICK WITH IT . . . .

I decided to try Kristen last fall after reading the raves on here. I had been hoping to find someone good who was not quite as expensive as the girl I'd been using - she was pretty good, but not especially curly-trained.

Kristen was actually a little more at $100. The first time I went to her, she just trimmed my just-below-shoulder-length 3a/b hair, said it didn't really need anything more. That favorably impressed me because I knew that to be true. She speaks Curly Girl language, unlike any other Atlanta area stylist I've tried, but she was wearing her own naturally curly hair pretty short and very straight as of January.

She used Deva Curl products on me, but she also uses Miss Jessie and other products sold next door at Urbanbella. I had been wanting to try Deva, so was interested to see how they worked.

She did give me the conservative trim we'd talked about and then showed me how to give small locks just a slight turn, not a real twist, at the end using Angell and then putting me under the dryer. I didn't like the results since she'd kept the top straight and flat and only encouraged curl in the bottom. That didn't put me off, though, because I seldom like the way any stylist fixes it. They all, including Kristen, handle it too much and try to give it a final styling before it's completely dry.

Anyway, I wasn't concerned with her styling, just her cutting. And this first cut was OK. But just that - nothing exceptional. I gave here the benefit of the doubt, though, thinking it would take a couple of cuts to get the full effect of her "C-cut".

Well, I went back in January and decided to go for it and have her color it, too - I had been getting all-over foil low lights and caramel highlights to try to blend the gray I'm getting (maybe 15-20% gray). I liked the colorist I had been going to, but she wasn't a cutter, and I wanted to try to simplify things by getting it all done at one place.

I was open to pintura or other types of coloring, although I told her I'd already tried all over permanent color, and my hair tended not to hold it well. She suggested just sticking with the low/high foils, but going with a deeper color on the highlights since I felt they looked too light at that time, probably from too much sun over the summer.

Then she gave me supposedly the same cut as before but adding some cheekbone-length pieces since the front of my hair is real heavy and forward-growing, insisting on a definite left-hand part that causes it to try to hang heavily in my face. I mentioned shortening this area as a possibility, but not calling for bangs, per se, since I didn't want a sharp line of demarcation to the area, but rather, would like it blended into the rest of the hair. I showed her a couple of pictures to try to illustrate what I meant. Kristen jumped right on that saying she thought that would work great and repeated it to me, seeming to understand exactly what I was saying.

After she cut it, I told her I'd prefer to leave with it wet so it'd have time to get completely dry before it was styled this time (getting a little dig in there), so she again used Angell and I left (I had been using it some since that last vist and was just not impressed).

It didn't do well that day even once it dried, but I hoped it was just because it was too dry by the time she worked the Angell into it. Unfortunately, that was to be the best hair day I was to have for the next few months!

It would not do anything at all, no matter what styling method or products I tried. I took to rolling it 2-3 times a week on Caruso steam rollers to get it to look like anything at all. Fortunately, it was winter and low humidity, so that worked for a while. These rollers use steam, not heat, so they aren't damaging and give smooth, pretty curls. The hair looked good, but they just aren't practical in Atlanta for most of the year with our humidity.

Oh, as for the color, it was lighter than before, not deeper as it was supposed to have been! Other than that, I had no complaint about the color results - nice, even natural streaks that blended the gray.

I should've gone back to Kristen and spoken up, I guess, but I was so freaked out, I didn't want her touching it again. I was so gunshy, I was afraid to try anyone else either because prior to Kristen, I'd had another bad experience at Salon 78 in Lilburn, which I also "heard" about on NC.com (see my review).

With warm weather soon to be here, I was going to have to do something soon. My alternatives were to go back to Katherine at Salon 124 in Duluth - the one I said was OK but with no particular curly specialty, go back to my long-time guy, Eduardo, at Off the Boulevard in Hapeville, or try someone new again.
I'd actually love to go to Eduardo, but from where I live now it's a 65-mile round trip, and I just didn't want to start that again if I could help it. I started going to him about 20 years ago when I lived in Fayetteville on that side of town - my sister worked at Delta Airlines and found out about him from several flight attendants who used him. His mother has very naturally curly hair, and he learned to work with it because of her. But then I moved to Lawrenceville on the northeast side of Atlanta. Tried a few people locally at first and when I couldn't find anyone I liked, I went back to Eduardo anyway for several years, but that drive got so old, that I started looking again over the past two years.

After the Kristen experience, I was about to give in and go back to him when I saw a new review on this site for a salon right in Lawrenceville! There was only the one, but I finally decided I'd at least give Martha a try at the end of May.

She's a curly head, though not a CG, herself. She gave me a conservative trim, wanting to get that crazy front behaving better without taking too much off of any of it. Her salon uses Redken products, so they're not sulfate- or cone-free, and she didn't cut it dry as Lorraine Massey recommends. However, though there was little difference in length, it worked MUCH better after she cut it.

So far, so good - it's not quite back to itself yet, but I like it well enough that I'm going back to her shortly. It's only been about 8 weeks, and I usually go about 12 between cuts, but I'm anxious to get it even further into shape.

If you're anywhere near this area, I'd recommend her. Or if you're on the south side, look up Eduardo Torres at Off the Boulevard and tell him Annette sent you! Good luck with whomever you choose!

BTW, Martha at Salon Disegno was $45 and Eduardo was about the same last time I went to him, about two years ago - Much more reasonable than Kristen James for, at least in my case, much better results - but I didn't like the way Martha or even Eduardo, usually, styled it either. But, who cares, as long as the cut is good?!

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Hey,

Does anyone here know of anyone who braids hair at a reasonable and respectable love of my hair in Atlanta? I'm transitioning and trying to find someone who wont pull my hair out and charge an arm and a leg to braid my hair is hard to find in the A.

Any help will be wonderful!

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I see a lot of places around where I work in Decatur, near Lithonia, but I don't know anything about any of them - sorry!
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I went to Stephanie Lotts at Bellabloom in Peachtree City this past Tuesday. The jury's still out since I have yet to wash and style from scratch since then, but so far, so good. It's curling better and the shape is better. My only complaint so far is that I seem to have some long stragglers from underneath at the bottom in the back, but I think that's just the difference in the way it's curled each day since from the way it happened to be curled the day she cut it. I do need to get her or someone to give them a little additional trim. Overall, it's already doing much better than either of the cuts I got from the highly touted Kristen James, formerly of Buckhead, now in Vinings, I believe (not a Deva stylist - she uses her own wet "C cut" method).

I did water rinse Wednesday morning, but yesterday and today I just spritzed with a little aloe/water mist and scrunched. Doing very well for three and a half days. I haven't even been pineappling or anything at night. And I haven't put it half up a single time except to wash my face - before, I'd put it up within a couple of hours of scrunching out the crunch because it'd be falling in my face and driving me crazy. The rainy weather isn't even affecting it today - it's still curled nicely with no additional frizz, even after running from the car into the building without an umbrella.

$65 for the cut, an upside down, sopping wet scrunching demo, clipping the top and sitting under the dryer (Kristen was $100 in January for just the clipping and dryer - may be more in her new digs). Didn't learn anything new from the scrunching/clipping demo, but I appreciated it 'cause you never know what you might pick up . . . .

They had two other stylists listed on the Deva site, but when I called I was told Stephanie was really the one to see. She's not a curly herself, but her husband is so she became interested in case she ends up with curly kids. Also, a curly client brought her the CG book and asked her to read and consider it. She did properly cut it dry, deliberating over each little curl.

She cautioned me that, as I already realized, with a Deva cut if I blow it straight, it isn't going to look at all even since it's cut according to the curl - a consideration if you ever blow yours out. I don't. She did use Deva products on me but didn't push anything, just asked if I was OK on product.

If you decide you're interested, Bellabloom is in the Kroger shopping center on Highway 54 at Peachtree Parkway.
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HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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Annette - I sent you a PM. How would you compare your haircut from Martha at Salon Disegno, and your Deva cut at Bellabloom?

Thanks!
Annette - I sent you a PM. How would you compare your haircut from Martha at Salon Disegno, and your Deva cut at Bellabloom?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by marilynalice
Martha over Bella Bloom, definitely.

For others, without some of the detail I gave you in the PM, the Bella Bloom cut left a lot to be desired after I'd lived with it a little longer and styled it myself. I found that besides the long, straggly pieces at the bottom in the back, it had a lot of weird long pieces throughout. It did curl well, but once all her initial product was finally washed out, I was having as much problem as ever with flat top and it was falling in my face again - still had a 'ledge' - needed that face frame that Struttswife talks about.

So, a week ago, I tried yet another Deva stylist at Salon 54, also in Peachtree City, taking my hair even shorter. She has been to the Curlaboration twice in NYC after first having her own hair cut there, however, she doesn't totally buy into the Deva methods. She does incorporate a lot of what she learned into what she does. With my approval, she cut mine damp instead of dry and gave me a better face frame, an even bottom, and cut the crown so that I'm not going so flat on top, even without a lot of clipping. I think I like Carol Russo's work, the/a salon owner, and her prices were a little less than Martha's - Only $40 for the cut itself.

I'm undecided until I've lived with it a while and it's grown back out some whether I'll go all the way to Peachtree City in the future or just go back to Martha. They're both curlies themselves. Carol's older and more experienced, and I think she's probably had more training than Martha. That said, though, Martha is very talented and certainly worth giving a chance, especially if you live in the area. Maybe we could all encourage her to look into Deva training!

I'm game to try another who actually cuts it dry, I just think maybe the Bella Bloom stylist hasn't had enough real practice at it. What I initially took for carefulness seems in hindsight to have maybe been more tentativeness from inexperience, based on my results. I'd love to hear what others might say about cuts they've gotten there.

Bella Bloom was a nice salon but empty except for one person about to leave when I went in. No one else came in while I was there. Salon 54 was extremely busy, with a clientele of all ages, although primarily younger. Maybe that difference alone should tell us a lot. And if that is an indication, Salon Disegno (sp? I've seen it spelled half dozen different ways!) was reasonably busy both times I was there. Martha herself was busy with someone when I got there and had someone waiting after me on both visits.
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Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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Okay - so I've just come back from having my hair cut by Martha Gustafson at Salon Disegno, and I have to say I think she did a pretty good job - certainly no worse than the 2 previous Deva stylists I had visited and considerably less expensive.

Martha took time to sit down and understand what my concerns were about my hair - I wanted my back layers shortened a bit into more of a reverse bob, and I needed the tops layers trimmed to minimize my 'flat-top'. She did cut my hair damp, but scrunched in curl-creme first so that she could see my curl pattern before taking anything off. She also had an interesting method of cutting - almost like a modified Ouidad technique. She said she had worked it out herself, and likened it to cutting ribbons. She also mentioned the need to avoid cutting straight lines in curly hair. And oh yes - they do use Pureology products there as well as Redken, so the shampoo was sulfate-free.

My haircut was $48, and I'll have a better idea of whether this is a keeper once I have a chance to wash and style it myself. Thanks, Annette for the great information!
You're welcome - I hope you continue to like it.

Sounds like she's refined her method some since I last visited her. They've also added Pureology - before they had only regular Redken products.

All that sounds even more promising! I definitely will consider just sticking close to home and going back to Martha for my next cut.

Let us know if your impression changes.
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Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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HI,
I am looking for a stylist in the Atlanta area and was wondering how all of you like your cuts now that you've had them longer?

(I'm a wavy)

Any input?
I may not be the best judge - I was recently in Florida and Tiffany (Struttswife) cut my hair which is now looking great. But I would happily go back to Martha at Salon Disegno in the future. I also see that there are more Deva stylists listed in Atlanta and hope we'll see some new salon reviews soon.
I'm still liking my cut by Carol Russman in Peachtree City (308B willowbend Road - faces Hwy 54, 770-487-8985) and am about to go back to her again. I also wouldn't hesitate to go back to Martha Gustafson (I live in Lawrenceville where Martha is and often visit my folks near Peachtree City, so either is convenient).

Eduardo Torres is not Deva trained (unless recently), but he's a great curly cutter (wet, not dry). I went to him for many years, but he's just not convenient to me where I live now. Last I knew he was at Off the Boulevard Salon, 3395 Dogwood Dr, Hapeville, 404-765-0007 - he's always stayed around the south side of town as he does a lot of flight attendants' and other airline employees' hair. If I lost the other two, I'd go back to him though he's less convenient for me - I've gone back to him several times over the past 20+ years.

So, Marilynalice, you think Martha compares favorably to Struttswife? Cool! That's good to know. I'm torn between her and Caroll Russman, but I've liked the latter's cut so much, that I have another appt. in a couple of weeks . . . .
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett
Annette, I probably wasn't clear enough in my message. I was lucky to be able to get to Struttswife because my work took me to Florida. She's fabulous and not only did I get a great cut, she also taught me how to cut my own 'face-frame'. It was certainly time well-spent.

I wouldn't put Martha in the same class as Tiffany, who is far more experienced - but I think she's a workable alternative when I can't get to St Petersburg. Tiffany also said she would ask her Deva product-rep for stylist recommendations in Atlanta, and I'll post them when I hear back from her.
Annette, I probably wasn't clear enough in my message. I was lucky to be able to get to Struttswife because my work took me to Florida. She's fabulous and not only did I get a great cut, she also taught me how to cut my own 'face-frame'. It was certainly time well-spent.

I wouldn't put Martha in the same class as Tiffany, who is far more experienced - but I think she's a workable alternative when I can't get to St Petersburg. Tiffany also said she would ask her Deva product-rep for stylist recommendations in Atlanta, and I'll post them when I hear back from her.
Originally Posted by marilynalice
Thanks, that'd be great. Yeah, that's the main reason I decided to go back to Carol for now - a lot more experienced and has the Deva training to boot, though she doesn't necessarily use it, depending on your hair. I can see Martha just getting better and better, though.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett
I'm so glad I found this thread. I'm in Atlanta, and I'd been curious about the Deva cuts, but I'm so scarred by my experience at Christo in NYC 6 years ago that I'm skeptical of any specialty curly cuts.

A few years back, after I'd relocated to ATL, I called to make an appointment with Kristen James, but felt weird after speaking with her, and didn't end up booking one. And I'm diametrically opposed to a $100 haircut sight unseen.

I guess after all of this I'll stick to my normal routine which is Jamison Shaw, which I've patronized for the most of my time here, and Van Michael for color.

About Jamison Shaw: Yes, they blow my hair completely straight and usually flat iron. Yes, the cuts are pretty conservative. Yes, I've gotten tired of the same bob/lob/long look I've worn since high school. And yes, I've seen women 25 years my senior wearing the same darned french cut at the mall. But I always end up coming back after trying some experimental thing that's gone wrong, and I'll be going back to them for my first post-buzz cut trim in a few more months. I've never had to go back to get a cut redone, and that's saying something for a curly head.

I love that I can wear my hair either curly or straight and it looks good, and that you can get a trained stylist to cut your hair for less than $70 for a cut that lasts 3-4 months (see website first and ask for recommendations).

But stick to cutting at JS. The color experiences have not been great for the money; they've done the free hand technique on straight hair, and once it's curly the highlights are lost. Since I started noticeably graying I've been using henna + indigo and it looks like well-placed highlights.

If you want good color, try Van Michael in Buckhead. There's a husband/wife team there that is phenomenal and they use Aveda colors. I got incredible highlights the last time I went there, and they understood that curly hair needed much bigger chunks than straight hair. The results were great and the cost was not prohibitive (ie, over $200)
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