This was my first time visiting this salon so I wasn't sure what to expect. I found the salon on Devaconcepts.com meaning that they have at least one stylist working there who is trained in the Deva dry-cutting technique as developed by Lorraine Massey. Alyssa is one of two stylists at this salon that were trained by DevaChan. She is a beautiful girl with a very gentle, sweet personality. Even though she does not have naturally curly hair herself, she seemed very comfortable with using the cutting technique. Her understanding of how curly hair behaves was pretty clear right from the start. I explained that I was just looking for a reshaping of my existing Deva cut with some shorter curly pieces that would fall across my forehead. She listened carefully as I told her about wanting to grow my hair out but knowing that we would have to take a little bit off in order to get rid of any split ends. She did exactly what I wanted! After washing and scrunching Deva product into my curls, we set about drying my hair upside down (as I usually do at home). At one point though, I asked her if she would mind if I just finished it up on my own as my back was starting to hurt since I was used to doing it while standing up. She was fine with that and I showed her how she could actually lift the diffuser right up to the scalp and include larger sections of hair for faster drying time. I also cautioned her about not running her hands through the curls or fluffing them so as not to disturb the natural curl pattern until they were completely dry. I appreciated her openness to learn. I'm looking forward to my next appointment with her though it may be another six months or so before I need a cut again. I will be recommending her to all my curly friends. Go Alyssa!