In December of last year—yes, I know, this is a very belated blog post—I went to get my very first Deva Cut, which is a specific method of cutting and styling curly hair. They cut your hair dry, so that the curl pattern is visible, instead of wet which can weigh down curls and stretch them out. Then they wash, style, and go back in with scissors to do any touchups. They never use a razor or thinning shears, and they cut each curl individually and at a specific point in the curl so as not to break it’s pattern. It’s a long hair cut, 1-2 hours, but totally and utterly worth it.
I was able to find a salon here in San Francisco, Madusalon, that caters specifically to curly hair and are experts in Deva Cuts. Previously I’ve had my hair cut at Ouidad in NY, where they also specialize in curly hair but they still cut your hair wet. When I moved to SF I was originally going to Barber Lounge until my stylist left the salon. I really liked my stylist there and we remain friends, but I had been wanting to try a Deva Cut for a long time now. (That post is from 4 years ago! Augh.) I’m glad I finally did, and am kind of kicking myself for not doing it sooner!
To start, here is what my hair looked like before:
It had been more than a year since it was cut, because I’d been lazy about going to a stylist, and was long enough to tuck into my pants. It was dry, frizzy, and I had lots of split ends. The length of it was definitely weighing my curl pattern down, resulting in stretched-out curls that were not as springy as they could be.
And here’s the after:
As you can see, it’s an incredible difference, and I’m very pleased with the results. I’ve had a second cut since then, 6 months later, and am due for my 3rd this Saturday. I’m trying to be diligent about scheduling future appointments when one is finished, so I don’t forget about it. So far, so good.
Since April I’ve also been adopting the Curly Girl Method [and here is a video about it, too] which is detailed in the Curly Girl Handbook, a book I highly recommend for anyone with naturally curly hair—no matter your curl pattern! The method mostly involves giving up shampoo in favor of conditioner-washing (co-washing, for short), and in doing so you have to be careful of what’s in the other products you do use—like gel, conditioner, etc.—because silicones, which are commonly used in those products, are not water-soluble and therefore would build up in the hair if not washed out with shampoo. I might write about the details and talk about the products I’ve been using at a later date.