No More Transitioning: I Just Got A DevaCut!

The Backstory

On December 5, 2013, my life changed.

Okay, so maybe I’m being a little melodramatic. But on December 5th, I ended my 21 month transition from heat damaged hair and went 100% natural. Like many transitioners, from the outset of my process, I had the end in mind. I was going to go at least 24 months. I was going to make a huge YouTube production out of it by chopping off my ends in the mirror and letting them fall to the sink in slow motion. I was going to e-mail President Barack Obama about it and ask him to hold a dinner in my honor.

Maybe I’m kidding about that last one. Maybe. But as fate would have it, I didn’t make it to the 24 month mark. During the first week of December, I grew increasingly irritated with my heat damaged ends. My newly grown hair had taken over, leaving my ends looking down right janky. I had entered my “lazy” phase, where all I wanted to do was wash and go and I could no longer stomach the thought of waiting forever for braids or bantu knots, or perm rods to dry. I had the itch, the itch to cut.

As my hair began to grow out, I realized a DIY cut just wasn’t going to work for me. My right side was full of bouncy curls. My left side had a wavy-curly pattern. The front was shrinkage city and my crown looked like it belonged to someone else. As the time drew near, I knew that I had no other option but to get a DevaCut. I did my research and whittled it down to two options: visiting the famed “Curl Dr.” Shai Amiel in Studio City at Capella Salon or going to the Devachan Salon in Culver City. Ultimately, it boiled down to price and distance. I could drive 15 minutes from my house (I live in Los Angeles) and visit the Devachan Salon for $80, or take an hour and $180 and make my way to Studio City. At some point I may pay Shai Amiel a visit, but for now his price point is way out of my budget.

Curious about how things would go for me, I called the Devachan Customer Service line. I explained that I was looking to get a cut, and that I needed someone who worked with highly textured natural hair. I also explained that I was transitioning from severely heat damaged hair and that while I wanted my damage gone, I also wanted to retain length. The representative Victoria seemed genuinely interested in my story and assured me that I’d be in the best hands with Sergio, the Culver City Devachan’s multicultural stylist. Still nervous about the cut, I booked a consultation with Sergio so I could feel him out.

After mulling it over for 24 hours, I called back and changed my consultation to an appointment with Sergio. I decided to stop dragging my feet and just go for it. Here’s my hair before the cut:

The Devachan Salon Experience

When I entered the Devachan salon, I was welcomed by name (made me feel all kinds of special). My jacket was immediately taken to coat room and in exchange I was given a champagne-colored satin robe. Fancy! I was offered water or tea, and then moved on to my consultation with Sergio. He went through my hair and inquired about how much I wanted to cut, if I wanted bangs, how to handle my multiple textures and more. He made me feel completely comfortable and confident that he would be able to handle my hair. He also promised not to cut my hair super short (which was a huge concern of mine).

After that, we went right into the cut (yes, while my hair was in a dry state). With the Devachan method, hair is cut curl-by-curl (literally) while the hair is dry. Not dry and straight, but dry and textured. The rationale for the dry textured cut is that the hair is elongated. When wet, there is the chance that too much hair will be cut and it would be a lot shorter than you might have bargained for. For someone not concerned about length, that probably isn’t a big deal. But I have a big head. Length is definitely a concern and one of the reasons I transitioned instead of big chopping. Here’s a little chop action (and yes, that’s Sergio behind me):

And immediately following the cut, before washing and styling:

 

After the initial cut, I was escorted to perhaps the most luxurious wash area I had ever seen. I laid back on something like a chase lounge with super comfy curvature. There were also super posh curtains that could be pulled for privacy but totally not necessary. Laying comfortably on my back, a styling assistant began the process of educating me on the Devacurl products, practices and methods while cleansing, detangling and conditioning my hair.

I didn’t feel like product was being pushed on me at all! She explained each product that was used; what it was and what it did. During the wash, my scalp was cleansed with a mixture of baking soda and DevaCurl No Poo to remove buildup and help with my scalp psoriasis. DevaCurl One Condition was used to cowash the length of my hair, which tends to be dry (she told me my hair was dehydrated, which was interesting). For deep conditioning, she used DevaCurl Heaven In Hair. Overall, I really liked how the DevaCurl products made my hair feel. I didn’t feel like the styling assistant was doing any damage or yanking to my hair, even while detangling.

While soaking wet, she applied DevaCurl B’Leave-In and DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel to my hair to set the style, and scrunched the excess water and product out with a DevaCurl microfiber towel. I was then taken under quite possibly the most futuristic-looking hooded diffuser ever on earth. Once my hair was dry, Sergio went in again with the shears to clean up anything that had been missed or overlooked.

The final look with their products (this was my next day hair):

And the final results! Well, this morning at least. Last night, my hair was styled with DevaCurl B'Leave-In and Ultra Defining Gel. I just freshened it up this morning with a little @soultanicals Mango Dip Detangling Slip and stretched the front (like I normally have to do) with two clips. Ya'll were right! I love the softness, body, and everything! If you're in or near LA, I totally recommend @surgeoh at @devachanculvercity!!! #DevaCut #naturalhair #heatdamagebegone  #bigchop (kinda) #trialsntresses #naturalhairdaily #naturalhairuniverse #emergingnaturalistas #curlygirlcollective #curlkitchen

And this is my hair after being washed, conditioned, and styled with my own products:

Day 2 with this #washngo! @soultanicals Mango Dip Detangling Slip as my leave in, @tginatural Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer to lock moisture and help define, and @kurleebelle Jelle Coconut Styling Gel for light, touchable hold. Sealed my ends with @creamandcoco Green Tea and Hibsicus Black Castor Oil. #DevaCut #bigchop #minichop #naturalhair #naturalhairuniverse #naturalhairdaily #curlygirlcollective #curlkitchen #trialsntresses #teamnatural_ #kurleebelle

Now I’m 2 months in the game, and looking something like this:

Day 3 #washandgo moisturized with @lrchealthyhaircare Mega Bounce & Body Leave-In Conditioner, sealed with @sheamoisture4u Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and set with TIGI Catwalk Curlesque Curls Rock Amplifier. As I shared last nighr, I OD'd on the Curls Rock Amplifier, and had super hard hair. @rapunzelthefutureofhair Hair Lotion and Hair Silk saved the day, and have my curls looking shiny and feeling soft! I didn't refresh or anything this morning after using the Rapunzel products last night. I did however, apply some of the awesome @frizzfreecurls Blueberry Curl Control Paste to my edges. #naturalhair #day3hair #supportsmallbusiness #LawrenceRayConcepts #SheaMoisture #tigi #RapunzelTheFutureofHair #naturalhairuniverse #nhdaily #trialsandtresses #tressesntreats #teamnatural_ #curlkitchen #curlsandfro #FrizzFreeCurls #curls #emergingnaturalistas #urbanhairpost

 

All in all, I don’t regret a single thing about getting my DevaCut. Styling has been amazing, and I am something like a wash and go pro…at least for my hair. I thought my world would dramatically shift in some ways after my cut (click here to see what that’s all about). Sergio encouraged me to come back in 4-6 months, so we could get some more shaping action going. And I’m certain that I will. Atleast, after this Manetabolism Challenge I’m doing ends.

Here are my takeaways from the Devachan Salon Experience:

Pros:

  • Consultations with stylists are free-99.
  • The staff and stylists were incredibly friendly.
  • They will do everything in their power to make you feel completely comfortable.
  • They take the time to understand your hair before jumping right in to the cut.
  • They consult with you along the way, asking for feedback and direction in terms of shape, style, and how much is cut.
  • The scalp cleansing felt like the most heavenly massage…ever.
  • The ambiance was nice, clean, and had an upscale feeling.
  • There is no set price – stylists range from $80 to $150 or more depending on popularity, experience, etc.
  • They did my friend Megan’s hair for free (washed and set, no cut) while she waited.
  • I absolutely loved No Poo, One Condition, and Heaven In Hair!
  • I am WILD about the cut (it took me a day or two to get there)!
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    Cons:

  • Although the ingredients in the products were good, I still felt like my hair was missing some softness. I needed a cream or butter after my leave-in.
  • I wasn’t wild about the diffusing. I hadn’t used a diffuser at all before, and after this experience I probably won’t ever. My hair seemed a little more dried out than normal, and shrunken.
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    For those that are curious, here’s what my DevaCut looks like when I straightened (I flat ironed my hair in December for Christmas), and used these products and ingredients to prevent heat damage:

    Results.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Thanks to everyone for your support, encouragement, and advice in my transitioning process! I'm so glad I was able to hang in there for 21 months. Every step along the way was well worth it -- even the missteps. My hair is healthier than it has ever been, and I absolutely love the versatility of being able to rock it however I choose. If this is how much my hair can grow in 21 months.... watch out years 3 and 4! #naturalhair #transitioners #healthyhairjourney #DevaCut #trialsntresses #curlkitchen #naturalhairdaily #naturalhairuniverse #ilnh #teamnatural_ #emergingnaturalistas #curlbox

     

    Decided to

    Here’s my final recommendation: By all means, have them use the DevaCurl products on your hair. You can even purchase the ones you like in-salon. But I highly recommend that within the next day or so following your cut, to start over with washing and styling your hair with your own products to get a true feel for the cut. I liked my cut the day of, but I didn’t LOVE it until I washed and styled with my own products.

    For more transitioning and natural hair tips from Christina, check out her blog, The Mane Objective. You can also find her on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

    Christina Patrice

    Christina Patrice

    Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

    25 thoughts on “No More Transitioning: I Just Got A DevaCut!

    1. I like the cut. I def feel the devacurl and hairules products are good products for in salon care and style for that day but to continue using them not so much, they arent as long lastingly moisturizing for ladies with kinkier or even cottony curls, they are still geared towards the curls of “certain” people

      • I didn’t find DevaCurl products particularly beneficial for my mostly-4b hair, but my 4c friend loves them. Different strokes…

        Great cut, Christina! Thanks for sharing. :)

      • Thank you! And I totally agree about the products. I love the conditioner, no poo, and heaven in hair…but they’re seriously missing some type of moisturizer in the mix! Oil, butter, lotion, cream…something!

    2. I had a VERY similar experience. I was transitioning from severe heat and color damage. I had grown completely tired of the two textures and needed it cut ASAP. I was also debating between the Devachan Culver City Salon and Capella Salon to see Shai. Since I LIVE in Culver City, it made more sense for me to go to Devachan. I also LOVED The salon, the experience, and the cut. Carolyn was my stylist and she changed my life. I had never used Devacurl products before my visit, and now I can not live without OneCondition, I have two 32oz containers of it at all times.
      My hair is the healthiest it’s ever been, and I am obsessed with it. My wash and go’s are amazing.
      I can’t wait to go back to get my hair highlighted.
      Hell, I want to go back just for them to wash my hair. It felt heavenly.
      Congrats on your successfull transition to natural hair!
      And thank you for sharing, I always love your articles.

    3. Your hair looks amazing! I got a DevaCut this past November and its worth it. The stylist I went to only used Devacut products to wash my hair and a couple Uncle Funky’s and Design Essentials-which I find way more moisturizing than the Deva line. In hindsight, I would just go for the cut and style it on my own to save time and style it to my liking. I’m definitely treating myself to another cut and maybe some color this year. Once again, congrats on your transition!

    4. Congratulations! I have taken my daughter to the DevaChan Salon in NYC for her last two cuts. Great experience there and her hair loves it. I see your hair does, too. You look great. Congratulations on a successful transition and a great cut. I appreciate your sharing your story here. Not for nothing but I do think Obama should have hosted a dinner in your honor . . . this natural hair journey deserves praise!!

    5. Wow they did a great job. When I was seeking to get my hair cut I went to the DevaChan salon over here in NYC in Soho. I went It was so nice in there but she wanted to charge me $140 to cut my hair : O I was actually willing to pay. But something told me to look around and then I went to a salon in brooklyn called Salon Bohemia and they charge me $70 which is still an arm and a leg but I love it.

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    6. I love going to my devacut professional for an haircut and trims, but I also love my hair products for my wash and go better than the deva curl products :-)
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    7. Okay I’m convinced to let Sergio cut my hair. Met him a week or so ago and I really loved his vibe and the salon but wasn’t sure if I wanted to take the risk. But I’m Sold!

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