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

    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.

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    25 Comments on "No More Transitioning: I Just Got A DevaCut!"

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    Hillary

    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!

    caray

    I cant image this work­ing on kinky hair types includ­ing my 4a hair.

    LaShon Renee @ For the Love of Curls

    The Deva cut works on all curly hair. Chary­jay gets a Deva cut and she has type 4 hair.

    youngin girl

    So divaish.

    Cre8tive

    Hair looks amaz-balls, in both curly & straight styles!

    nappy headed black girl

    Ooh-wee! Your hair looks fab. So lus­cious lol I’m glad you had a good expe­ri­ence. I’ve heard noth­ing but pos­i­tive things about the Deva cut.

    lauryn

    So is this a Deva­Cut adver­tise­ment? 0_o

    Miss Elisa K.

    I love that hair cut!!!

    Tracy

    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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    Brittany. L

    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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    Tyler

    I’ve nev­er had a Deva Cut, but they don’t seem that dif­fer­ent from a nor­mal, cheap­er-priced hair cut IMO..
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    LaShon Renee @ For the Love of Curls

    Deva cuts are awe­some! My curls pop so much bet­ter after. I will nev­er get my hair cut straight again.

    JazzWife

    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!!

    Nadia

    Miss read­ing your blog hope all is well with your fam­i­ly and your keep warm.

    Natalia

    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!

    Christina Patrice

    Thank you! I cosign on the prod­ucts. I love their cut, but I liked my hair so much bet­ter after I slapped some of my good­ies from home in there.

    Relle
    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… Read more »
    Christina Patrice

    Oh my good­ness yes!!! That wash was.…ah-may-zing! I’m so used to self-scalp mas­sages, so when some­one else touched my hair I lost my mind!!!

    momofIV

    con­grats on the transition…beautiful curls

    Christina Patrice

    Thank you, thank you!

    Redseouls

    Con­grats on a suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion! Pret­ty hair and great cut!

    Christina Patrice

    Thanks so much!!!

    R

    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

    Christina Patrice

    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!

    LBell

    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. :)

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