Deva Cut Natural Hair

by Alondra (pictured above)


Shape. It’s a word that has so much power…we pin, scrunch, push and pull all in the name of a nicely sculpted mane. Personally, I believe that the shape of your curls or coils can make or break your look and many women become very meticulous when it comes to who cuts it and how.

We watch YouTube videos, stalk Instagrams and ask questions in forums…you would think we were writing a thesis! But even with all the researching and interviewing, it all boils down to this: there are either two ways in which the hair can be cut…curly or straight. The following steps are based solely off of that ONE decision.

When I was on my quest for the perfect shape, I opted to go with a very popular curly cut called “The Deva Cut”. I chose this because I thought I was doing something by not straightening my hair and I thought that the shape it created was perfect for me….but laaawd somebody should have warned me because instead of the Deva Cut I got the “Dummy Chop”.

 Now I know there are many naturals who swear by this cut, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not for everybody! Here are some things to consider when thinking about getting a Deva Cut:

How Do You Wear Your Hair?

If you don’t wear a wash-n-go 25/8 then the Deva cut is NOT FOR YOU! I would repeat that but I feel like you got it the first time. Because they are cutting the hair while curly, you should definitely expect to have an uneven or even choppy look when you stretch your hair. Now if it all worked out for you, then that’s awesome! I’ve actually seen them come out beautifully, but I’m just giving a fair warning. I didn’t blow dry my hair until a month after my deva cut, and y’all…I promise I cried. My hair was severely uneven. In fact, one side was longer than the other. I was doomed. alondra deva cut natural hair

What Is Your Curl Type?

I believe the quality of your curly cut and your curl pattern goes hand in hand. If you have a looser curl pattern and it’s more consistent across your head, then nine times out of ten you will have a more precise, even cut. Because looser curl patterns (1-3B) really don’t experience a drastic amount of shrinkage so it’s easier to see what the shape will be both curly and straight. Now if you’re more on the kinky/coily side like myself and really don’t quite know what category you fall in, then I’d suggest you’d stay away. I’ve seriously got about 3 or 4 different patterns in my hair and I swear each one had its own length after the cut. In some places of my hair it shrinks up more than others so while the deva cut makes everything appear to look even while curly, it’s a whole ‘notha ball game when it’s stretched. It looked like I let somebody blindfold themselves and play Edward Scissorhands on my head.

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Do You Obsess Over Imperfections?

This is last question but, in my opinion, it’s the most important. If you cannot, in any shape, form or fashion, deal with seeing unevenness in the slightest, then this cut is not for you. Take it from me; it is the HARDEST cut to correct. Because it’s so heavily layered that the only way to seriously fix it is to chop it all off. If you feel like your head is too grand to rock a short cut, like me, then you know that option is a no go. You’ll be forced to deal with it as your hair grows out. In my case, it’s been a year since I got the Deva cut and over time things are starting to look a lot better. But for about 8 months, I was extremely miserable. If you’re the type to analyze your strands one by one and cherish uniformity, then girl, just go ahead and pass on being a “Deva,” because you’re bound to drive yourself insane.

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Now it goes without saying, that you definitely want to find a skilled stylist no matter what cut you are receiving. However, with the nature of the Deva Cut, it is my opinion that only Jesus can get it right the first time. If you still want to take the leap of faith, then by all means, do so. But I don’t want your perception of it to be skewed by the perfection we often see on the net. The truth is…everything just doesn’t work out for everybody. So keep that in mind when you’re considering any hairstyle, especially a cut!

If you have ever gotten a deva cut, tell me what you thought of it! I’d love to hear about it!


About Alondra: Joke telling, hair pick toting, life-living Southern Bell by way of Memphis, Tennessee. I’m a young,educated black woman pursuing dreams by day and a super hero by night; my powers reside in my mind. To state it simply, I plan to save the world one conversation at a time. @Color_Me_Diva @MyManeThang

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68 Comments on "I Got a Deva Cut and HATED It: Why It Didn’t Work for My Hair Type"

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Mary in Md

Your cut looks fine to me. I aspire to be a “Deva”. But, alas, I have no patience for finding a reputable stylist, sitting still for a professional cut or growing it out. So, I’ll have to be content with my mullet. LOL


Omg I knew my friend were not the only ones. It was so bad I had to make a yelp review. It’s been 6 months and I’m scared to see what my hair will look like fully straight but read my review below:


I think it looks fine too. As someone with 4c hair I can go to the barber and get my Afro shaped old school style for not much money. Them old school and classiclly trained black barbers can hook you up. My fro would laugh at a Deva cut.


I like the way your hair looks. But this is just another example of not everything works for everyone. Trial and error.


Do you have any pic of when you first got the cut? All the pics above look like you blew your hair out. I do see the lopsidedness on the pics above, but it doesn’t look horrible. Have you decided what you plan to do? Meaning are you gonna keep curly? Or are you gonna trim until you get the shape you want on blown out hair? Thanks for sharing your story!


$c hair chiming in here. . . Yeah, never EVER gonna try this, I wear my hair stretched all the time.



Just to clear everything up, I researched the salon (I always do) and they ranted and raved about the stylist that I scheduled with. I noticed she had only worked with looser curl patterns but I didn’t think anything of it. Also, those pictures were taken over time. I had 2 additional cuts after the Deva cut to try to correct it. The one in the gray pull over is when I blew it out and realized that one was obviously longer than the other. The second pic (U of M shirt) was taken after I went back to the… Read more »

Where did you get your deva cut


Am I the only one who thinks the haircut looks nice? Maybe it’s the angle of the photos but I don’t see any unevenness. :/

good luck

I see the uneven sides in all the pics except the leopard print one and that one the part isn’t directly down the middle so that may have helped.

Ubah Luar

Finally, i was thinking the same thing:)


Nope looks like a layered cut to me. I would have loved to see the wash n go look of this hair cut for comparison.


@ Iva – I was scrolling down looking for the photos of the haircut looking uneven/unflattering before realising those ARE the photos! It looks really nice to me and it seems like the cut enhances the volume of the hair.

I got a Deva cut recently and whilst I hated the way the hairdresser styled my hair & the products she used (I hate too much curl cream/gel and prefer a more softer, less defined look with a little frizz) I absolutely loved the cut the next day once I had washed the products out.


I urge you to look again at the picture of me in the University of Memphis shirt, lol. One side is obviously verrrry angled and the other is straight down pretty much.


I live in Memphis and looking for someone the past 2 years to cut my hair correctly. Who cut your Deva cut? Also, who cuts your hair now?


I agree. But when it’s your own hair, you literally notice EVERYTHING! Lol


Great article. I’ve been thinking about getting a deva cut but I’ve been wondering if it was really for me. I like the idea of not having to use heat to have my hair trimmed. Generally the understanding has been that the cut is great for people that were their hair curly 90% of the time. However, she makes a great point about stretching the hair because while I don’t use heat, I do, however, flat twist my hair at night to stretch my “wash n go.” Guess I’ll stick to trimming my hair my self for now.

I have 4a chin length hair with at least 90% shrinkage. I got a deva cut and loved it! I also had the intention of wearing wash n gos most of the time. I agree that the cut does not look “polished” when the hair is stretched, but I don’t like stretching my hair anyway (I have thin hair and it looks limp). If you going to get a deva cut make sure to research your salon. I found a fantastic salon that specialized in curly hair. I had an awesome experience since the hairstylist spend the entire two hours… Read more »

The pic of your hair where u are wearing the animal print top is cute, you can see the “Deva” cut shape. Our hair grows at different rates I have never had any type of cut and one side is naturally longer than the other, although u wouldnt know wearing my hair curly, and even then its not noticiable even when i blow dry it.


Hey! I had to get my hair cut 2 more times after the initial Deva Cut to finally achieve the “deva cut shape”. I got the cut in June, that picture was taken in January. My friend is the one who actually cut it when I had on the leopard shirt. It looked symmetric then, but believe me, it was still very uneven throughout my head. That was just enough to get me through it lol.


Thanks for this. It really cleared up a lot of questions for me.


This happened to me too. I ended up looking like a young Jonah Hill for a year. In my case also the Deva cut was a disaster – and a not cheap one either!!
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I’ve never gotten the cut, but I’ve coveted it for years because I am the woman for whom it’s designed. I don’t stretch or straighten my hair for out styles. I just want some talented person to make sense of my many textures so my wash-n-go looks right. If I get a perfectly blunt cut on straightened hair it looks like a complementary nightmare for your curly cut/stretched style on my curls because of my multiple curl sizes. Mullet City ahoy!