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

• Jul 16, 2014

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.

Alondra Deva cut Natural Hair 2

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.

Alondra Deva Cut Natural 3

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

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niksmit
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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!

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

Rach
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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.

Alondra
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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.

Chanelle
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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 »
CurlyGirlLov
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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.

Iva
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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. :/

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

Alondra
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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.

cayenne
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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?

IB
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@ 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.

PMS
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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.

Ubah Luar
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Finally, i was thinking the same thing:)

good luck
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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.

Alondra
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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 »
Jaida
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Where did you get your deva cut

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

D
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4c*

Redseouls
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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!

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

JENNID
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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.

curlyvixxen
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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:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/devachan-salon-new-york-2?hrid=jKy84taC3jLHen3M8xwEHw#src:self

Mary in Md
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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

Truth Hurts
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I think your hair looks ok, but I do agree this cut works best on loser hair types who wear one hair style… wash &go! Us with type four hair , wear twist outs, braid outs, mini/small twist, tuck and pin etc. I just know I dont wear my hair the same way everyday.

Was this Deva Cut invented by a white woman with curly hair??? If so thats probably why it dont work on type 4 hair.

Amanda
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I got a Deva cut because my hair looked like a hot mess mullet in its natural state when it was cut the traditional way. I love my WNGs, so I think it’ll work for me fine.

Thank you for this article though. I’ll refer people back to here when they ask me about the cut so that they can make a well-informed decision 🙂

cacey
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Beautifully said: “However, with the nature of the Deva Cut, it is my opinion that only Jesus can get it right the first time.” had me cracking up. i wouldn’t think of getting one of these at all, fer nuthin because i just know. i KNOW they would jack up my head. and i don’t consistently wear my hair in a WNG and even when i do it’s inconsistent as well- every day it draws up in different places in a million different ways. some areas are predictable, many others not. not the cut for me but it tends to… Read more »
cinn
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Great article. I have a similar issue. I have a TWA so I go to a barber. I do a simple wash and go all the time (oh the joys of having short hair!). His method of doing my hair is to pick it out and then trim down the sides and back into a fade. 2 weeks ago I asked him to take it down more all over except for the front. It looked great when he was done. It was this cute retro high top fade sort of thing, but when I went home and washed it, it… Read more »
BayouPrincess
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I think all of the pics look great. I’ve tried the Deva Cut and loved it. I wear my hair in a wash n go all the time so that’s why I got it cut in the curly state. If I wore my hair stretched all the time, then I would opt to get it cut while stretched.

Vera
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Honestly, I think your hair looks fine, but is your dissatisfaction with the Deva cut itself or perhaps it wasn’t done right?

CS
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I can see why it wouldn’t work for everyone but I guess I’m on the bandwagon of people who love the deva cut. Prior to getting my first one my wash and go just looked weird and boxy, I never wore it that way. After the cut, it gave me that option even though I still do stretched styles about 75% of the time. The stylist I went to was black and she really seemed to have good instincts about how my hair would behave after the cut even though most of the clientele coming in and out had much… Read more »
Piper
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I’m thinking about getting a cut and color as I started wearing wash & go’s more. Would you mind sharing – Which stylist did you see? At the NYC salon or somewhere else?

Michelle
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I like it. It looks good on you.

Jade
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I have three different textures on my head so I knew when they said they cut it in its curly state it would be a no go. I straighten my hair and cut layers and it looks good curly and straight.

Krystal
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Thank you thank you thank you for writing this review!!! I had the same exact experience. The first time I ever got my hair cut and decided to cut off my heat damage I went to Devachan salon in NYC. It was cute the day I got it done but even with my own wash n go (they never come out the same as when I go to the salon) it was uneven. Any twist out was ruined. And when I went to my main salon to get my hair flat iron my stylist said I needed my ends clipped.…when… Read more »
elsa
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I have a natural deva cut lol

Kenna
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Great article! It came right on time as I just made an appointment to get my hair shaped. I’m super glad that I ran cross this article cause now I know what to ask the stylist before they cut my hair. Thanks for sharing!

Decor
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I have gotten a Deva Cut at least 4 times in the past 2 years. My beautician is white and she has tremendous respect for curly hair whatever the ethnicity. I love getting the Deva Cut. My hair is not stressed out from a stylist who detangles, combs or dries my hair harsher than I do. Also, it would probably work for clients who wear their hair curly most of the time. I only straighten my hair maybe twice a year. If I need to trim it a little then, it’s an easy fix.

Rachel
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Does any one know who this youtuber is??? I have been trying to find her for ages because i forgot her youtube channel name
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my pretty
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Her channel name is Miix Mii.

Shanna B
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I just got one and I put my hair in box braids directly after because the stylist (a very nice white woman with curly hair who got great reviews online) had no idea how to style after the cut. I think she cut my hair fine but its too soon to tell. It was the after the cut part that was a mess. I.E the washing and applying product part. But I didn’t expect her to know how to do that so I just went home and re-wet/styled my hair myself. A few days later I tried a twistout, it… Read more »
Sophie
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I got a Deva cut and I liked it. I don’t think the problem is your hair type as much as the cut not fitting with how you want to style your hair. I don’t straighten my hair much and if I do I usually braid it or wear it up so I was most interested in my hair looking even when curly. The main thing I liked, though, was that the stylist was a specialist in curly hair and didn’t try to treat my hair like it was misbehaving straight hair like other people have!

Rosalie
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I went there to get a much needed trim. Although my ends were dry and damaged he said I didn’t need a cut?!?! He did twist and because they were closing I left with my hair still wet and was told to take the twist out myself. A week later I went to another salon and was very happy. In hindsight I’m glad I went somewhere else. If he was scared to cut my hair he wouldn’t have done a good job.

Piper
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Would you mind sharing — Which stylist did you see? At the NYC salon or somewhere else?

lauryn
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LOL @ “only Jesus”!

Courtney
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I had a bad experience a few years back and I was mortified! http://youtu.be/KXEUlW3YQaI?list=PLPqGkD9Jwi2h3SG_EdHfukUB7KtF_rz_y

Yolanda
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My Deva experience was bad too. I’m Puerto Rican and Panamanian, and my hair is on the mixed side. I like to wear my hair curly. I don’t like to experiment with my hair. While other Latin girls were highlighting and relaxing I did the best I could with what I had, naturally. I decided to get a Deva cut after reading about it online. The reviews, pictures, and fact that it cost so much convinced me that it must be the answer we curly girls were waiting for. The cut came out really nice, though shorter than I wanted… Read more »
whylie2010
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I think it looks good actually. Might try it myself

Dr Sheba
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I actually just got my first deva cut this past Friday. So far I have no complaints and my plan is to wear my hair curly for the most part. I guess I would have to see it straightened but I doubt I will be rocking a straightened style often. I’ll keep you posted.
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Andrea
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My friend got the Deva Cut a few times and loved it. She’s about a 3a texture. HOWEVER, her stylist warned her the cut can appear uneven on straight hair so she checked with my friend first how often she straightens he hair which is pretty much never. Based on her experience I thought it was the norm that they ask that question first but apparently not; then again I suppose it could be a potential loss of business especially when it comes to people with a kinkier texture that may wear stretched styles more often. In any case, I… Read more »
TEE
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I was having some issues with my hair as it was growing out and in turn I did my own deva cut (not that I knew that’s what i was doing, but now that i know the definition.…I see) and it did wonders for my look. The cut complimented my look very well. The key is to comb the hair in the same manner that it is cut—- hair looks best when combed in the (odd) direction(s) that it grows out of my scalp.

Jessica
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I had the EXACT same experience. I was excited for a few days because the shape was on point but I noticed that my twistouts were choppy and uneven. Then as time passed my hair became more and more frizzy. At first I was able to rock a wash and go with defined curls, but soon I was left with a full on FRO which I loved but it was dry and really just a frizzball. And this was using my own usual products — not devacurl products. When I gave in and went to a stylist who trimmed my… Read more »
Jessica
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Oh and (obviously) focus on going to a stylist who really knows what s/he is doing. I suppose it is possible that my guy just didn’t know what he was doing…someone like the “curl doctor” at Capella Salon in Studio City, CA who gets rave reviews. If you can afford to drop $225 for a cut…

Randi
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I haven’t got the official “deva cut”, but I did get a curly cut that shaped my hair, and I LOVED it! I will say that I only rock wash & go’s when I wear my hair curly. When I straighten my hair, it is pretty uneven and kind of choppy, but that’s to be expected as my hair was cut to wear it curly. When I straighten my hair and bump it, it looks pretty good and camoflauges the choppiness. I think it all depends on your stylist and your expectations. I got to Haiya at Studio 1514 in… Read more »
LadyV
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Alondra…THANK YOU. It’s time for my first serious trim as a natural and you prolly just saved my (hair) life. May your hair be bountiful 🙂

FineNaturalHairandFaith
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Lol “Only Jesus…” Yes lord
I was going to do it but I will not I absolutely detest deep layers

MaryDeane
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Omg, you nailed it on every level! I am Caucasian and have uneven curl patterns — some parts very tight curls, other parts just wavy — and Deva cuts have been NIGHTMARISH for me, for exactly the reasons you’ve described here. So. Damn. Choppy! Typically it will look nice in the salon the day of, but as soon as I wash it, game over. Good to know I’m not alone in wanting to run far, far away from any stylist who insists that Deva is the only way to go w/ curly hair!

Leigh Jones
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I don’t know why anyone would expect a Deva Cut to be suitable for blown hair… It’s meant to be for people who wear their hair curly. This cut is advertised as such. If its purpose and intent wasn’t relayed, it isn’t the fault of the cut or its originator, it’s the fault of the stylist chosen. I love the Deva Cut BECUASE my curls are not all the same length or even lengths. That’s what makes the cut and that’s why the hair is cut dry. To get that more wild, voluminous look. Curly hair is incredibly boring, to… Read more »
Aeria
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I experienced a ton of single strand knots and severe dryness whic probably has nothing to do with the cut but thought I’d add that. I’ve had to cut a lot of randomness stringy pieces and knots. Cut is nice but super afraid to blow it out or straightened.

Connie Crosby
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I am caucasian with a very uneven, unpredictable curl pattern. Unfortunately, I ruined my hair with adventure in coloring last year, so I ultimately ended up with a pixie cut. It has been awful trying to grow it back out. I really just wanted to comment and say I would NEVER dare let anyone attempt this technique on my hair. It never lays the same from one wash to the next. I always straighten (with LOTS of heat protectant) and get a dry cut with subtle layers. My hair shows scissor marks, so having it cut dry is always better.… Read more »
Shadra Strickland Illustration
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I just got my first $175 devacut at devachan salon in NYC. It was cute when I left the salon, though much shorter than I expected. My stylist didn’t want me to open my hair all the way up because it was raining that day. By the end of the night, it was a big frizzy mess. When I got home to Maryland and tried using my own styling products, the shape was awful! One side was longer than the other and it looked nothing like it did the day I got it done. I ended up trimming of a… Read more »
Aline
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geez, y so much hate?! the only problem I see is with cutting lock by lock -which is too random and easy to make mistakes.. other than that, DEVA CUT is a revolution to get curly hair look great, even with frizz and tighter hair textures, just bcs it’s got a great shape.. if you’re not happy with your hair, just straighten it or… do what like but let’s agree that the DEVA CUT is beyond criticism :

dene
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this cut ain’t for long hair black women. her hair is curl and it looks like some nightmare you do at home not pay for. every uneven. on looser curl patterns it looks better.

S Renee
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I don’t like the photo. I would have preferred for them to have on clothes. Or at least a pull up on the 2 year old. I don’t what the obsession is for nude pregnancy photos. Yes we were born naked but Adam and Eve also covered themselves after they sinned. Still a beautiful family.

Black Girl With Long Hair
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I think you left this comment on the wrong post.

ahfksjka
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Iyour hair looks good lol it’s just you

Ariana
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The Deva cut IS done with the idea that u won’t be blowing out/straightening your hair. Those activities not only stress your hair, but literally disrupt your curl pattern. Meanwhile, when your curls are cut into a deva cut, they are cut individually—to fall into a particular shape for your face/head. Trust me when I say they are NEVER even! If you aren’t ready to embrace your curls n stick with ONLY that, I’d have to agree that the deva cut is most likely not for you.? Considering it is quite an investment (at about $200+ per cut, every 4–6… Read more »
Marcela
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I just found this thread and I do agree with you, the Deva Cut is not for all, I got mine today and I absolutely hate it. I’ve always see the girls leaving the salon with their hair in beautiful curls and mine was a big puffy mess, I was placed under the drier and then had my hair flip upside down and diffuse( I don’t use diffusers) and my hair looked crazy and the stylist said let it dried before touching it…well why would I even touch it it already looked like a huge mess, I left the salon… Read more »
Tracy
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The Deva Cut is for curly hair (the looser the better) not kinky curly or kinky hair and I have long suspected this. It was confirmed today by a stylist saying that it was never meant for type 4 hair and doesn’t work on it. I’ll be sticking to flat ironing my hair 3–4 times a year and getting a trim at the local chain “cheapie “salon for under $20. I am not a “curly girl” I am a kinky girl like most Black women. The idea of severely uneven hair hurts my heart. I’m sorry that you had to… Read more »

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