Hair- It doesn’t define us, but it sure does attribute to who we are as individuals. That’s why I wanted to get my hair back to it’s natural state. You always want what you can’t have, and for a while I wanted permanently straight hair even though I wasn’t born with that texture of hair. When I got to college, I started flat ironing my hair every other day which resulted in heat damage. I also did keratin treatment’s which is terrible for the overall state of your health. Last year November I decided I wanted to change all that! I went to my lifelong hairstylist, Gabbi, and got her to cut a lot of my hair off. I loved the cut, but it didn’t stop me from continuing to put heat on my hair. Addicted is an understatement with regards to the amount of heat I put on my hair. After a couple of months I was pressured by both my cousin and a friend of mine to go to Devachan. Devachan is a hair salon that specializes in cuts, and colors for only curly girls. After reading reviews and seeing how excited they were about cutting and coloring their hair I had to try it for myself.
Back in March I made my first appointment for Devcachan for a haircut. Novella who cut and styled my hair did such a good job I wanted to go back. The service was excellent, and although I wanted her to cut more of my hair, she refused to do it. She explained to me that this natural hair thing would be a journey and I wasn’t going to get the results i wanted overnight.
Let’s flash back to August when I went back to Devachan for my second cut. My friend Fedorah was very pleased with how dedicated I was to getting my hair back to it’s natural state. She is one of the people from the natural hair community that really encouraged me to be patient and to keep going. Fedorah had the opportunity of meeting one of the women from Devachan who handles their Public Relations and she told her all about me. She expressed to their PR rep Samantha how much i loved both the service and results I got from my first cut, and how I wanted to share my experience with my subscribers. Rachel agreed to allowing Novela give me my second cut, and having Rachel perform the pintura (which means paint) method of coloring on my hair. Yet again, the service was amazing. We talked about hair of course, and other things that were of interest to the both of us. They also provided, my manager, Fedorah, and my camera guy with beverages and lots of knowledge I would need to stay on track with getting my hair back to it’s natural state.
You can see in their video above both of their methods of the coloring and cutting process. However, I still wanted to briefly explain it here.
For starters, prior to going to the salon you have to wash and condition your hair on your own. The stylist ask that you leave your hair product free, so that they can see it in it’s most natural state ever. They also ask that you search for photos of what kind of cut/shape you want so that they can create that look for you. If that look doesn’t fit your face or make sense for you they will suggest another look that works for you. That’s actually one of the things I appreciate about going to this salon. They aren’t pressed to get your money, they’re more concerned with you leaving their salon both looking and feeling good!
Once you sit in their chair and show them what you want they begin cutting your hair dry. They cut your hair dry so that they can see where all the dead hair is and chop off as much of it as they feel will suffice for the time being. After that i was greeted by Rachel who colored my hair. They really keep it all the way real with you when it comes to color. If they can see you’re hair isn’t strong enough for it, they will encourage you to wait x amount of time to come back and do it. That’s what Noveila did for back in March. Back to the pintura process. Rachel who colored my hair told me this is the color I was able to cut to until next month when I could come back and go lighter. For me that just showed she cared and saw the big picture. She begin painting from the bottom of my hair up sectioning it off into areas where she wanted to apply the dye. Once she applied the dye she wrapped the hair with the dye in aluminum foil. Once we completed the process they put me under one of their super cool dryers for a total of 15 minutes. The dryer looks like a halo that moves around your head. Once I was done she took out the foil and I went to the wash beds. If you choose not to color your hair you can go straight to the wash center after completing your cut.
Once I got to the wash area I was greeted by a nice assistant who had me lay on a bed and then she began washing my hair. This time they washed my hair with shampoo and conditioner from their new line ‘Decadence’. Decadence is a line that caters more toward people with tighter, coarser curls. From my experience i feel that there is more moisture in these products. The lady in the wash center also used Heaven in Hair to deep condition my hair. Once we finished the wash process she applied Supercream coconut curl styler to my hair, followed by the Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel and sat me under the dryer. Noveila added clips to give me hair volume and height, and then i went back under the dryer. After sitting under the dryer she checked my hair to see if there was anymore hair she thought needed cutting, and then begun to style it! Ta-Da!
For the best results I advise you all to go to their salon! You can also get their line of products from Sephora or on their website at DevaCurl.com . I’m telling you, i live by their Supercream Coconut Curl Styler, and their Ultra Defining Gel. It really makes all the difference!
If you’re a natural or on the verge of becoming one I encourage you go to Devachan Hair salon. For those of you who don’t live in New York City, they have smaller branches in different markets. Just log on to Devachan.com for info.
Once again, special thanks to Samantha, Novela,Rachel, and Fedorah for making this all possible!
Photo’s By: Visuals By Pierre