Deva Curl Transformation
So I got a curly hair cut. I have never in my 24 years of having curly hair gotten a hair cut that is specifically designed for curls. Why? I have no clue, because it really does bring life and bounce to your hair! Mine has just been “blah” lately and I wanted to freshen it up and try something new. A Deva Curl stylist in my area reached out and I thought it was the perfect time to try a Deva Curl transformation. I am sharing some before and after pictures to show you just how badly my hair needed new life breathed into it. If you like before and after images, check these out.
My stylist cut my hair dry using the “waterfall” technique. She added layers, removed some bulk and shortened my hair by a few inches. It wasn’t anything drastic but when she got done it made a huge difference in the overall shape and texture of my curls. I was amazed! It gave my roots a big lift and I felt like my curls were lighter, bouncier and fuller. The Deva Curl stylists have to go through training and take lots of classes to be certified in the Deva Curl methods, so it is worth finding one near you if you are interested! These cuts aren’t easy, so leave them to the experts! Trust me, I have had about 5 life-altering haircuts from people who just weren’t comfortable cutting curls. The 7th grade me suffered a severe trauma, re: side bangs and highlights. Save yourself the pain. Use this tool to find a Deva Curl stylist in your area.
I think that 80% off the difference came from the way that she applied products and styled my hair. Remember, she was trained on exactly how to use the products for different types of curls! She was kind enough to write down all of the steps for me to take home, so I want to share it with you! Before we dive into the steps, here are a few rules of thumb she shared with me for all the curly girls to live by.
Never ever use a normal towel to dry your hair. Rubbing it with terry cloth will pull the curls apart and cause them to frizz. Opt for scrunching dry with a t-shirt or microfiber towel.
Don’t apply Deva Curl products to dry-ish hair. You want to apply them immediately after getting out of the shower. Since their products are sulfate and paraben free (the agents that typically leave your hair looking fake shiny), they rely on the water in your hair to lock in real moisture and give your curls a shine, so applying while wet is key.
Don’t use a brush or comb. Use your fingers to detangle in the shower. Brushes and combs will separate your curls, leaving them stringy.
Always shake out the roots. When your hair dries flat to your head, there’s no going back. Make sure to keep the roots lifted (possibly by using clips) while it dries to reduce the chance of it drying lookin’ like a swim cap ;)
Apply your products and dry your hair with your head flipped over. Fight the evil forces of gravity that want your hair to be flat by always always applying products and diffusing upside down.
Air dry when you’re able, diffuse when you have to.
Products and Steps
Shampoo with Deva Curl No Poo. Focus on the scalp and use the water to spread the product and massage it in.
Condition with Deva Curl One Condition and use your fingers to detangle and part your hair.
Rinse out all product and then scrunch excess water from hair while in the shower.
Once you’re out, flip your head over and toss your hair at the roots before applying styling products.
Keep your head flipped over for the remainder of the product applications.
Scrunch one pump of Leave in Decadence into ends that seem light or dry.
Scrunch 2.5 pumps of Frizz-Free Foam from ends to roots.
Scrunch 2 pumps of Gel from ends to roots.
Scrunch dry with t-shirt or microfiber towel.
Air dry or diffuse with Deva Curl diffuser
Drug Store Alternatives
Now, I am ALL about the Deva Curl products. I used them before this haircut for YEARS and it is all I want to use for the rest of forever. But I definitely understand that they can be pricey, especially if you are trying to transition to new hair care all at once. If you can’t swing the Deva Curl products (although I think they are worth it and you could just switch one or two items at a time) then here are my favorite more affordable products for curls:
This seems like a really good time to say, rock what you’ve got! I spent YEARS in junior high and some of high school wishing that my hair was straight. I would try to smooth it and minimize the curls and it was just not a good look. Be confident in your big, bouncy curls or in your tight little ringlets! When you OWN the crazy mess that can be curly hair, you’ll feel confident and beautiful. Tease it up, let it be bumpy and never apologize for leaving hair everywhere you go. We were born this way, baby! Never hide!
I would love to see your gorgeous locks. Send me pictures if you decide to try any of these techniques. And if you’re in the Greenville area, send me a PM and I will refer you to my curly girl!