I’m 18 months into my curly girl journey and I learned early on that you need help. At some point someone is going to have to cut your hair and they need to know what they’re doing. The one time post-curly I got a fill-in stylist it went VERY BADLY. I left the salon I was at and switched to a full-curly Ouidad salon. And for my last cut I went to a Deva Curl salon. Now that I’ve done both and gotten styling tips from both, it’s time to see which one reigns supreme.
The cut: My Ouidad cut looked amazing. Curls were perfectly formed, nice and thick, they looked fantastic. I honestly couldn’t believe it was me.
The styling: Unfortunately I could never duplicate the salon look. Not even close. Ouidad advocates a Rake-and-Shake method to let your curls form naturally and every time I tried it I ended up with my hair separating into lots and lots of curls instead of just a few. It got kinda crazy and frizzy and uncontrollable.
The products: I purchased shampoo and conditioner from Ouidad and I had a sample of one of their gels. I wasn’t crazy about any of them, but they have so many that I can’t say if it was just a mismatch in the products. They also have several products that are not sulfate-free, which is a problem for some curly girls.
The cut: I don’t know that I saw much difference in terms of my cut with Deva Curl. Again, my cut came out great, it looked fantastic, and I was thrilled with it. The second time around I realized that a lot of their secret is the hair dryers, if only I had the time to sit under one every day. The only real difference I see is the lighting even though Deva Curl did a dry cut and Ouidad did a wet one.
The styling: A lot of the credit here goes to my stylist (Anthony at Shan Hair), who told me exactly what to do when I added conditioner and gel. I follow his directions almost to the letter. And you guys? It’s the curly hair I always wanted. Thick, full curls that don’t look too frizzy or too crunchy.
The products: I still hadn’t found a gel I loved, so I purchased the Deva Curl gel from the salon. I will probably never switch. It’s more expensive than drug store brands, but it’s also really reliable and one of the only products I shell out extra cash for.
So what’s my daily hair routine like now? It’s pretty much all Deva Curl methods from my fantastic stylist.
Shampoo like normal, focusing on the roots and the scalp. When I condition, I flip upside down and add it to the hair that way. I’m prone to oily roots so these two steps help keep my hair clean and manageable. I’ll never be able to quit traditional shampoo.
Out of the shower, I flip upside down and squeeze excess water from my hair and scrunch it with a t-shirt. Then I use duck bill clips to get my part the way I like, off to the left, and to give hair some volume and height. Ideally my hair stays like that for an hour or so, but there isn’t always time. When I remove the clips, I turn upside down again and scrunch and muss hair a bit to make sure the gel isn’t too crunchy. Flip back up, set with a bobbeye pin, and DONE.
I know some of this varies from salon to salon and stylist to stylist. But I never found a groove with rake-and-shake and was comfortable with Deva Curl styling right away. As another bonus, Shan Hair is more affordable than the Newbury Street Ouidad salon I tried and it’s just a few minute walk from my office. I’m sold.
Since my Deva Curl cut I’ve finally been comfortable having my curly hair be part of my signature look. Which means I’m finally figuring out what my signature style is and feeling less self-conscious when it comes to beauty and fashion. It’s the best, you guys.
I wasn’t given any product or anything for free, these were appointments and products I paid for and didn’t set up through the blog at all.