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How Should I Wear My Hair to My Devacurl Consult or Cut?

It's your first Devacurl consult and you're not sure how to wear your hair, the answer is easier than you think - come with your hair in its naturally curly state, dry and free of tangles.

Simple as that!

After an initial consultation, your hair will be cut while it is still dry, ­clipping and sculpting each curl right where it lives. With your hair in an unstretched and detangled state your specialist can observe and see your hair’s natural curl pattern to guide the cut.

Now that we've seen your hair and how it falls naturally and adjusted the cut to your specifications, we can now clean and condition it with DevaCurl products. This is the absolute best process to help get your curls fully defined and beautifully styled. Once it's dried under a hooded dryer and or diffused, you'll get to see the major difference from when you arrived!

That soft, shiny, defined hair you've been looking for? With this process, you will finally see it come to life! Once your hair is totally dry, and we've touched up your curly cut (just to make sure each curl is in place) you'll be bouncing out of the salon with a brand new look.

Here are a few curly-headed ladies who came in right for their DevaCurl Consult.

Now just for emphasis here’s a quick recap: The curly girly come in with her hair in its naturally curly state without tangle, and minimal products on the curls. A lite leve in conditioner or a very lite styling product. The hair a Must be completely dry.  After your dry curly cut and shaping, we cleanse hydrate and define, this really puts the bounce back into your curls.


This curly girl came in with a wash and go in the state that she prefers . She likes her hair curly and defined and full. 


Here we gave her the desired shape that we discussed. We gave her some body and some shaping around the face while keeping her length for her wedding. 


This is the finished look after the DevaCurl 3 Step AKA Wash and Go. As her hair gets older it will be full, and shaped perfectly.  


DO NOT come with your hair pulled up or back. It needs to be in a unstretched state.  

This is a NO NO!


Walking into a salon with your hair the way you normally style it will help whatever stylist you meet with to know exactly how to trim and style your hair into it's absolute best look. It's our way of getting to know your curls, before we do anything to change them.

I hope this helps you at your next appointment - let's bring out those beautiful curls! 


Questions? Leave them in the comments below!


Products and Steps for Repairing Heat Damage

The questions I get most often as a curl specialist usually involve heat. More specifically, maintaining curls even with the occasional heat style (i.e. blow drying, curling wands, flat irons, hot rollers, etc.)

I always remind my clients that indirect heat is not nearly as damaging because you can control the temperature. Diffusing, deep conditioning, or setting your hair to dry under a hooded dryer is usually not damaging.

And I always say, if you decide to occasionally heat style, look for a professional who has been recommended by a curl specialist or curly-haired friend, and that has had the same service without damage. Ask questions during your consultation. You need to know what they use to proect your hair, and the temperature of the tools they'll be using.

Now, if you have ever experienced heat damage, I recommend trying a couple treatments to see if curls can be restored. My favorite is Deva Curl Heaven in Hair.

For the best results with Heaven in Hair, follow these simple steps:

  1. After cleansing your hair,  apply Heaven in Hair, concentrating on damaged areas. 
  2. Put on a plastic cap on, and sit under a hooded steamer sit for 30 minutes. If you don't have a hooded steamer, you could leave the cap and conditioner on for quite a while, even overnight.
  3. Rinse with cool water. Repeat this treatment up to four times to help repair heat damage.


The next treatment I recommend is Design Essentials Quinoa & Bamboo Hair Repair Collection with Biotin. This is a great product that is paraben and sulfate free. However, it does include shampoo, and in one of my previous posts, I shared some thoughts about shampoo on curly hair - I am not a fan. However this system has worked for repairing damage, and I feel fairly confident recommending it.

For the best results with the Quinoa and Bamboo Repair Set, follow these steps:

  1. Cleanse. Wet your hair thoroughly. Apply a generous amount of Hair Repair Replenishing Shampoo and work into a lather with your fingertips. Rinse hair thoroughly. Repeat if necessary. Lightly dry your hair.
  2. Strenghten. Saturate your hair from top to bottom with the Hair Repair Liquid Strengthening Masque and let it sit for five minutes. Do NOT rinse it out.
  3. Seal. Spray the Hair Repair Leave-In Conditioning Sealant on top the masque liberally, coating each strand and combing through to the ends. Let sit for 5 minutes. Again, do NOT rinse it out.
  4. Style as desired!


If you've tried both home and professional heat repair and your hair is still damaged, it may be time for you to put down that flat iron and give your hair a fresh new cut so you can grow beautiful new hair.