Guest Blogger eSQape Artist Gets A Deva Cut
By: eSQape Artist
I’m what you’d call a lazy natural. I’ve been natural for about 10 years, but for the past 5 have been wearing it the easiest way possible. I typically wear a wash and go, pull it back in a ponytail, or, on occasion, straighten it. Despite my wash and go being very drab, I always found myself to be too lazy to do a twist set or other style – especially knowing that it’s hard for my fine hair to maintain styles overnight.
So, I was super excited when I decided to get a curly cut. It definitely took a lot of bravery because I haven’t truly cut my hair in years, and I was skeptical about getting my hair cut when it wasn’t straight. I made an appointment with Keyonna at Capella Salon
in Studio City, CA (I found her at DevaCurls
) and mustered up the bravery for my cut.
I was told to come into the salon with my hair out (as opposed to my infamous ponytail) and with no product. Because of the different textures in my hair, and probably because I always wear a ponytail, the front of my hair didn’t really curl. I could put product in it, scrunch it, everything – but no curl. Then there’s the middle of my hair which just turns into a mini afro, and the back of my hair which is made up of super pretty curls. Despite my many textures, air drying my hair with NO product in preparation for my cut surprisingly didn’t look too crazy.
Upon entering the salon, my stylist Keyonna, talked to me about the texture of my hair, the shape I desired and answered any questions I had. For some reason I assumed that after cutting my hair while curly, she’d straighten it and make sure everything was even – however, she chuckled and told me that she just cuts it natural. She first examined my hair and ran my different textures through her fingers, then got to cutting. My stylist elongated each section before cutting, and made sure it was even with the sections around it (now I see why she didn’t need to straighten it after to make sure it was even.) The entire cut took about 20 minutes, and I felt she did a thorough job.
My stylist washed my hair with DevaCurl No-Poo Cleanser (a non-lather shampoo she loves because of it’s moisturizing qualities) and conditioned it with DevaCurl One Condition. After rising out my conditioner she took me over to a mirror and showed me how to “style” my hair. Taking small sections (about 5 or 6 in total) she used a spray bottle to drench the section with water, making note that wetter the hair the better the products work, and used a wide tooth comb to detangle. She then applied MorrocanOil Curl Control Cream to the section, and ran her fingers through my hair. After the cream was absorbed and distributed in the section, MorrocanOul Curl Defining Moose was applied and my stylist ran her fingers through it again. She repeated this throughout all the sections until I looked like I had a Jheri Curl 🙂 Then I flipped my head upside down and she ran her fingers through it again – this was to make sure the hair on the crown of my head was not pressed against my scalp. Before sitting me under the dryer, she suggested that I use a T-shirt or paper towels to absorb some of the water from my hair first (it was pretty drenched) and also place small clips at the roots to encourage volume. Then, I sat under the hooded dryer for 15 minutes.
I could really see the shape of my cut and was happy, but at this stage my curls were over defined. After flipping my hair again, and tousling my curls to make them looser – my new style began to take shape! My stylist also showed me a technique to loosen my curls (the ones at the nape of my neck tend to get really tight and scrunched up) – take a blow dryer, set it to the coolest setting, and blow on your curls as you pull on them to lengthen it 🙂
Overall, I LOVE my hair! It’s a bit shorter than I’m used to (by a couple of inches), but I really like the shape and won’t feel unkempt when I’m out in public like I used to with my old wash and go. Step 2 – figuring out how to maintain it overnight and Step 3 – recreating the look on my own. Eek!
Update: Here is the end of Day 5. I just put it in a high ponytail to sleep. And on day 4 used a spray bottle w/ water (and a lil conditioner) and on day 5 used the spray bottle to redo my ‘kitchen’
About eSQape Artist: (e skāp′ ärt′ist) noun. 1. Pisces. 2. a MIT & Harvard graduate eSQaping the traditional path. 3. someone who is well traveled, a jetsetter. 4. dayDREAMer
She puts together an annual trip designed for the Young Black Professional, YBP Escape
has been the vacation of choice for over 250 young professionals. Check out her 2012 trip.