Tag: DevaCurl

New Hair Care Layout and Products at CVS

I have two CVS stores that I frequent.  One of them recently got a new layout of their beauty section, including some new brands!

The other CVS in my town sells DevaCurl, but now this one does too, plus they have mini 1.5 oz. sizes of several products.

DevaCurlDevaCurl 2

$7.29 for the no/low-poos and $10.49 for the styling products is pretty expensive when you consider that you can get a no-poo, a conditioner, and a styling product in the mini kits for only $12 on the DevaCurl website, Sephora, Ulta, or some other retailers, but if you have some CVS Extra Bucks or a percent off coupon, it could be worth it.  (Remember, if you use both, the percent off will come off of the total after the Extra Bucks are deducted.)

DevaCurl Minis

CVS has always sold Shea Moisture, Maui Moisture, and Carol’s Daughter, but they moved the shelves.

Maui Moisture & Shea MoistureCarol's Daughter & Shea Moisture

They also sell Renpure cleansing conditioners.  I bought the Vanilla Mint and Lavender ones in the packets about two months ago at this same CVS.  For me, one packet lasts for two uses.  Unfortunately, it looks like they are no longer sold here 😦


In the ethnic hair care area, there are more Shea Moisture products, plus brands such as As I Am, Cantu, Mixed Chicks, and The Mane Choice. I’ve never used any of these, but maybe sometime.  Just because my hair is wavy and a bit thin doesn’t mean some of them can’t work for me 🙂

Shea Moisture & As I AmVarious Ethnic Hair Care BrandsVarious Ethnic Hair Care Brands 2

My apologies for the photos not being so great and some product labels not facing forward; whereas I’ve taken photos of the shelves at other stores, I felt awkward doing so at this trip to CVS since someone else was in the hair care aisles.  I’m a bit shy to explain to anyone that I have a small-time hair blog!

Note: Prices may vary by store location.  In fact, I just noticed from these photos that the DevaCurl products at this CVS are a little cheaper than at the other CVS in the same town: $21.75 at this store vs. $22.49 at the other one.


I Got a DevaCut!

Growing up, my mom has always taken our whole family (and herself) to the cheapest possible places to get haircuts. This is a habit I’ve kept into adulthood, because I’ve always just wanted a trim or “nothing too fancy”. However, since I’ve been dissatisfied with my last few haircuts at Great Clips, including one where I had to stand up for my haircut because “the chair wouldn’t go down”, I figured I should shell out the money for something better than the Walmart of haircutteries (not sure if that’s a word).

Any haircuts I’ve gotten in the past have involved combing my wet hair straight, then cutting it, which doesn’t make much sense when you consider that I always wear my hair in its wavy state. Therefore, I decided to get a DevaCut.

I went on the DevaCurl website and used the Find a Stylist feature. I decided to go to Paolo Cuppari Hair Designs in Spotswood, NJ, because it is close to home and had good reviews. I emailed them to make an appointment, a very easy process.

I came in pretty early for my appointment on Thursday, and was greeted by Michele, the receptionist. She offered me something to drink, and served me coffee with half and half as I sat in the waiting area. She also allowed me to help myself to some chocolates at the coffee table. I could already tell this place was fancy and inviting. Anywhere else I’ve gotten a haircut didn’t have as much as a water fountain!

After waiting for just about ten minutes, Debbie, the hairstylist, introduced herself and sat me down, put the cape on me, and asked me some questions about my hair and what products I use, and if I have ever used DevaCurl products. I told her that I have used the Delight line and wasn’t a fan, but that I liked the Original products. She then explained how the Deva system works, how it consists of a dry cut, focusing on each curl and wave, with the hair washing and styling afterwards.

The haircut itself seemed to take 20-30 minutes. I mainly wanted about an inch trimmed, plus some long layers. Debbie cut some rather small pieces of hair at a time, focusing on my concerns of some parts of my hair being curlier than others, and some random pieces being so loosely wavy that they’re almost straight. Especially since I’m used to getting my hair cut by stylists that supposedly are being timed, I appreciated the attention to detail.

After the cut, I got my hair washed and styled. For each step, Debbie explained how each product works, and how to use them. If I remember correctly, she started with the Buildup Buster to cleanse my scalp. Then, she used the No-Poo and One Condition Decadence in my hair, which surprised me, since I’ve always considered them to be for tightly curled hair. She gave me a nice scalp massage with the No-Poo. After applying the One Condition, she left some of it in my hair for extra moisture.

Then came the styling. She put some towels over my legs on the cape, had me carefully flip my head upside down while my hair was soaking wet, then applied the Ultra Defining Gel, followed by the Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam, gently grazing her hands over my hair rather than raking the products through. Then, she gently scrunched my hair with a microfiber towel to remove the excess water. She explained that at home, I should wash my hair in the shower so as to get it super wet, and also apply the hair products while still in the shower to minimize mess. The final step before drying was to put some DevaClips at the crown for volume, which turned out to be quite useful!

The method of applying styling products that Debbie used is rather different than what I’m used to. At first I was worried that my hair would be way too product-heavy, but it ended up working out. I sat under the bonnet dryer for 15-20 minutes. Afterwards, she sat me back in the chair for the finishing touches. My hair felt rather “hard” from the gel, but she explained that it was just a cast, and scrunched my hair to get rid of it. It immediately felt better, and my waves looked defined, with noticeably more volume at the crown than usual.

Here are some before and after photos. I’ve been sick this week, plus I’m being treated for some eye problems I’ve been having, so my dark circles are even worse than usual!  I’m wearing only a little makeup in the After photos, but no concealer under my eyes.



Notice the definition, shine, and volume in the After photos 😉

I waited until two days after my cut, wash, and style to write this blog entry so I could see how my hair held up. I was worried that the Decadence line would leave my scalp oily after two days, but I got my hair done on Thursday evening, and it is now Saturday morning and my hair has held up quite nicely, with no touch-ups. It is a bit frizzy, which may be due to me not really touching it since. I will say that the left side of my head is noticeably less wavy than the right side, but that’s probably because I sleep on that side.

Two Days After with Flash 2

The whole DevaCut package cost me $60 plus tip. (I believe it costs $75 if you get your hair done by a specific stylist.) I also was given a certificate for 10% off any new service for next time, plus two referral cards to give to a friend for 10% off their service, and for me to receive $20 in Salon Dollars. Although I’m admittedly pretty cheap when it comes to most things in life, I consider my experience to be worth the money. While I only get a haircut a few times a year, I would certainly go back 🙂

If you live around Spotswood, NJ and you’re interested in getting your hair done at Paolo Cuppari Hair Designs, here is a referral link: https://local.demandforce.com/b/paolocupparidesigns?rs=gm

First Impression: DevaCurl Curly Mini Transformation Kit

So I bought the DevaCurl Curly Mini Transformation Kit almost two weeks ago at Ulta, after the Wavy kit unfortunately fell quite short of my expectations.  (I did like the Wave Maker, though.)  I finally cracked it open today.  Even though I’ve only used the products once thus far, I’m already feeling pretty optimistic.  Here are my thoughts after my first use:

No-Poo Original: Has the consistency of a thin conditioner.  Smells minty due to the peppermint oil and menthol, but with something “extra” that I can’t put my finger on, probably from the other extracts.  Despite it being a non-lathering cleanser, I felt that it was easier to spread around my scalp than the Low-Poo Delight, and I suppose the minty sensation helped in making my scalp feel clean as well.  I massaged quite a bit with my fingers, then with my Sally Girl shampoo brush.  I tried not to overdo it on the no-poo, focusing it on key areas of my head, then spreading it around as I massaged my scalp.  Unlike the Low-Poo Delight, it did not feel like it was holding a lot of water in my hair, which I was in fact pleased with, because my hair is low porosity and gets weighed down easily.  After just two days, the roots may start to get flat and look oily, which is when I need to wash again.

I noticed that while the first oil in the ingredients list of the Low-Poo Delight is PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, in the No-Poo Original, it is grape seed oil, which I love to use for my hair and skin.  It is known to be great for low porosity hair, and non-comedogenic.  (That’s the stuff I have in the huge, ugly plastic bottle I’ve featured in an earlier blog post, but I’ve since moved some to an amber glass dropper bottle for easier use and storage, plus it looks a lot nicer.)  My hair felt moisturized yet not at all heavy when I rinsed the no-poo out.  Major win!

One Condition Original: Seems to be about the same thickness as the One Condition Delight, but with a different scent and definitely better slip.  I’m honestly not a big fan of the smell, but it’s not terrible either.  To me, it smells like baby powder.  I believe I used just two quarter-sized squirts, which was enough for almost my entire hair shaft.  Like the No-Poo Original, it spreads well.  Again, my hair felt moisturized but not heavy after using this product.

Styling Cream: Whereas the Wave Maker is basically a moussey cream, the styling cream has a somewhat thinner consistency and is a translucent white color.  It definitely is thinner than my Göt2b Kinkier curling cream, and has a candy scent.  I’ve read a review where someone said it smells like Skittles.  After taking another sniff of it just now, I would say that’s pretty accurate!  I used a nickel-sized amount on either side of my head, then just a pea-sized amount more around the center and in the front, just to cover any areas I may have missed.

Some key differences between the Wave Maker and the Styling Cream are that the Wave Maker contains hydrogenated vegetable oil and maracujá oil, and no proteins, starches, or glycerin, whereas the Styling Cream contains glycerin as one of the first ingredients, a few proteins and starches, and no oils.  Due to the oil content in the Wave Maker, even though it is the seventh ingredient in the list, I need to watch how much I use, or else my hair can look stringy.  Hopefully the Styling Cream will be a little more forgiving.

Although I posted it already in a previous blog post, just as a reminder, here are the ingredients lists for both the Wavy and Curly kits:

Wavy and Curly Kit Ingredients

Of course, the real test will be how my hair looks over the next couple of days.  I’m really hoping my roots won’t get flat and oily prematurely, and that my ends will stay moisturized.  We shall see!

New Products: DevaCurl Curly Mini Transformation Kit

Back in May, I bought the DevaCurl Wavy Mini Transformation Kit from Ulta, using it in rotation with other shampoos and conditioners I own.  (That’s why I haven’t finished all of the products after all this time.)  Just recently, I’ve even started using the conditioner with other shampoos I have, and will be doing the same with the shampoo within the next few days.  I know by now that the Low-Poo Delight and the One Condition Delight unfortunately did not meet my expectations and I will not be repurchasing either.  I hate to ramble on about these products and write several blog entries about them when I still have yet to write a full review, but I do want to be very thorough and use them in different ways first.

As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, I decided to give the brand another chance and purchased the Curly Mini Transformation Kit at my local Ulta.  I will wait to finish my Low-Poo Delight until I crack this kit open, but for now, here are some pictures:

Curly Kit FrontCurly Kit BackCurly Kit InsideCurly Kit Bottles FrontCurly Kit Bottles Back

While taking these photos, I realized that for my blog entry on the Wavy Mini Transformation Kit, I never took a picture of the inside of the box, so here is that, for comparison:

Wavy Kit Inside

Here are the ingredients for both.  The Wavy kit is on the left and the Curly kit is on the right:

Wavy and Curly Kit Ingredients

Just from reading the packaging and taking a quick look at the ingredients, it appears that the One Condition Original will have better slip than the Delight.  Of course, the No-Poo Original’s ingredients look like those of a light conditioner.  It contains grape seed oil, which my hair does well with, but hopefully will not cause a problem when used on my roots.  I like that the No-Poo also contains peppermint oil, for a tingly feel on the scalp 🙂

As you may have guessed, I will not be purchasing the Super Curly set no matter how well or how poorly this Curly set may work, because the Decadence line and the Supercream would not work well for my hair type, leaving me unable to make a fair assessment of the products.

Stay tuned for my first impression of the Curly Mini Transformation Kit! 😀

Finally Finished A Full-Sized Hair Product!

Wow, I haven’t written in this blog in almost a month.  I guess my hair routine and any experimenting with it has been quite uneventful.  I haven’t bought anything new lately, just trying out some stuff I’ve gotten over the past few months and trying to finish up older stuff.

Tonight, I finally finished my Garnier Curl Construct mousse.  I’ve had it since last September!  It takes me a long time to go through styling products because I use a few in rotation, and some of my bottles of styling product are pretty big!

I retrieved this from the recycle bin because I figured I should take a photo of it for my blog.  So important!

Now that I’ve taken pictures of the can, after I finish the product, I just realized that it contains amodimethicone.  At the time I bought it, I didn’t care, but I’ve not been purchasing any new products that contain silicones, unless they are water soluble.  At least it’s pretty low on the list…I guess.

Next, I will finally crack open my Herbal Essences Totally Twisted mousse*!  I got this last September as well, just a week or so after the Garnier mousse (after I opened it and couldn’t return it, of course), for free from Influenster.  Sadly, I never opened it since I only like to have one of each kind of styling product open at a time (i.e. one mousse, one gel, etc.)  I’m very sure I was supposed to review it on their website but never did.  Oh well, I should be able to review it on this blog after a while.

You’ll notice that the Herbal Essences mousse has a lot fewer ingredients than the Garnier mousse, and no silicones!  Can’t wait to use it 🙂

Bonus picture of what my hair looks like tonight, while wearing my new Ottoto Castellano glasses from glassesusa.com…and some glamorous old, oversized Kmart pajamas with cats on them:


Pre-Wash Treatment: All I Need Naturally Baobab Growth Oil Cocktail*, applied all over the hair except for the roots and the straight, thin bottom layer.  (My hair was so dry today, probably from the DevaCurl Delight low-poo and conditioner I used a few days ago.  Will air my grievances on that in a future blog post.)

Shampoo: Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo*
Conditioner: Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Conditioner*

Oil: All I Need Naturally Baobab Growth Oil Cocktail* along my hairline, concentrating on the edges
Moisturizer: All I Need Naturally Curl Refresher Cream* (Tried using this in place of a styling product, but it did not work for that purpose.  In fact, with this conditioner, I normally don’t even need a leave-in or any kind of post-wash moisturizer.)
Styler: Garnier Curl Construct Mousse

*Asterisks indicate products I received for free to review.  Live Clean and Herbal Essences products were from Influenster, and All I Need Naturally products from Naturally Curly’s Trendsetter community.

First Impression: DevaCurl Wavy Mini Transformation Kit

This blog may make me seem like I’m obsessed with DevaCurl, when in fact, the first time I’ve ever used any of their products was…about an hour ago, when I washed and styled my hair with the products in this kit.  It comes with a shampoo, conditioner, and styling product: the Low-Poo Delight, One Condition Delight, and Wave Maker.

Wavy Kit Front

Wavy Kit Back

I must mention first that before washing, my hair felt incredibly flat at the roots today (I used gel to slick my hair back in a ponytail for the gym last night), yet had the usual hairs sticking up while in a ponytail today since I forgot my gel, and looked dry at the shaft.  Today was quite humid here in New Jersey, and we had a fair amount of rain…and now it’s pouring and thundering as I write this.  I used to detangle in the shower, but recently started using my Tangle Teezer on my dry hair before washing, doing the bottom section of my hair first, then working my way up.

Whereas I usually take rather warm showers and use warm/hot water on my hair (not so bad since my hair is low porosity), today, the water just wasn’t heating up.  The colder water may have had some effect on my hair.  I usually squeeze the excess water out of my hair before getting out of the shower, but today I left it soaking wet as I applied my t-shirt to my head after my shower.

I wanted to LOVE these products, but after using them once, I have mixed feelings.


Low-Poo Delight: Has a slightly thinner consistency than that of most sulfate shampoos I’ve used.  When they say “mild lather cleansing”, they are not kidding!  I’ve used other sulfate-free shampoos that lathered much better than this, and I felt like I had to use a lot of product just to get it well-distributed on my scalp, almost as if I were co-washing.  In fact, I must have used a lot more shampoo than conditioner.  I wasn’t planning on using my shampoo brush, but ended up doing so since the Low-Poo felt like it wasn’t getting my scalp clean.  The shampoo brush actually helped a lot.  However, as I rinsed it out of my hair, my hair had the same kind of moisturized feeling that I get when applying oil to my wet hair.  This would be great if it were a conditioner, but I don’t know how I feel about that for a product that I apply to my scalp, especially since my scalp gets oily after only two days.  I see that glycerin is the third ingredient, so it could have been that.  I actually wouldn’t mind having to use so much product if only DevaCurl were not so expensive!

One Condition Delight: Same kind of scent as the shampoo; quite pleasant.  I would say it is of a medium thickness, probably comparable to Suave Naturals conditioner.  It moisturized my hair just fine, but nothing about it stood out to me, so I’m not sure if I could justify the price of a full size.  Like with any other conditioner I use, I kept finger raking to a minimum so I would not lose much hair.  However, I will say that with the combination of shampoo and conditioner, my hair felt moisturized enough that I felt that I did not need to use my leave-in conditioner.

Wave Maker: After what I would consider a ho-hum wash, this “touchable texture whip”, as it’s called, really impressed me!  It has a creamy yet moussey texture, and it smells quite nice.  The tube says to use a nickel-sized portion, but I used three dime-sized portions the same way I apply my gel: on both sides with my head rightside up, then in the back while my head is flipped upside down.  My hair is currently drying and the waves/curls look so defined!  Although I rarely use any styling products besides gel or mousse, just because I guess they’re the most easily accessible and do the job for everyday, I’ve found that Göt2B Kinkier Gloss ‘n Define Curl Cream (sadly no longer in production) and Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Defining Lotion also make my hair look great.

Other things not specific to each item:

Packaging: 1.5 fl. oz. tubes.  The caps are sturdy yet make the tube difficult to open, especially with wet hands in the shower.  I had to use a dry towel to flip open the cap.  Of course, the full sizes come in bottles, not tubes.

Scent: Fresh, clean, not too strong.  The Wave Maker also had a bit of a sweet hint to it.

Price: $12 for the kit.  As previously stated, each tube measures 1.5 fl. oz.  The 12 fl. oz. Low-Poo Delight and One Condition Delight typically run at $22, and $44 for 32 fl. oz, whereas the full size of the Wave Maker usually goes for $26 for 5 fl. oz.

Although the Wave Maker is pricey and is not very widely available (my local Ulta has it, but not CVS or Harmon), out of the three products in this collection, this is the only one that I would actually strongly consider buying.  However, I will continue to use all three to see how they go.

Some bonus photos of how my hair looks now:


DevaCurl at Harmon

Here in the tri-state area, we have a chain of drugstores called Harmon Face Values, or just Harmon.  They have some excellent everyday prices!  Because they are under the same parent company, Bed Bath and Beyond coupons can be used at Harmon for even more savings, even if they’re expired.

Since I found few DevaCurl products on Harmon’s website, I was pleasantly surprised to find so many in the store.  They even have their own generic version!  I also happened to be lucky enough that several products were on sale for a mere $14.92.  I did not purchase any today, but plan to go back by the end of the month.  (I had forgotten my 20% coupon at home.  I’m not aware that it excludes salon hair care, but I don’t see why it would.)

They even have the DevaCare line, for color treated hair, which isn’t even available on DevaCurl’s website anymore.  Sadly, just like my local CVS, they do not have the Delight line.  I’m going to crack open my Wavy Mini Transformation Kit tonight, and may get a Low-Poo Original if I like the Low-Poo Delight.  (Low-Poo Original doesn’t come in trial sizes.)  From looking at the ingredients, they seem to be almost the same product, so I figure that I won’t be taking a huge gamble by purchasing the Low-Poo Original as long as I try the Delight first.