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.
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