Ever Heard Of A Deva Cut? Curly-Haired Girls, This Is For You!

Woman with a blonde curly bob

Interesting fact: More than 60 percent of women have some kind of curl or wave to their hair, yet less than half of those ladies know how to properly care for their coiled strands. So many spend hours upon hours and dollar after dollar straightening them, braiding them, and taming them. But what if we told you that there's an au naturel solution to wearing your curls that would save you time and money without skimping on style?

Devachan Salon encourages those of us with natural curls to embrace and show them off as much as possible. To do so, nailing the proper hair care and styling are important, but even beyond that is your haircut—especially one that considers your hair type. And it just so happens that there is a haircutting technique made especially with curls in mind. It's called the Deva Cut.

Keep reading to find out what makes the Deva Cut a gamechanger for curly hair and decide whether or not it's right for you.

The Method

Devachan cofounder Lorraine Massey

Curly Girl author and Devachan cofounder Lorraine Massey is the brain behind the Deva Cut. With a head full of curls, she knows firsthand about the special TLC that curly hair needs. Most hair cutting techniques were created for straight hair, whereas the Deva Cut method was developed specifically for curly hair, making it rather revolutionary. It’s fully customized, as it’s tailored to your unique curl pattern(s), and it requires a very special set of skills to gain the certification that allows a stylist to execute it. Hair is cut dry (since that's how hair is worn), and each curl is cut individually so as not to interrupt or miscalculate your natural curl pattern. This way, each client’s hair is shaped according to their curls or waves.

How to Prepare For Your Cut

To make the most of your hair appointment, come prepared. That starts with making sure your curls and waves are detangled by washing your hair the morning of your appointment. Then, style your hair normally to showcase its definition. If you have natural hair, you should opt for a “wash and go” so your stylist can determine your curls’ amount of shrinkage. Remember, it’s all about how your curls naturally fall with a Deva Cut, so you should not have your hair in braids, clips, a ponytail, or a chignon when arriving at the salon. And if there's a particular look that you're after, it never hurts to bring in some pictures to show your stylist. But in case you're short on curly hair inspo, we've got you covered.


Avoid using any products with sulfates, silicones, or heavy oils, at least a week (or two) before your appointment. This will allow your stylist to see your natural curl type.

What to Expect

Perhaps just as important as prepping before your appointment is keeping expectations in check. Depending on whether or not you've ever had a Deva Cut before will affect how long your appointment will be. New clients should expect to stick around for around two hours, while returning clients will be in and out in about an hour or so. Once you find a salon, keep in mind that the price will vary based on the stylist's level of experience, among other factors. Typically, however, you can expect to pay anywhere between $85 to $200—and don't forget to tip.

Care and Maintenance

On your way back from the salon, you may be experiencing high levels of curl confidence—as you should—however, to reap the full benefits of your Deva Cut, implementing the proper hair care routine is key. This will allow you to keep your tresses healthy and your curls living their best life:

  • Use hydrating, sulfate-free cleansers to clean hair without stripping it of moisture and color.
  • Rinse hair with cold to lukewarm water—never hot, which will dehydrate locks and create frizz.
  • Dry tresses with a microfiber towel or diffuser to avoid unwanted frizz.
  • Don't just use any old brush to comb your hair. Detangling brushes—or even your fingers—will make all the difference in defining curls.
  • Maintaining a healthy scalp is the key to healthy hair, so deep clean it regularly.
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  1. NaturallyCurly. TextureTrends Report. 2018.

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