This review is much overdue.
I did my big chop at the DEVACHAN salon, located in Broome street. Which caters specifically to curly hair.
From a scale 1 to 5 I would rate it at 1.5-2.
My first impression of the salon was good.The ambiance is nice and relaxing. The chairs are far enough from each other that each client and stylist has privacy.
My stylist was Susan. She was very nice and polite, offered me something to drink as soon as I sat on her chair. She was so nice I almost feel guilty giving her such a low rating. But honestly the haircut was not very good. She cut more hair than was necessary. And I had a lot of unevenness, one side was much fuller than the other. I even had straight ends that I had to cut myself once I got home. She cut my hair dry which is a technique many suggest for curly hair and so I expected my hair to be uneven when I straightened it but it should not have been uneven while curly.
As the picture shows the top layer and the bottom layer did not blend in nicely (especially in the back), there was a gap noticeable between the layers and overall the haircut just did not flow.
The best part of my appointment was the wash. The shampoo chairs are so comfortable. You lay down completely and a canopy curtain covers each chair.
I don’t remember the assistant/shampoo girl’s name but she was great. She gave me a divine scalp massage. She then handed me a mirror to demonstrate the proper techniques of washing and detangling my hair (she detangled using her fingers only). She also showed me how much of each product I should use. She recommended I leave some conditioner in my hair to keep it moisturized and asked me to touch me hair so that I would know exactly how much to leave in. She used the salon’s hair line products:
- DevaCurl No Poo (Shampoo)
- DevaCurl One Conditioner
These two products I recommend, they worked great for my hair. I had purchased the conditioner before my haircut, so I knew my hair would respond well to it before hand.
The assistant also styled my hair. She had me flip my hair, squeezed some of the water out with a microfiber towel and then applied some gel and a define cream (I did NOT like these products). She used clips on my roots to give my hair volume. I was then placed under a hair dyer for about 20 minutes.
Before I left Susan came over and cut a couple more straight ends and that was it.
I liked that my curls were very defined. But I would have liked a bit more volume. I generally do not like gel because of the crunchiness. My hair wasn’t crunchy but it wasn’t soft either and the styling products felt very heavy. My hair felt dirty I had to wash it again when I got home.
Now this is when my disappointment really grew. My sister waited in the waiting area during my entire appointment. She was never offered a drink. She wasn’t a paying customer but could have been a potential client if she had been acknowledged.
I joined my sister in the waiting area because I wanted to get a color consultation. All the stylist who were free were standing in a corner. I have no idea why but they kept starring at my sister and I (trust me not in a friendly way). We felt extremely uncomfortable. The stares did not stop until we left the salon.
- Are they racist? It seems impossible since there are a few (2 or 3) Hispanic and African American stylists
- Do they think I will leave without paying? Again impossible since I still had the cape on and not to mention checkout is right by the door, I felt so unwelcome
I was willing to give Susan another shot but after the treatment from the other stylist I will never set foot there again.
To resolve my uneven haircut I went to my usual go to salon, Lavar Hair Designs. I didn’t go there initially because I wanted to check out the salon so many naturals rave about. My stylist at Lavar is Regina. She is fabulous. She corrected my hair cut giving me a much better shape and a lovely color. She used the Ouidad line which worked lovely on my curls. I was able to maintain my curls for 4 days.
Until next time chicas.