What’s a DevaCut? 101 Guide + Before & After Photos

Someone with extremely curly hair getting their haircut while their hair is dry

If you have curly hair, then you may be wondering what the DevaCut is and what it looks like. Keep scrolling to learn everything you need to about this gorgeous haircutting technique, including the best ways to get it.

What is the DevaCut Technique?

Developed by the Devachan Salon in New York City, the DevaCut refers to a curly haircut technique where the hair is actually cut and styled while it is still dry, rather than the “traditional” method of washing/wetting the hair before cutting it. (source)

The purpose of cutting the hair while it’s dry is to ensure that each curl/wave receives the individual attention it deserves; when each curly lock is cut dry, the stylist can shape it in a way that celebrates and showcases its natural texture and personality.
If you have curly or wavy hair, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced a bad haircut or two. Unfortunately, not all hair stylists know how to properly cut and style curly hair to look its best. As a result, a cut from a stylist who is inexperienced with curly and wavy hair could end up looking weighed-down, frizzy, and misshapen.

The good news? There’s a haircut technique specifically designed for curly and wavy hair. Specifically, the DevaCut aims to breathe new life and beauty into all curl types and textures. Could this revolutionary haircut be right for you?

I asked Victoria Pineiro, elite hairstylist at Salon Ulta Carrollwood in Tampa, FL, about the DevaCut. “These types of certification dive deep into the foundation of each curl type and how to specially tend to them. Think of how you would treat cotton versus silk, from washing to ironing the handling would be different,” she told me.

Basically, curly hair requires special care compared to straight hair. The same is true for wavy hair. That’s why the DevaCut is such a great choice if you have wavy or curly hair.

In this article, you’ll learn all about:

The Benefits of Getting a DevaCut

There are many potential benefits of getting a DevaCut if you have curly, wavy, or coily hair. For starters, this cut was developed specifically for this type of hair.

Added body, shape, and volume. By cutting curls and waves while they’re still dry, the stylist can get the absolute best feel for how to cut and treat each curl. This results in body, shape, and volume that simply cannot be achieved with conventional hair cutting techniques.

Great for wash-and-go routines. The DevaCut is designed for people who prefer a wash-and-go style. If you’re looking to cut down on the amount of time you need to spend styling your curly or wavy hair, this could be the perfect haircut option for you.

Less time in the salon. Because the DevaCut allows you to skip the wash-and-dry at the hair salon, this can save you time during your appointment as well.

Can reduce tangles. Curls and waves tend to tangle or knot throughout the day. A DevaCut has lots of layers, minimizing the headache of brushing out your locks.

Issues with the DevaCut Technique

Finding the right stylist can be tricky. Finding a stylist who specializes in this cut can be challenging. You may need to try a few stylists in your area.

Can be pricey. You will likely have to spend more money out of your own pocket to find somebody with plenty of experience. Getting this certification takes time and money, meaning Deva stylists tend to charge more for each service.

Limits your styling options. Once you’ve received a DevaCut, your hair may not be able to be worn straight or blown out without looking choppy. That’s because your hair is specifically cut to showcase its natural curls and waves.

Who the DevaCut is Best For

The DevaCut is suitable for people with a wide spectrum of hair types, from slightly wavy to extremely curly and coily. It is not recommended for straight hair. The DevaCut is also great for hair of all lengths, from extremely short to shoulder-length and beyond. If you know your specific hair type, the DevaCut is generally recommended for the following natural curl patterns:

  • 2a-2c
  • 3a-3c
  • 4a-4c

2 Signs That You Should Try a DevaCut

Still not sure whether the DevaCut is right for you? In general, if at least one of these things is true, then the DevaCut may be right for you:

  1. You prefer a wash-and-go hair style.
  2. You want more curl definition, but products alone aren’t helping.

A DevaCut isn’t ideal if you like to use hot tools. Whether you like to blow dry, flat iron, or even do a whole head of curls with a curling iron, it’ll affect the appearance of your cut. Since this haircut is based entirely on your natural curl pattern, hot tools will throw off the overall appearance.

This cut is also worth a shot if you aren’t seeing great results from curl-enhancing hair products. That’s a great sign your cut needs to be adjusted, and the DevaCut just might be a great fit for you.

The DevaCut: Before and After

Want to see for yourself how a DevaCut can add volume, body, and definition to natural hair? Check out these real before-and-after photos to see this method at work!

Where Can I Get Mine?

The DevaCut was created as a salon in NYC—but you won’t have to travel to The Big Apple to get this type of cut yourself. The DevaCut has grown immensely in popularity, especially within the last few years, as there has been a stronger movement to embrace natural hair.

As a result, there are likely stylists in your area who specialize in this unique type of cut. In fact, you can use the DevaCurl.com search tool to find a salon that offers this cut near you today.

How to Take Care of Your Hair After Getting a DevaCut
Putting mousse or gel into palm

After getting your first DevaCut, there are some hair care tips to follow that can keep your curls or waves looking great. Using the right products is key.

You can ask your stylist for some specific recommendations, but Paul Mitchell Extra Body Sculpting Gel and Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Conditioner are a couple of products people with curls rave about. As a curly girl myself, I swear by these 2 products year-round.

Properly conditioning your curly hair will keep it from getting frizzy and dried out, while a great sculpting gel will ensure plenty of hold and volume. Finding this balance between moisture and hold is crucial to making your waves and curls look their best.

DevaCut FAQ

How often should you get a DevaCut?

Generally, every 3 to 4 months. However, this can vary depending on your exact hair texture, hair type, and how quickly your hair grows. Ask your stylist for a personalized recommendation.

Can I do my own DevaCut?

No, you should not perform your own DevaCut. Mastering the DevaCut takes professional stylists a great deal of training and practice. When I asked Victoria about this, she said, “ Curls are forgiving to bangs and snipping obvious straight ends but between shrinkage, over direction and shelving, you may be paying more than just the price during your “fix it” visit.”

Basically, it’s always going to be cheaper and easier to have a professional do your DevaCut.

Are DevaCuts worth it?

If you’re looking to get the most out of your naturally curly or wavy hair, then a DevaCut can absolutely be worth it. This is especially true if you prefer the convenience of a wash-and-go style.

Should I wash my hair before a DevaCut?

Yes, you should wash your hair before a DevaCut. However, be sure that it is completely dry and unstyled.

How long does a DevaCut last?

A DevaCut can look great for several weeks or even several months, depending on how quickly your hair grows. Once you begin to notice your curls/waves losing definition or falling flat, it may be time to schedule another appointment.

Is a DevaCut right for anybody with wavy or curly hair?

According to Victoria, “It’s designed for all waves, curls and coils that wear it natural. The difference if this cut is good for you, comes down to your styling routine. If you blow it out, you won’t be showcasing the silhouette of the haircut. A good care routine benefits all textures but it’s emphasized with curls and go hand it hand with the culture of this haircut.” I couldn’t agree more!

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