I recently got a much needed haircut from Ouidad Salon in NYC. However, Nine months prior I received my 1st and very much needed haircut from their arch rival, Devachan Salon, in NYC (Soho). So which salon is better and what do they have to offer you ask? Let me break it down to the nitty gritty for you.
The biggest difference between both salons would be in there technique. Devachan stylists cut curly hair DRY while Ouidad stylists mostly cut curly hair WET (during my session).
Devachan salon uses a method called “Deva-Cutting”. The salon’s stylists cut curly hair dry because they believe that since we wear our hair dry it should be cut in it’s natural state, dry. Devachan believes that “curly hair and it’s spring factor can be misinterpreted while wet”, therefore, making it easier to cut off too much hair or cut unevenly.
Ouidad salon uses a more complex method called “Carving & Slicing”. The salon’s stylists mainly cut hair wet but do at times cut curly hair dry (I observed during my session). Ouidad believes the Carving & Slicing method removes the “bulk” associated with the dreaded “pyramid” look (no layers, one length–picture your hair as a pyramid) while preserving and enhancing your natural curl pattern. Ouidad states “If you cut at the curvature of the curls, they will sit into each other, eliminating the pyramid. Another way is to lightly slice the outer layer of the hair around the face or crown area, to create movement. The slicing and carving, or puzzling of the curls, is strategically designed for specific areas, depending on the thickness and tightness of the curls.”This combination produces well-defined ringlets that fit gently into each other like puzzle pieces creating healthier, more manageable curls.
Devachan’s method of styling included the following: My stylist gently tilted my head over, in an upside down position, and squeezed the excess water out with their hands in an upward scrunching motion. My stylist did not use any combs or brushes on my hair throughout the entire washing, cutting or styling process. After styling products were applied, my stylist used clips at the crown of my head and placed me under a hooded dryer. Afterwards, my stylist diffused my hair on a low heat setting (upside down) while continuing the same upward scrunching motion of my hair until dry.
The following DevaCurl products were used: DevaCurl Low Poo Cleanser, DevaCurl Heaven in Hair deep conditioner, Deva Curl B-Leave In Conditioner and DevaCurl Light Defining Gel were added to lock and seal in moisture. No finishing product was applied.
Ouidad’s method of styling calls for the “Rake and Shake”. First my stylist had me sink lower into my chair (I’m 5’9..lol) and tilted my head backward over my chair. Next, they gently squeezed excess water out of my wet hair and blotted with a towel to pull out additional moisture. Afterwards, styling products were applied, I was placed under a hooded dryer (without any clips at the crown of my head). My hair was diffused on a low heat setting and a finishing pomade was applied for medium-firm hold.
Tip: Do not rub hair briskly or flip head over. Both methods fragment curls and cause frizz
I actually told my stylist I’m not afraid to cut my hair and I want somehing that will give me more volume and shape than I had at the time.
Here are my results right after my cut!
As second day post cut rolled around, I loved my cut even more. The angles my stylist gave me are amazing!
The following Ouidad products were used on my hair during my visit: Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo, Curl Quencher Moisturizing Conditioner, Whipped Curls , Curl Quencher Moisturizing Styling Gel. As a finishing product, Clear Control Pomade.
Which Salon Do I Recommend?
I loved my experiences at both salons but I do lean towards one salon more than the other. I will say which salon I prefer shortly.
I would also say when choosing any curly hair/natural hair salon, you should take into consideration the following:
1) What type of look are you seeking? Are you seeking a safe shaping cut or are you seeking something a little edgy with shape and volume? If you are seeking something safe and shaped I would recommend Devachan. If you are looking for something that will give you a little more edge while providing shape and volume, Ouidad is where you want to go.
2) BUDGET, BUDGET, BUDGET!—These salons are NOT cheap ladies. Devachan has a cheaper starting point than Ouidad. However, be prepared to spend at minimum $80-$100, not including tip. Most salons base their prices according to individual hair type and length so the price will vary regardless. I served as an Ouidad Hair Model so my cut was free. Keep your eyes out for hair model searches with salons as they will provide you with free services and maybe even free products to sample!
3) Previous experience with salon’s products. Most salons use their own products, i.e Ouidad & Devachan. However, most natural hair salons will use certain products in which they have an agreement with the manufacturer/license to use. If you’ve already used a salon’s products and you’ve had a positive experience with those particular products you’re ahead of the game! If not you may want to try their products ahead of time as a trial run beforehand. You may even be able to contact the company for samples or purchase small travel size amounts of products in stores. Some salons may allow you to bring your own products. You may want to ask ahead of time before booking. One thing’s for sure, you want to research the products they may use in your hair beforehand. Only you know what products work best for your hair.
My Salon Pick
I pick Ouidad as my salon pick and fave! I loved the angles and the volume my hair has now. It’s much more edgy and my coils/curls have much more spring in their bounce! My tight curls also had a bit more stretch while retaining definition.
An Ouidad stylist best explained to me that each salon caters to a certain hair need. She advised me that she’s had no problem advising women stating “your hair would respond better to a Devacut” or “Your hair would benefit most from an Ouidad cut”.
Not every head of hair will respond to one salon over the other. It all comes down to what you are seeking and which salon’s cut your hair will suit your hair best.
I hope this helps you in searching for a curly/natural hair salon or stylist! Feel free to let me know which route you end up going or if you’ve had experiences with either of the salons mentioned.
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