The Hair Guru is a monthly column written by hairstylists at Salon on the Square in Santa Cruz, Calif. This month, my very own beloved stylist, Ginger Vaughn, writes about her curly hair experiment.
I have the most unruly curly hair. My nickname was Frazbo as a child because of the wild curly hairs around my face. I spent the majority of my life trying every curl and straightening product with hope I would start loving my hair. I saw my hair as a defect—something that needed to be fixed. But that's not the case. Curly hair should be embraced.
I found my solution with DevaCurl, a line that my salon began carrying a while back. My coworkers swore by it, so I gave it a chance, but used it without setting my hair the recommended way, and a result, it didn't rock my world. I assumed it was another failed product.
Then I began to see clients in the salon leave with curls that looked really good. I asked around and learned that the stylist had done a Deva cut with a Deva set. (A Deva set is a way of styling your hair and using the products to bring out the most in your curls.)
So I thought I'd give it another shot, but follow the rules this time around. A test needed to be done and I made myself the guniea pig. I took DevaCurl classes on how to cut and style curly hair, bought the products, and picked a month that I had nothing going on; as my normally now pain stakingly flat ironed hair would be subject to it’s natural state of chaos for an entire month.
The first few weeks of my journey I was still doubtful that my hair could be ok without some form of thermal styler. So admitdly I would Deva set it and then cheat just a little and use a curling iron to control the top curls. This look lasted the first half of the month. I found people started constantly stopping me to ask what I was doing with my hair; that didn’t happen nearly as much when I straightened my hair. So, maybe my curls weren’t hideous when helped. I proudly declared that it was my natural curl, guiltily knowing I was cheating with my curling iron.
I finally took the plunge after getting a proper Deva cut from a coworker. This helped the shape look better when styled with my natural curls. My hair at this point was getting curlier and had less frizz because I was consistently setting it with the Deva style and not using a flat iron. It took many months of retraining my brain and wearing it curly to truly love it. At first it was just nice to save endless hours on styling time and my husband swore he, “loved it wild."
In the end, I truly learned to embrace the craziness that was my hair. The more I loved it, the better it looked. People would run me down to find out what I was doing to my curls. I found myself demonstrating Deva sets on dance floors and bathrooms in restaurants.
After a month of using it non-stop, I fell in love with the product and philosophy behind it. It constantly produces remarkable results for myself and my clients.
If you're interested in trying out a Deva set or cut, learn more at devacurl.com or swing by Salon on the Square in Santa Cruz for a free consultation with Ginger Vaughn.