After many (and I mean several) failed attempts two years ago, I finally made the decision to go natural. And while I wouldn’t want to wear my hair any other way now, this trip was definitely not an easy road. After nearly 20 years of straightening and flat irons, learning to accept my hair in its natural, frizzy state was so scary, but now I have never felt more confident. I finally got into a routine and my hair is growing faster than ever. Yet like all natives, I face a dreaded shrinkage. So when wash day comes, I ideally go for stretched styles, like braids or twists to get as much volume as possible. And while I love these looks, I knew it was time to try something new, so I took a trip to DevaCurl for a wash-and-go (my very first) and I was so lover of results.
My hair is definitely a type four mix which means I have different textures of 4a, 4b and 4c curls tightly coiled in my hair. That being said, I’m still hesitant to go to salons, where hairdressers might not know how to deal with my hair texture (black girl issues). But once I walked through the doors of the DevaCurl salon in SoHo, New York, I was able to breathe a well-deserved sigh of relief.
I saw people there with various curls and hair types. And it seemed like every customer received specialist attention. Once seated, a receptionist offered me a silk robe and a glass of fruit infused water. Then Dominique LyVar, senior stylist and educator at DevaCurl, quickly pulled about 40 million bobby pins out of my hair and stripped my stale hairstyle. He asked me what I wanted to do with my hair, and I told him that since I had just made consecutive five hour plane trips, my hair was very dry and needed a good deep conditioning treatment. . I had just given myself a haircut at home a few weeks ago, so I went with the DevaCut. Then before I knew it, I was gone to start the process.
LyVar started by wet my hair, then applied DevaCurl’s Wash Day Wonder ($ 28, devacurl.com), while he used his fingers to comb my hair. This pre-cleansing treatment works to get rid of tangles before clean the hair, which will definitely save you a lot of time in the long run. Of course, I’ve never been able to use it on its own since I was at the show, but customers of all curl types are raving about the product online, which currently has a 4.5-star rating on the Ulta website.
Next, the brand’s No-Poo Decadence Zero Lather Ultra Moisturizing Cleansing Milk ($ 22, devacurl.com) was applied to my hair and rubbed into my scalp. It was probably my favorite part of the whole treatment. Since I became natural I haven’t had someone else’s hands in my hair, so the scalp massage was felt unbelievable. After rinsing out this product, LyVar used One Condition Decadence Ultra Moisturizing Milk Conditioner ($ 22, devacurl.com), which is specially designed for super curly hair like mine. Again, the stylist used his fingers to comb my hair with the conditioner. I was surprised how easily it was able to get through my thick hair, because usually when I wash my hair on my own it takes about 15-20 minutes to get through my hair with a detangling comb – shout out Wonder of the wash day!
Then he washed off the regular conditioner and applied two deep conditioning treatment masks. The first was Melt Into Moisture ($ 36, devacurl.com) followed by Heaven In Hair ($ 28, devacurl.com). Then I needed not one, but two shower caps to hold all of my hair, and I was in the dryer for about half an hour so the conditioners could penetrate my locks.
After my hair was hydrated and rinsed, LyVar applied B’Leave-In Miracle Curl Plumper ($ 40, devacurl.com) while my hair was soaked, again using the finger combing method. The formula contains a blend of wheat, lemongrass and chamomile proteins that help plump and shape your curls, while adding moisture and shine. Since my hair is so thick, he also added Arc AnGEL Gel Maximum Hold No-Crunch Styler ($ 22, devacurl.com) to give my hair definition and hold. When I got up to go under the hairdryer again my hair looked a little white from all the product but my stylist assured me it would disappear as my hair started to dry . Of course, he’s the expert, so I trusted his judgment and waited for my hair to dry.
Because I was a virgin (and because I was curious), I wanted to see how my curls had become – even though my hair was still wet. When I turned on my phone’s camera and took a peek, I was delighted with the result: my locks were soft, stretched, and perfectly defined. If nothing else, this experiment has proven that even though my hair is awkward, doing a wash and a go is still totally possible.
My hair took forever dry because it’s so thick, but once it was finally ready, LyVar then sprayed the Set It Free Moisture Lock Finishing Spray ($ 14, devacurl.com) to add a little more moisture and shine. Finally, he blew my hair out to give me a nice voluminous finish. And as promised, it dried clearly. The end result was a nice fat, shiny, bouncy guy that I was absolutely in love with.
Unfortunately, the styling only lasted about two days before my hair started to get sticky and frizzy, possibly due to the extremely humid New York weather in the summer. I was sad to part with my first wash-and-go so soon, but I will definitely be going back to the DevaCurl salon to let them work their magic again.