Ouidad’s Carve and Slice Method and DevaChan’s DevaCut are two popular natural hair cut methods that I recently considered for my very first natural hair cut. Let’s talk about what I learned about each technique.
Natural Hair Cut Interview!
I do not live near any flagship salons, thus I used a salon locator to find a Ouidad and DevaChan stylist in my local area. I asked many questions about cutting technique, combing methods, tools and products used. Both hairstylists did an excellent job at covering the basics.
Ouidad Carve and Slice Method
The Ouidad Carve and Slice Method elongates curls and enhances definition. A weight line is created toward the middle of the head to keep the cut from appearing boxy. The hairstylist assured the hair cut will translate well when wearing straight hair. The Ouidad technique removes problem ends while the hair is dry and cuts the hair into its final shape while wet.
Ouidad believes a more consistent hair cut can be achieved while cutting the hair when wet because coils consistently fall the same when wet. Cutting the hair while dry places the cut at risk for inconsistencies because coils don’t always fall the same because of shrinkage.
You are asked to arrive to the salon with no product in your hair. Hair without product helps the hairstylist see how curls naturally fall and get a better understanding of curl pattern, texture, etc. DevaChan believes a more consistent hair cut can be achieved when cutting the hair in a dry state.
Which is Better for Type 4 Hair?
This is debated by many and truly comes down to what you feel is best for your hair type and texture. However, research suggests the Ouidad hair cut is better for tighter curls and the DevaCut is better for looser curls. I was leaning toward the Ouidad method but I was still torn. I simply wanted a hair cut that could be worn curly or straight. The DevaChan stylist recommended I not waste money on either method. Instead, she felt a basic hair cut to shape my hair and define my curls would work best.
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My First Natural Hair Cut
It’s easier to spot damage on dry hair, thus she removed about an inch all around before washing my hair. I was nervous my hair would be uneven since it was cut without being stretched. However, she assured it would not be because she evenly removed an inch from each section of hair. Unevenness happens when hair is not cut the same in each section. I haven’t had the opportunity to stretch my hair like the photo above but from what I can see, my hair appears to be pretty even.
She cowashed my hair with Mizani True Textures Cleansing Cream and used DevaCurl One Condition as my leave-in. She blotted my hair with a towel to remove excess water and applied a generous amount of Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker for curl definition. I was really impressed with my curls. Even my whack patches had awesome curl definition.
The below photo is before my hair cut. My nape is a looser texture than the rest of my hair so it made my hair look like it was v-shaped.
The below photo was when I first stepped away from the salon. My hair was damp and shrinkage had not yet kicked in.
The below photos is day two hair post shrinkage.
The below photo is two weeks post salon visit yet my curls were still popping!!
2 week old wash & go curl definition using #camillerosenaturals Curl Maker. I refreshed daily with a moisturizer of choice to keep my hair properly moisturized. Very impressed with product performance and how long my curls lasted without frizz. It's now time to wash my hair as I'm starting to see some product buildup. ❤
I love the shape and curl definition. I’m glad my nape no longer has a v-shape.
I really didn’t lose much hair considering this was my first professional natural hair cut. I honestly thought I would lose a lot more hair since I was conservative with my big chop. The photo makes it look like I lost more than what I really did.
Majority of my single strand knots were removed. The stylist believes most single strand knots come from not properly detangling the hair. She uses a three step technique: She finger detangles first – she does not use a wide tooth comb because she feels finger detangling has the same effectiveness as a wide tooth comb. After the hair is properly detangled, she uses a triple row detangling comb to sift out problem areas (I’ve since purchased this comb!). She then follows up with a paddle brush for clumping curls. I incorporated this technique at home and it’s working well.
She recommended I get a trim every three months which I find reasonable.