Everything You Need to Know About the Deva Cut

Curly hair can be a bit difficult to work with. If you have curly hair, you know how hard it is to find the perfect hairstyle, let alone a stylist that knows how to create that style or cut your hair the right way. But don’t lose hope just yet — there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

The Deva Cut might be the answer. It is an innovative style of haircutting that involves cutting curls in the way that they fall without being styled. This haircut is done while the hair is dry and free of products – in all its naturally curly glory. The point of this haircut is to create an even shape that is determined by the curl pattern of your hair.

It’s a great choice for curly or tightly coiled hair and is easy to maintain. Plus, your curls will be obsession-worthy. Read on to learn if the Deva Cut is going to be your next hairstyle!

What is a Deva Cut?

The Deva Cut is a special haircutting technique invented by Devachan Salon’s Lorraine Massey, who is not only co-founder of the salon and Deva Curl brand but she’s also a bonified curl expert. This is a dry-cutting method that concentrates on shaping your hair according to your curls.

How Does it Work?

Your curl pattern is the way your hair curls and falls. This pattern is almost as unique as a snowflake, meaning that your curls are shaped differently, they bounce or “spring” differently, and they each fall at a different length.

What’s so extra-special about the Deva method is that the style is centralized on the curl pattern instead of the length of your hair. You see, each curl is separately snipped on a diagonal angle to ensure that your curl’s spring stays intact and the patterns even.

Who is it For?

Since we’ve talked about curls so much, you’ve most likely guessed this haircut is for curly hair, but we all know “curly hair” is a bit of a general term. There is a whole curl spectrum, after all. This style is most popular on tighter curls and ringlets than it is waves, but that doesn’t mean that wavy hair doesn’t make the cut.

Whether you have waves, ringlets, or kinky coils, the Deva Cut is here for your hair! The entire haircut revolves around your curl pattern, no matter how loose or tight your coils may be. Everybody with a natural twirl to their tresses can get some Deva-love!

How to Prepare for Your First Deva Cut

Deva Cut preparation

Since this is a specialized cut for curly hair, there are a few things you’ll need to do before getting the Deva Cut. The first thing you want to do is to look at some inspiration photos for your desired look and your specific curl type. This is helpful for any haircut because stylists aren’t psychics.

Find A Certified Salon

The first thing you want to do is find a certified salon and stylist. We can’t all make it to a chair at Devachan, but luckily there are other Deva-Certified salons and stylists to choose from. You can find a salon that specialized in Deva Cuts here.

There are 3 different levels of certification. Level One is called Deva-Inspired, Level two is called Deva-Advanced, and Level Three is Deva-Certified which is the master level. The certification level of your stylist will usually reflect in the cost of the service, as an appointment with a Deva-Certified stylist is more expensive than an appointment with a Deva Inspired Stylist.

Prepare Your Hair Before Your Appointment

On the day of your appointment, make sure that your hair is freshly washed and air-dried. Detangling is all you’ll need to do after that. Since this is a wash-and-wear style, the point is to let your curls fall as naturally as possible.

Don’t do anything to your hair that will alter your curls, including putting your hair in a bun, braid, ponytail, and especially styling it with a flat iron. If you have to use products, make sure it’s the same kind of products that you plan on using after getting the cut.

What to Expect During Your Appointment

When you get a Deva Cut, you’re not just getting a trim, you’re getting a whole new look. Your curls are getting a brand-new lease on life! Don’t forget to communicate clearly with your stylist about what is it that you want and ask all the questions that you have in mind.

The Stages of Your Appointment

The Deva-Cut appointment is a lot more intricate than a regular salon appointment. Your appointment will probably take more than an hour, depending on what services you need, but here’s how your appointment will look:

Hair Analysis

Your appointment starts when you sit down in the chair. The first thing the stylist will do is hair analysis. This is the conversation you have with a stylist about what you want, how you do your hair, etc. Your stylist will also look at your hair to determine what type of curls you have and their pattern.

The Actual Deva-Cut

The next part is the most obvious, which is the cut itself. Depending on the style and twist of your curls, your stylist will either individually cut your curly locks or snip them diagonally, in a way that doesn’t alter the curl. This is an intricate process that may seem boring, but it’s totally worth the wait.

Transformation Services

These are additional services that come with the Deva Cut appointment. Your curly locks will get all the TLC it needs with their deep conditioning and bounce-back treatments that nourish your hair and define your curls so much better. 

Style Coaching

Perhaps the worst thing is to get a brand-new look and not know how to style it properly. That’s why a Deva Cut includes a session with your stylist where they teach you to perfectly style your new ‘do.

How Much Does A Deva Cut Cost?

Remember, this isn’t a regular haircut and blow-dry. You’re not just paying for the time it takes to cut your hair, but also the time it takes to learn how to do it properly.

The average is between $80-$200 USD. At the Devachan salon in New York City, the full-service starts at $95 and goes up depending on your stylist’s certification level and the services you get.

Deva Cut After Care: Do’s and Don’ts

When it comes to maintaining your new ‘do, wash-and-wear may not be as simple as it sounds. Here are a few tips on what to do and what not to do, so you can keep your curls looking their best.


Use the Right Products

When you’re styling your hair after your Deva Cut, make sure that you use the right products. Deva Curl’s product line is tailor-fitted for this haircut, but those aren’t your only options. You can easily get away with your favorite curl crème or a conditioning mousse.

Let Your Locks Air Dry

Keep in mind that this is a wash and wear style, meaning that it’s intended for you to wash, detangle, and air dry. If you’re in a hurry, you can diffuser on a blow dryer with a lower heat setting to maintain that mane. Diffusers are made specifically for curly hair and work to separate the airflow of the blow dryer to decrease frizz while speeding up the drying process.


Stretch it Out—ever

No curl is the same. Not even on your own head. This means that they coil differently, which makes them fall at a different length. The Deva Cut depends on how your curls fall, so it’s not recommended to straighten hair or to regularly braid it after getting the cut. Straightening, braiding, even brushing with an incorrect brush can alter how your curls fall.

Trim it Yourself

You know your hair better than anyone else, but even when you think a hairstyle might look good and be easy to maintain, you may change your mind when it comes to one of the most important things about your image. 

When your hair starts to grow out if you don’t end up liking how it looks on you, don’t take drastic measures. The right thing to do is to let a professional trim or change it up.


The Deva Cut is no regular haircut for curly girls. This is a customized curl-cutting technique that’s been around since the nineties, originating in Devachan Salon in New York City. This particular cut is specified by how each curl is cut individually to make sure that the curl pattern stays intact.

The whole process is time-consuming, but it’s worth it. Your stylist begins by fully understanding how your hair works and then cuts according to that, followed by a spa-like treatment that brings your curls and twirls back to life by nourishing them. Finally, your stylist shows you how to style your hair in the future.

This is truly one of the best cuts for tight, frizzy coils. It allows you to have a shape that actually works with your hair, the way a hairstyle really should. When you get your Deva Cut, your curls will be something to brag about.

When are you making your Deva Cut appointment?

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