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Few things are more terrifying for a curly girl than walking into a salon for a curly haircut appointment, and not knowing what your ‘do will look like when all is said and done. Ladies, there’s no need to grip the salon chair in terror while you let a stylist who may or may not have much experience with curls hack away at your hair. There’s a solution!!!

Take a few deep breaths and book yourself a DevaCut!

Your first DevaCut can be life-changing. No, seriously. It’s not uncommon for newbies to cry tears of joy (or grin uncontrollably) after getting one of our unique curly haircuts.

After the snip session, the pro will also teach you how to cleanse, hydrate, and style your hair based on the look you’re going for and your lifestyle. We’ll make sure that two days after your appointment you aren’t standing in your bathroom feeling frustrated and confused.

Before all of that magic happens, it’s important to know what to do before heading to the salon. That’s why we’ve put together this quick DevaCut preparation guide for anyone who is new to Christine Alexander’s Salon.

Here’s how to get ready for your DevaCut appointment:

1. Leave your hair alone

Your stylist will cut your curly hair while it’s dry, and in its natural state. Arrive at the salon with your curls conditioned, detangled, dried, and un-styled (no twist-outs, braids, curling or flat irons or any other manipulation). Let your hair hang loosely—accessories like ponytail holders can disrupt your curl pattern.

2. Lose the weight

If you’re currently using products with sulfates, silicones or heavy oils, do your best to avoid them for one to two weeks before your booking. Ditching those ingredients will make your hair softer, more hydrated and more defined, which will allow the stylist to see your true curl type.

3. Be willing to learn new tricks

The length of your appointment will depend on whether you’re a newbie, or if you’ve had a DevaCut before. For a new client, plan on being at the salon for two hours. This includes:

  1. Initial conversation you have with your stylist
  2. The actual cut
  3. The Transformation Services (this is where the magic happens)
  4. A styling coaching session
  5. Drying time

If you’re a returning client, it’ll take 60 to 75 minutes for you because you’ll already know all the styling tricks we taught you on your first visit.