Like many women, I’d spent decades beating my naturally curly hair into straight submission – creams, gels, blow drying, flat irons – whatever products were available in a salon, beauty supply store or infomercial to transform my curly locks into straight, shiny, flowing tresses, I tried it. And don’t get me started about Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Rachel’ cut in the 90′s; maintaining that cut was my ‘lost decade’ – I had a regular seat at the Riccardo Maggiore salon in Manhattan, getting my hair relaxed every 8 weeks and a salon blow out every other week, not to mention the deep conditioning treatments to counteract all the damage I was subjecting my hair to – all in pursuit of the holy grail that is straight hair!
Then one year, on a jam-packed sightseeing trip to Italy, everything changed. We were on the go from 7 a.m. in the morning to 9 p.m. at night, and nobody at the Colosseum seemed to care that my hair wasn’t straight. I wasn’t stopped at the gates of Vatican City by the Swiss Guard because my head was covered in a halo of ringlets. I had to choose – spend an hour every morning blow drying and flat-ironing my hair, or go au natural and get an early start exploring the ruins of Pompeii. It was a no-brainer, and I know it might sound melodramatic, but it was an epiphany that changed my life. I haven’t straightened my hair in three years, and embracing my curls has been easier than I thought it would be, and so much healthier for my hair.
Enter my nearly-teenage son (no more tween in a few days!) who has inherited his mom’s curly hair and is clueless as to what to do with it, leaving him looking like he has a permanent case of bed head. Living with curly hair starts with a proper cut – when I decided to finally embrace the curly lifestyle, I went to Devachan Salon, where they specialize in cutting curly hair, and teaching one how to care for it (spoiler alert: shampoo is not your friend). At Devachan, the hair is cut dry, curl by curl, and then cleansed and conditioned with their deeply hydrating products. I figured this was a good time to indoctrinate him in the Devachan way, sparing him years of cursing his genetic lot in life.
He selected Nolan Gould from Modern Family as his curly hair role model, and armed with a photo we set out to Devachan for his hair cut.
Sporting a full head of curly hair, we arrived at Devachan, where Lois quickly got to work cutting and shaping his overgrown locks:
shearing cutting, it was time to cleanse and condition, and add a dollop of DevaCurl One Condition to style and arrange the curls with fingers. He sat under the dryer for about 10 minutes, but wouldn’t let me take a picture of that :-( . At home he’ll let his hair air dry or use the blow dryer with the DevaFuser attachment to dry his hair more quickly.
We were both thrilled with the results and Lois did a great job in keeping his curly hair role model in mind:
If you’re thinking of leaving the madness of hair-straightening behind and unleashing your inner curly girl (or boy), definitely look into a salon that specializes in cutting curly hair, and check out the DevaCurl line of products – they are rich, moisturizing products that will transform your hair and make your transition to the curly life so much easier.
Are you a curly hair enthusiast? A great resource for tips on how to care for curly hair is NaturallyCurly.com. Also check out my Pinterest board for more curly hairstyles for both men and women. How do you maintain your curly locks or are you thinking about making the transition? Let me know in the comments!