After a few overzealous posts on Facebook about my upcoming hair transformation, the day has finally arrived and I got a fresh new look that feels fantastic! My hair is super happy and healthy, and I'm currently wrapping up my 11th week of no shampoo. Read more about that process here.
I asked my stylist to keep the bangs long since she had to straighten them to cut them. This way they won't be too short in their natural state (I can't yet count on myself to straighten regularly). Also, I lost a few inches so we could even things out from my last cut which was an asymmetrical bob, and now everything is in tip top shape!
My waves are loving all the love they received tonight. The stylist used "DevaCurl No-Poo" on me and gave me great tips for my shampoo-free adventure, and I've included a few below.
But first, for those who don't know, DevaCurl is a cutting/styling method and product line geared specifically to those with waves and curls. Search for a DC stylist here.
Certified DevaCurl stylists only cut your hair when it's dry, and they cut down instead of up. They also cut each individual curl, and hydrating the hair is the most important thing. Thirsty hair = frizzy hair.
The DevaCurl method does take a lot longer than a regular cut and it requires use of their product line for the full effect, but it was worth it. Tonight was my first time experiencing DevaCurl and I will definitely only be getting my hair cut in this way from now on. No question about that.
I do not plan to use their products however, not because they don't work (they most certainly do AND they are water-soluble), but because my main reason for going shampoo-free in the first place was because I want to be and remain free of products. ALL products. Even before going shampoo-free I didn't use anything on my hair, so I'm certainly not going to start now.
The DevaCurl focus is on creating defined waves and curls, which are quite lovely as you can see in the picture above, but recreating that is not important to me. I simply want my hair to be as healthy as possible and let the waves do whatever they want to do each day. I don't need definition. I just want naturally happy hair.
Now that I have a great cut that honours my natural hair flow, I trust that my decision to remain shampoo-free will lead me to increasingly glorious waves all on its own without any interference from me. I don't want to be dependent on products just to make my hair do something in a particular way. My hair is beautiful as it is, and it gets healthier, thicker, shinier and more beautiful every single week with no shampoo.
Onward and upward!
MY HAIR INSPIRATION
This is one of the many Freja Beha Erichsen images I collected as inspiration for my new hairstyle, and these are the types of waves I prefer which my hair tends to do naturally. I love the soft bedhead look (with no signs of product or styling), and my stylist fashioned my cut after this picture. Now that my hair is shaped beautifully for this style, I can just keep growing it into a glorious mane like Freja's.
BEFORE MY TRANSFORMATION
Here I am at the bus terminal in Kitchener on my way to the salon. No filter. Just pure excitement for what's to come. Although I loved this length and didn't mind the "style" (there is no style, really - it's just an outgrown asymmetrical bob), after learning about DevaCurl from a friend, I knew I wanted to spoil my newly transitioned hair with it. I wanted things evened out and I definitely wanted bangs, and I wanted my very first cut that actually honoured my natural hair/wave flow. My plan now is to grow my hair another few inches, about the length of my longest side here, and keep the bangs trimmed along the way. Easy peasy!
TRANSFORMATION IN PROGRESS
The DevaCurl method is incredibly unique, as are the hair dryers! When I posted this picture on Facebook, I was told I look like a shark. Someone also mentioned the Jetsons :) From start to finish though, DevaCurlin' like a boss takes a lot of care and time. If you need some specialized lovin' for your waves or curls, I highly recommend this.
CARING FOR YOUR WAVES & CURLS
For wavy/curly haired hotties that might care, here are two tips I learned today to help your curves survive the night and one tip for after you wash your hair:
1. Put your hair in a loose ponytail on the top of your head (it's called "the pineapple"). You'll have way less frizz in the morning.
2. Sleep on a silk pillowcase or wrap your hair in a silk scarf. I don't have the pillowcase but I do have one beautiful silk scarf that was a gift from Olga - the hottie who made my cherry print custom apron last year I've actually wrapped the scarf around my pillowcase since I don't want anything wrapped around my head. Tonight is my first night doing both of these things. Looking forward to the results!
3. Don't dry your hair with a towel. Those itty bitty hooks damage your hair. Use microfibre if you can. Or even a t-shirt. Air drying is ideal though. I always air dry.
Hope that helps someone reading this!
P.S. Explore my other Shampoo-Free posts here.
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