Making Waves

November 6, 2013

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Once upon a time I had wavy hair.  It was unpredictable and therefore troublesome.  Some days it looked good and other days it was inexplicably awful.  It seemed to require a lot of attention; straightening it just seemed easier.  If I straightened it, I could go for several days without worry.  As I’ve gotten older, though, my hair is much thinner and I was concerned about all the heat styling.

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Recently when I tried to wear it wavy, it looked straggly and drove me crazy.  Then I heard about Deva Curl.  (Yes, sounds like diva!)  Alex had been telling me about a salon in NY called Devachan.  They specialize in wavy/curly/spiral-y/coil-y hair, all textures.  After a little research online, I found a local salon that has stylists trained in the Deva technique.  The result?  I feel like myself again.

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I nearly had a panic attack when the stylist cut off inches and I didn’t relax until the final view.  It was better than I had imagined.  Now I’m inspired to nourish my hair, enjoy the wave, and most of all, have fun with what Mother Nature has given me.  I just needed a little help to see the potential again.

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I’m not making any promises about what you’ll see in future posts, but right now I’m feeling pretty good. Thank you, Deva.  Oh yeah, and thanks for the curls, Mom.  Couldn’t have done it without you.

Note:  In case you’re wondering, there’s no compensation involved.  I’m just posting about my newest obsession because I’m excited and wanted to share.  I went out and bought the book Curly Girl-The Handbook by Lorraine Massey, and I did purchase some of the Deva styling products after my appointment.  I love them and they don’t have bad stuff in them.  I definitely have the feeling that the “corporate consciousness” is based on a genuine desire to help support natural beauty.  I like that.  The salon didn’t push product, and the book gives DIY information for trimming your own hair and making your own products.  Works for me.










34 Responses to Making Waves

  1. Pam@over50feeling40 on November 6, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Your hair looks beautiful! You look amazing!

    • Jean on November 6, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Thank you so much. I’m still getting used to the feel, look, and technique of stying. I’m loving it, though.

  2. sandra on November 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    oh my goodness! your hair is gorgeous! (as are you!!)I love the Deva curl name too, so glam! x x

    • Jean on November 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      It’s a fun name AND the products smell really, really good.

  3. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas on November 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Oh Jean, I’m so thrilled to see you’ve jumped on the Curly Girl train! You look fabulous in your curls! I’ve had Lorraine’s book since it first came out, that’s well over ten years ago, and it was such a game changer for me. Whew! I did okay with my hair prior, but always had bad hair days. Now, it’s just so easy to embrace my natural hair!

    • Jean on November 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      And your hair always looks good!!

  4. linda.davis on November 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    WOW!!! You look fantastic. It really frames your beautiful face.

    • Jean on November 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you!! I think this is what I wanted when I didn’t know what I wanted, if that makes any sense. Have you been enjoying your Buffalo Exchange purchases? I know I’ve been enjoying mine. :-)

      • linda davis on November 6, 2013 at 5:10 pm

        Love it all cannot wait to go back.

  5. Serene on November 6, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    You look absolutely gorgeous! It’s amazing what a great cut can do! Fabulous! Hugs to you ! Serene

    • Jean on November 6, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Serene!! I’m so happy to hear from you! I hope all’s well with you. XXOO

  6. Feda on November 7, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Jean I LOVE YOUR CURLS!! I love curly hair in general but you rock in curls. You look so radiant!

    • Jean on November 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

      It’s funny. This is one of those things where I wonder, what took me so long? I’m loving it too, thank you! :-)

  7. Vix on November 7, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Oh Jean, I would die for hair like yours. It always looks gorgeous to me but with your Diva treatment it’s truly beautiful. xxx

    • Jean on November 7, 2013 at 8:35 am

      I think I’m on the road back to hair-health too, which makes me happy. I’m guessing you inspire some hair admiration too. :-)

  8. Rosalind on November 7, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I wonder if there’s anywhere similar in the UK? I’m so untrusting of having my hair cut that I tend to just snip at the ends myself. Love how your hair looks after its Deva (Diva) makeover – so naturally gorgeous. My hair has gradually grown much wavier in the last 18 months (the same happened to my mum at a similar age and she’s worn her hair defiantly curly all her adult life). The handbook sounds good too. I may have to hunt down a copy.

    • Jean on November 7, 2013 at 8:41 am

      The book is very helpful. I have the newer version which has a little more info plus a DVD that shows some care and styling techniques. I found my hair went through several changes in texture/curl throughout my life, similar to what you mention. Your hair is absolutely glorious and I’m not surprised you’re reluctant to have anyone touch it. One important thing about the Deva technique is that the hair is always cut dry. Let me know how you make out!!

  9. The Style Crone on November 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

    You look absolutely radiant in your new cut and your smile says it all. Somehow, when hair feels good, life is better.

    Camille had her hair cut at the salon that you mentioned in NY and is a fan of the Deva Curl products. She tells me that they are the only products that work on her hair, but she can’t find the right ‘cut’ here in Denver. However, she says as long as she has the products, she’s good.

    • Jean on November 7, 2013 at 10:20 am

      They really do help. She’d love the salon I went to. Maybe if you guys came this way sometime…

  10. Tamera the Menopausal Supermodel on November 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I’d KILL for fabulous waves like yours!! your hair is just GORGEOUS!!

    • Jean on November 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Aw shucks. Thank you. I’m glad I’m rediscovering them after all these years. XXOO

  11. Forest City Fashionista on November 8, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Isn’t it always the way – those of us with straight hair wanted it to be curly, and the women with curly hair are always trying to straighten it! I love the big loose curls and think it looks great on you. Embrace the wave!

    • Jean on November 8, 2013 at 10:21 am

      So far it’s easier which I’m really enjoying. Your pictures from the Manhattan Vintage show were fabulous. I will definitely be going again, some year.

  12. Glenda on November 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Curly or straight…simply gorgeous. I was thinking about trying a haircare product called Mixed Chicks. Hair dye is taking a toll on my natural hair.

    • Jean on November 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      I’ve seen those products and almost bought them. It seems like one of the biggest changes in my hair routine now is that I’ve stopped using sulfate shampoo, and I’m deeply conditioning. I think there are probably a lot of good products out there and you’re right, coloring your hair does take it’s toll.

  13. Ann on November 9, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Wow the curls look so good on you. You know when the hair and the person some how match. Cool that you have a found a style that compliments your natural and gorgeous waves.

    blue hue wonderland

    • Jean on November 9, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      I’m curious now to see how long I can get it and still like it. Typically I go sailing along until one day I wake up and say this is too long!! I need it off, now. Of course the day of my appointment, it magically looks better than it has for days. Murphy’s Law?

  14. Jan Graham-McMillen on November 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    So lovely as always! It’s astonishing what a good salon visit will do, with the right tools. Yeaaaay, hair technology! You’re just a curly delight!
    I will always be one of those women who want curly hair but don’t have it. My hair is so straight that I have to put a curve into it. I’m hating my hair this week, but that may pass. Will just give it some TLC and talk nice to it. Might help.
    Good to know you’re feeling buoyant!

    • Jean on November 12, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      So it’s been over a week and the strangest thing I’m discovering is that the less I do to it, the better it looks. Crazy.

  15. Krista on November 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Your hair really looks fab. That’s important for us girls big time especially as we age. My pink and orange locks make everything I put on that much better because I feel good. I can hear the happiness in this post that you are loving the locks. Hears to happy hair!

  16. Sage Grayson on November 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Wow, that’s quite a difference! Your hair looks lovely. It’s amazing what a good hair style can do for your self-esteem. I just got my hair cut recently, and it’s like I’m a whole new me–haha! :)

    • Jean on November 14, 2013 at 12:42 am

      It’s pretty crazy how much we tend to identify with our hair, which is why losing it due to illness or other factors must be such a challenge. Some people seem to have no difficulty changing it often and radically, but I’ve never been one of them. For me, a small change feels huge. I trust you’re enjoying your new ‘do?

  17. The Goodwill Fangirl on November 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    My oldest biracial daughter got her first haircut at an NYC salon that specializes only in curly hair, and she had the same response as you. The right cut did wonders for her natural curls, and even though she wears a super close cut right now, she knows where to go if she wants to grow it out again.

    Your hair looks amazing and a lot like my daughter’s; I’d kill for natural curls!

  18. Gigi on November 26, 2013 at 3:13 am


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