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An overdue trim

It had been a solid two and a half years since my last trim when I finally sat down in Karen Van Wyngaard’s chair recently. I could blame pregnancy etc. but the truth is that I was afraid to cut for fear of sacrificing length. Why am I this person? I don’t know. I do know better and it was high time for me to do better.

How wrong I was holding off on trims. Look, I’m not saying I didn’t look cute, but my ends were scraggly, uneven and dry and my hand-in-hair syndrome didn’t help…


I’d heard that Karen was the only DevaCurl certified stylist in SA having trained in New York at the coveted DevaCurl Academy. Impressively, she’s gone up level 2 (advanced) which includes the Deva Cut, painter highlighting and DevaCurl products and services across all curl types. Yes she’s White but she works with a range of hair textures and has for decades, often on high fashion shoots etc – and it shows…

Bye bye blonde!

Importantly and key to the DevaCurl technique, its a dry, curl by curl cut. It’s best to arrive at the salon with relatively clean hair with not too much product on. Karen started with a consulatation (sooooooo important) asking me what my hair goals were (length, health, volume, did I mention length?!). I also took along some some pics of the outcome I envisioned for inspiration.

Dry cut all done – you can already see the shape coming together

After the cut, its off to the basin where the hair is gently but thoroughly cleansed. Karen keeps the DevaCurl range of products (not available in SA) for use at the basin along with a few other local brands. We washed with the DevaCurl No Poo Decadence (sulphate free etc etc). We DC’ed with DevaCurl’s Melt into Moisture (I have this at home – its the bomb.com!) – and then cling wrapped the hair and wrapped it with a warm, microwaved towel (heavenly in the chilly weather!).

Wet hair, rinsed with no product. Look. At. Those Curls.

Key: the styling is done on very, very wet hair. I know you know this, I do too but I was taken aback and just how wet the hair need to be. Literally d-r-i-p-p-i-n-g. Karen laughs and says she was telling them in NYC that this would be a challenge in SA with water restrictions etc. Karen used The Perfect Hair‘s Kinky Coily Styler and their Heat Protectant. We diffuse with hot (to dry) and cold (to set) air and the last step then is to cut any niggly bit that are standing out.

What we used to achieve the look


As if you can’t tell my from my smile, I was super happy with the outcome!

If you’re interested, Karen is based in Parkhurst and its best to make bookings via WhatsApp – 072 264 9714 (since she’s with clients all day). This cut, wash, deep conditioning & styling cost me R900 and took around 3 hours.

Be kind to your hair!


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