Many of my amazing clients will have followed my story from the beginning – or have been with me over these last few weeks – to hear about my adventure to America recently to train with some of the world’s top curly hair specialists at the Deva Academy in New York and LA.
The Deva Salon in LA
This has been a complete dream for me and something I have wanted to do, and aimed for, since I started my own curl journey around three years ago – and heard about the Deva Curl salons unique and innovative cutting and colouring techniques.
With a lot of support from friends, clients and family to achieve this, I am so proud that my goal has finally been reached in becoming a Senior Deva Curly Haired Specialist – one of the only ones in the country!
Me at the LA salon
As many of you know, I have been a hairdresser for 25 years, and have always made sure I have got the latest training in both cuts and colour, from Vidal Sassoon in the heart of London, to the Mahogany Salons in Oxford.
But just a few years ago I realised I needed to embrace my own curls, and encourage all other ‘curly girls’ to as well, and so this special journey began, and I haven’t looked back since!
I must admit I was pretty nervous to fly on my own from Birmingham to JFK airport in New York earlier this year and be launched into the world of the Deva Curl Salon on my first morning in the country. But from the moment I stepped through the doors, it was an incredible experience and I was anxious to absorb every bit of training I was given into the newest techniques in cutting, and colouring, curly hair.
I was training in the New York Salon for three days, where I was first introduced to the Waterfall Deva Cut (cutting the hair curl by curl but structuring the shape) and the incredible Pintura Colouring Technique (hand painting the colour onto the curl, rather than using foils). To be able to learn from the best in the USA, inspired me to want to be the very best in the UK when it comes to curly hair!
The Deva Waterfall Cut
From New York, I then flew five-and-a-half hours to LAX in LA where I was greeted by beautiful sunshine, and another group of incredible curly hair instructors, who just had a huge passion for their art – which was so infectious! I not only trained with them, but also got to shadow them in the salon for a few days to see what really goes on behind the scenes. They told me I was the only hairdresser from the UK to have shown such commitment and drive to do this, and their warmth and welcoming to the Deva Curl world was amazing. So much so, I would have loved to have stayed longer and done more, and so will be planning a return trip soon to keep up-to-date with their latest techniques.
These are some of the amazing Deva instructors from LA.
Not only did I learn so much, but I met some incredible hairdressers, trainers, and now friends, who I am so so proud to have had the fortune to help me along my curly hair journey!
My first ever Waterfall Deva haircut on Cameron Stark in LA!
The 10 days in the USA was life changing for me, and I know all this wealth of experience I picked up there can now be used on all my gorgeous and supportive clients who have followed me on this journey.
Thank you to everyone who has believed in me, supported me and encouraged me to follow this path. Without you I know I wouldn’t be where I am today and I can’t even express how grateful I am to each and every one of you!
The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Curly!