Lemonade Out of a Big Lemon: My Dope New Haircut

Well you can tell by the subject line how the story turns out…I guess sitting down to read this post is like sitting down to watch Titantic…minus Leo and the icebergs…I digress.

After my hair straightening at a Dominican Salon last week, I attempted to use protein conditioners and deep treatments to revive my curls per the recommendations of the stylists at Madusalon. The same stylists also confirmed my fears that I was, in fact, in the middle of a hair emergency and made me an appointment for the next day.

So last Friday, I sat in the chair of Miss Marie France Cesar, owner of Madusalon (SF’s curl haven/heaven). She started snipping the ends, taking off the obvious damaged tips. I was well overdue for a trim (my last one was in April) and so I was fairly certain that this portion of my hair was not going to make it past this debacle. Marie noted that the hair at the back of my head, where my curls are loosest and most fine had lost a lot of the elasticity. The difference was seriously noticeable as the curls in the kitchen hung far below the rest of my hair. “Well, we’ll have to cut these pieces shorter,” explained Marie.

See the curls on the left and back hanging lower than the rest? No bueno.

“Fine by me,” I agreed. “And you know, you might as well cut them shorter, I’ve always wanted to have shorter hair in the back…like a tapered cut.”

“Are you asking me to give you a tapered cut?” asked Marie.

“Um,” I paused. “Yup. No time like the present I’ve always wanted one!”

And that was that. The next thing I knew, I was watching four inch curls (8 total inches of hair when stretched) plummet to the floor. But I wasn’t nervous a bit. I was having a “go hard or go home” sort of moment. I was just wishing and hoping that she would cut it short enough.

I felt kind of like a topiary sitting there as Marie’s scissors sculpted and shaped my dear Lola into a new, distinct volume. Marie placed the mirror in my hands and swiveled me around so I could see the back of my head revealing the cut I’ve always wanted! A HATCHBACK!!! My friend Dani got A Hatchback (think two-door coupe that opens vertically) in college and I had serious envy of it then, but never thought I could have one myself. However NOW! JOYOUS NOW! I had A Hatchback sitting right on my very own head!

View from the back before styling.


View from the side before styling. <3 the shape here!

After a few more minutes of snipping (a few of which involved me flipping my head over and Marie cutting from her knees), I was whisked away to the shampoo bowl where Marie’s assistant Amy proceeded to shampoo and shingle me using Deva products.

If there is one thing I’m well aware of, it’s that shingling my thick head of curls yields a truly beautiful effect, but is also time-consuming as all heck. But no matter, Amy and I traded stories of hair and life as she pulled Deva Heaven in Hair through my curls, bringing them back to life and re-shaping their coils. I was jazzed to try this new product after Amy explained that it served as a 3-in-1 leave-in conditioner, styler, and deep conditioner. #yesplease

All shingled and feeling great!


Shingled from the back view!

After the shingling to the dryer I went where I chilled until I was mostly dry. Then Amy used a diffuser to shape, fluff, and define my coilies. Marie did one more once over with her scissors to finalize what had become one of the best hairstyles I’ve had in my life!

I love my coils and I love the round lollipop shape that had become Lola over the past couple years, but there’s something both edgier and more refined about this new cut.

Lola ready for a Friday night!


I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I know that without the heat damage, I would have sat through a trim where the end goal would have just been to retain length and general look of my hair. But this adventure in hairstyling inspired me to keep on being adventurous and try something new. Hair is just hair and it can burn, it can be cut, but it will grow!

The woman behind the magic shears: Marie of Madusalon!

Epilogue: Four days later I’m still as enamored with the style as I was when I walked out of the salon. I’ve gotten tons of compliments and I’m thrilled that my hair has been restored to its pre-blowout health! There are still a few pieces of hair that hasn’t gained its curl back, but alas, nothing I can do now. I also can’t stop touching the back of my hair where my shortest pieces are about 1/2″ to 1″. ┬áIt’s like Lola2.0 and I don’t hate it!

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  1. LOVE IT! OMG, this post must be a sign to me from above to get a fierce tapered cut. I watched Mo Betta Blues last night w/the hubby and was admiring Spike Lee’s sister’s cut (tapered) and how firece it was. I told him I was thinking about doing my hair that way and I wake up this morning to this post in my email. WOW

  2. that cut is FIRE! love a stylist who knows her way around head full of curls! I’m itching for my next big cut come the big 3-0 later this year…can’t wait!

  3. Wow, I’ve been contemplating a bob cut for weeks now. I want my twists to look fresh. I have a hair crush.

  4. It looks hot! I’m glad you like it.

  5. I love lola she is healthy. I personally love long hair.

  6. <3 it! Rock it hard!

  7. Can we out of stater have an address and telephone number or this QUEEN of hair? i am from NYS and plan on visiting SF in the fall. You look awesome with the new cut.My daughter used to get her 4c hair blown out and then double twisted, Never looked right and took months to bring back the curl.. .She has since learned her hair lesson.

    • Madusalon!

      300 Divisadero Street
      San Francisco, CA 94117-2209
      (415) 626-4782

      Be sure to get in touch if you visit!! :)

  8. Can someone please explain to me what “shingling” is? Thank you!

  9. i loooove it. i actually prefer fro’s with shape becuz its outside of the normal…BLAH!!! Im growing out from a twa and i “plan” to grow it long to donate ONLY!! other than that i prefer short cuts but i gotta keep this pic in the archives for the future :) when i had to do a 2nd BC due to heat damage i wasnt mad cuz i felt like i sabotaged myself since i wanted to go back to my amber rose cut ;) great post but more importantly thank u for showing how “its only hair” becuz folks get soooo caught up in i want long hair-period. its never been that serious to me!

  10. Sassy, Sexy, AMAZING!! Love your new look. Now I definitely know that I need to pay Madusalon a visit soon!

  11. you look beautiful.

  12. OMG Cass! Lola looks amazing. I love the cut on you. I was just thinking that I wanted to shape Seffy into a more distinct style. Its been about 2 years and I am ready for something a bit more polished. I am puttin Madu on my list!

  13. OMG, Lola looks fab! I”m with manechic, I have a hair crush!


  15. Love it cass!

  16. You are my hair twin. woo hoo. Thats is so cool.

  17. Love the cut. Earlier this year I got micro braids and after a week I regretted it. The straight look just doesn’t fit my personality anymore. I love the volume of my curls and the flexibility. After sitting for 12 hours, I took the braids out after a month. Your cut makes me even more excited for my buzz cut in 10 days. I’m cutting all my hair off for my birthday. It will be my 3rd BIG CHOP!!!

  18. Love, love, love the hair cut!! Did she cut it wet or dry? just curious

    • she cut it slightly damp… I showed up having washed and deep treatment’ed myself earlier that morning and my hair wasn’t fully dry. I believe they cut on wet hair @ madu.

      • Hey Cassadie it’s Shannon from Madu :)… Just wanted to clear one thing up. At madusalon we cut curly hair dry. It’s better for the end results. Just being able to see the curls where they naturally lay, and within their curl families we are able to ultimately shape the hair more accurately, which creates a better flowing hairstyle.

        Thank you again for coming in to visit us :)

  19. That cut is amazing!!! I absolutely love it, you have me itching for a hatchback too!!

  20. That’s wussup!!! I’m seriously digging that cut! I just got my 2nd cut, and after 3 weeks I can’t stop takin pics of myself LOL!

  21. Gorgeous cut! It frames your face well and highlights your cheekbones!

    Get it.

  22. that photo of you in the pink dress is haute! Love the new do!

  23. The shorter look really brings out your facial structure, the cheek bones, etc. Fly! Wow, I didn’t know Heaven in Hair could be used as a leave in and styler! I’ve been wasting my product, lol! A stylist at the salon bought it for me to try and I’ve been hooked every since:) It definitely brings the curls out! Your descriptions aka hatchback crack me up!

  24. I LOVE IT!!!! Looks amazing! Great cut!!

  25. Cassidy! You are so fly Hun. This style is so fierce on you it couldn’t have been a mistake. This circumstance was destined. Continue to be encouraged and fabulously daring. I’m a Fan!

  26. Very nice, that may be just what I need! Gotta add some style to my natural hair, it’s been ten years. Love the hair! Madusalon, here I come!!

  27. luv the cut! n i total understand how u feel. abt 8 mths into my natural hair journey I went for a blow out and flat iron. horror story is the hairdresser didn’t know what she was doing and I left the salon with major heat damage. 11 mths and my hair is cut uneven because of the straight ends I cut off myself. now I have a phobia for salons and people handling my hair but as you said “its just hair” and it will grow!

  28. This is exactly the cut I have been picturing for me! It is just beautiful! Now I can show my stylist your cut without having trying to explain it. Love it Chica!

  29. I love it! You look beautiful!

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  33. aaargghh! It’s so cute! You’ve got me seriously tempted to toss out my 2-year-no-cutting goal… Wow, that’s FIERCE!

  34. THIS IS WHAT I WANT!!!!!

    I’ve been looking for a longer/ grown- out version of a tampered cut and I knew I’d describe it wrong to a stylist and end out cutting off all my growth. This is EXACTLY the cut I want.

    And it looks fabulous of you. Thanks for a being a natural curls haircut trailblazer!

  35. I’ve been dealing with the looser curl pattern on the bottom and 95% kinky shrinkage at the crown and wanted to see what a tapered back looked like on coily hair without cutting the sides. I know this is an old post, but it’s timely for me. I’ve been searching for a visual without the short sides because sometimes I pull my hair back and I wanted to still have that flexibility. I got some cut off the bottom, but the stylist and I weren’t effectively communicating, so I wouldn’t let her cut anymore because she didn’t grasp what I said I wanted. So it’s better with some of the bottom cut down. My cousin won’t cut it – she wants me to do a “faux” tapered style. I’m like – after doing the big chop! I know it’ll grow! Thanks for sharing your journey!

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