Hair Burning: The New Remedy For Split Ends

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Split ends are the worst when it comes to beautiful straight hair! And if you are a curly-headed girl, though you may hide them better, split ends affect you, too! The bigger pain is getting rid of them. We all dread going to the salon getting our “ends” trimmed only to find out at the end you paid a scissor happy stylist to give you a Rihanna bob! Well how about the newest hair trimming trend, velaterapia (also called candle burning)?

It’s a Brazillian hair treatment in which small sections of your hair is separated, twisted and then put under a flame.  This process causes the damaged parts of the hair to stick out. They are then trimmed and the rest of the hair is given a deep, conditioning treatment. The burning of the hair opens the follicles and allows the nutrients from the conditioning treatment to get in deep. Apparently the lovers of this treatment recommend getting it done every 3-4 months.

Velaterapia takes about two hours and costs anywhere from $150-200.  Yikes! I don’t know about you all but this treatment has me nervous! According to Ricky Gomes, a celebrity stylist at Maria Bonita Salon & Spa, “The benefit is that all the length is preserved and only split ends are removed. You can’t really see how much is burned off since only what sticks out from the hair has been sectioned and twisted.”

But I’m sure you are wondering just as I am about your hair burning off more than desired. Gomes advises only going to a very experienced stylist. Avoid DIY!

Would you try it?  If you are still on the fence, keep these healthy hair tips in mind to prevent split ends: