By now, you’ve probably heard about Velaterapia, a treatment popular in Brazil where your split ends are literally burned off section by section with a candle. While the method has yet to make it stateside, we admit, we were intrigued. By burning the hair, the damaged pieces stick out and get singed off, so those who swear by it can get rid of their split ends without a whole new cut.
Of course, playing with fire certainly comes with a risk, and shouldn’t be a DIY move. “It takes major control, which can be hard,” celebrity hairstylist Anh Co Tran tells us. “I like to see exactly what to cut and what not to cut, so with the burning method, if you don’t stop it on time, you may take off more than you wanted.” Luckily, Tran knows of another way you can get rid of your damaged ends, and keep your length without flicking on flames. “When the hair is blown out straight or naturally straight, you can see all of the dead ends hooking upward. The best way to describe the method is doing a scissor over-comb like a men’s haircut, but on a longer length,” he says. “All you have to do is comb through the hair and cut upwards into the split end, going for the ones that are sticking up.” Naturally, hair grows in an outward direction from the scalp, but as your hair gets longer, the split ends will prompt the rest of the hair follicle to separate if not tended to properly.
Ask your stylist for a dry cut — this will help them get an idea of how your hair moves in its styled state — comb through, and cut upwards into the split ends that are sticking up. “If you cut off just the hooked areas, the hair will grow out and down as it should, but won’t continue to split,” Tran adds. “It’s a great method for people who don’t want to have new layers cut, or just want to grow out their hair.”