Thursday, June 19, 2014

Happy Endings | Can burning your ends make them healthier?

The internet is all a buzz ever since Brazilian Victoria's Secret model, Barbara Fialho detailed a secret technique to keep her split ends at bay.  The treatment, known in Brazil as velaterapia, is a method where the stylists takes a small section of hair, twists it to expose frayed ends, and run a candle through  it burning off the damaged hair.
As you would imagine, watching the technique in action is a bit terrifying.  I remember the days as a child when I would take a few strands of hair, out of boredom, and hold them up to lit candles whenever the power when out.  I have vivid memories of the distinct smell of burning hair and watching the strands shrivel up into nothing.  Let's just say I wasn't exactly on board with the idea.

Then I got to thinking....Today when we have split ends, our solution is to take  pair of scissors and cut them off.  The flaw in this technique is that the cortex of the hair is exposed leaving it susceptible to future damage.  Perhaps this is why we need to trim so frequently.  If the theory of singeing the hair to cauterize it holds true, then the hair is sealed at the ends preventing further damage from traveling up the hair shaft.

This method seems new but, upon further research, signing the hair has been around for ages.  They even practice the singeing method a barber shops.  Although the naysayers describe the technique as dangerous and ineffective, those who partake in the hair burning ritual have nothing but great things to say about how smooth and healthy the hair is following the treatment and how much easier it is to retain length.   In one testimony shared on a hair forum, a woman stated that she conducted this method on one side of her hair and the search and destroy method on the other.  In her words, she preferred her singed side compared to the other side of her head where she trimmed over split hairs one by one.  I'm still in the researching phase but  as of this moment, I haven't seen any examples of this technique done on textured hair natural or relaxed.  My fears are that relaxed hair would be weaker and react to the  flame differently than natural hair.  Not to mention if someone where to try this with oils on the hair making it even more flammable.

With all of that said, I'm still completely intrigued and would be willing to try it once I've seen others with textured hair do it successfully.  If it's true that the ends will not split once the hair is singed, then it may be worth it.  Maybe I'll try on a teeny tinny section and report back. 

What do you guys think?
  1. I would totally try this if I saw someone with textured hair do it first as well. This seems MUCH easier than S&D!

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  2. This is totally interesting. I would try it once I felt comfortable with the technique. Damaged ends are terribly annoying.

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  3. I'm too scared to even think about it!

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  4. Talk about direct heat... I think this is worth looking into. I would be willing to try it.

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  5. Nope, not jumping on this wagon. I have seen what fire does to hair strands. I've got to see this to believe it, but I'd still go with old-fashioned snipping. Everything I put in my hair is extremely flammable. Interesting post though!

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  6. I actually know her personally and she has No split ends. But I'm textured and I'm really scared to try. Btw she's extremely humble and gives great beauty tips

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  7. Interesting, I think it may have some validity.

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  8. It sounds a bit too dangerous to me. I think I'd pass though definitely curious as to whether it actually works x

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  9. I know some natural and relaxed women in France that have tried this technique. They are really happy with their results. One of them has a blog where she explained the whole process and discussed her results. Unfortunately it's in french... She said her hair was easier to detangle after she cauterised it. Her hair was not dry or crispy, she even described it as being soft. She deep conditioned her hair afterwards and she said it was really soft and she had less tangles and detangling and styling was a breeze. And the results lasted for 6 months before she had to do it again.

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  10. Ann, thanks for your input. Would you mind sharing the blog? I'll see if Google translate it.

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  11. Hey Nadege, here are the links
    The first article is a bit of background on the method
    http://nounouneetsestifs.blogspot.fr/2013/03/cauterisation-des-cheveux.html
    and here she discusses the process and her results
    http://nounouneetsestifs.blogspot.com/2013/05/jai-cauterise-mes-cheveux.html
    The third link is the experience of another relaxed woman. She did a mini video on it. http://thehairlover.blogspot.com/2013/09/soin-au-henne-de-la-semaine-jai-brule.html

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  12. You're a sweetheart Ann! Thank you so much.

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  13. I am still trying to talk myself into cutting my split ends then someone is mentioning burning my hair. No thanks! I would pass for now....Yikes! Scary...


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