Not something you ever want to hear in a salon. And takes me back to early college days...
However, Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa in Sloane Square, London have just launched a new service and it's certainly a different approach to get rid of those split ends.
The service, an ancient Brazilian technique called Velaterapia, or candle cutting involves using a candle flame (yes, that's right, a flame, near your hair) to cauterize aged, split ends and leave hair looking as good as a supermodels (of course this isn't guaranteed but Isabeli Fontana and Alessandra Ambrosio champion the technique so it can't be bad!)
Now there are SO many products and promises from the hair industry to cure split ends from sealing them, to eliminating them completely. Split ends are the result of damage to the hair's cuticle and cortex (hair shaft is made up of the cuticle, cortex and medulla) and whilst you can mask split ends you won't mend them. Unlike most recommendations to get rid of damaged ends - which is to cut hair shorter, you can to keep the length and lose the split ends with candle cutting. Something that will no doubt appeal to those who may not have treated their long locks too kindly over the summer months.
If candle cutting sounds like your kind of treatment, you can book in with Nando Lopez, who has undergone specialist training, by calling the salon on 0207 7301222. Candle cutting costs £195, and includes a cleanse, condition, trim and blow dry. I'm intrigued with this service and think a lot can be learnt from ancient techniques and ingredients.
What do you think about taking a flame to your hair?