Hair burning, otherwise known as Velaterapia, is a Brazilian hair treatment in which fire is utilized through means of a candlestick to burn or singe away split ends from the hair, resulting in healthy hair free of split ends. Most women who deal with having very long hair will undoubtedly experience the unfortunate event of a few split ends, to say the least. Today, Lionesse would like to delve further into Velaterapia, and what exactly takes place during the process. We will also elaborate on whether or not it is a recommended treatment of choice for split ends, as per some of the best hair professionals in the world.
Velaterapia – What is Is
As stated above, Velaterapia is the act of burning away split ends from the hair. Is it safe? Some say yes, while others believe it can cause more damage than good. For the women who despise getting their hair trimmed and adore their length, this is a welcome option to treat their split ends rather than head out to the salon for a chop of any sort. Hair is spiraled into a tight twist, and the portions which stick out of the twist (usually a hair or a few) will then have a lit candle run over the area quickly, singeing away any split hairs from the healthy hair. It is not a practice which is recommended by any means to complete yourself at home, and something of this magnitude should always be left to the professionals for safety concerns. The practice actually began in Brazil in the 1960’s, but didn’t gain popularity anywhere else in the world up until very recently, when the trend made its way to the United States and began being utilized by high-end salons throughout the country.
Supermodel and Victorias Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio believes in this hair treatment and gets it done on a regular basis.
More and more, it seems as though the trend is growing, and many women are trusting their salon professional to complete this treatment on their hair – but it comes with a hefty price tag as it does require quite a great deal of time and care, depending on your hair length and hair type.
One question: Can you even imagine fathoming the smell for an extended period of time? For those who have never smelled burnt hair, it’s quite unpleasant, to say the least.
Is it Safe?
Many stylists agree that this treatment is completely safe when practiced by a true professional, but others would argue that it’s just too risky of a procedure for the client, and can cause color fading and damage healthy hair. One can only guess the ramifications if something were to go terribly wrong…after all, the main component in this treatment is fire.
It’s safe to say this trend may stick around for a while, due to the popularity it’s getting through the media and by use of various celebrities. Fans of said celebrities want to look like their fave celebs, and therefore are opting for the treatment as well. Always be sure to seek out a certified professional with any type of risky hair treatment, and never try it at home yourself.