Velaterapia – The Candle Burning Split Ends

Split ends ! If you are a long hair wearer you know what a split end is.

The most obvious thing to do is cut them off, also to trim the hair every 6 to 8 weeks even if growing your hair to keep the ends healthy.

There is another method I used to practice years ago on my clients and on my own hair. It’s named Velaterapia or candle hair cutting. I had simply forgotten about this method until I fell on an article recently on called hair singeing. Don’t attempt to try and do this yourself. Certain products for hair are flammable, therefore problems may occur if you have one of these on your hair at the time of singeing. There are technicians or salons with older stylists that will know how to do this technique. It was extremely popular in the 70’s and is especially known in Brazil.

1/ The hair should be dry. Take sections about 2 inch square and twist them around and around. You will notice all the split ends just pop out the  section.

2/ Run the burning candle quickly over the mid-length and ends of the section in a direction of the ends. All the split ends will sizzle away and your length is left untouched. Never place candle near the scalp and roots of hair as it’s not necessary as split ends are toward the bottom of hair length.

3/ The hair will smell quite horrid but that easily washes away.

4/ Once the entire head is done, brush hair through one section at a time. You will see all the split ends falling on the floor.

5/  Next comes an indulging shampoo and conditioning treatment.

6/  Dry as usual.

Your hair should now be split end free !

Take a look at this  video. It explains well the procedure, showing you the process and the result.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me on this page.

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  • Comments (4)
    1. Dario Chicco Dec 03, 2014 - 02:29 AM

      The style I used in the 60s was to with a comb get to the ends of the hair as in freestyle cutting and with a very slim candel singe the ends of the hair and then sandpaper the ends. We were told this would stop the hair from bleeding after it was cut with scissors ????

    2. Guy Jun 07, 2015 - 12:21 AM

      Where can a person get a velaterapia hair treatment in the Los Angeles area?
      I have searched the internet with no real results. Thank You !

    3. Estefania rodriguez Jul 10, 2015 - 07:37 PM

      Where can I get this done in Los Angeles or anywhere in California????

      • wendy Jul 13, 2015 - 03:50 PM

        Thank you for your request on Velaterapia . I know of no address in LA ( and have searched) but do know of a Salon in NY Maria Bonita Salon , 12 Prince Street, Soho ,NY Tel 212 431 1520. It’s a very old method, you may find it in older salon of coiffure rather than the tendence more hip salons .
        If you find a salon, please let me know as I have a few requests about LA.
        Thank you in advance

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