Candle cutting, or Velaterapia as it is also known, is the use of an open flame to sear split ends, revitalising your hair and leaving it healthier. The technique is popular with models such as Isabeli Fontana who have long hair, as it allows you to maintain your hair's length while keeping it healthy at the same time.
Alessandra Ambrosio is a big fan of candle cutting her hair
It could be that Alessandra is working on getting her locks in top condition as she prepares to walk the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London in December. The show will be extra special for the Brazilian beauty, who has been chosen to wear one of this year's dazzling Fantasy Bras, alongside fellow angel Adriana Lima.
"Words can't describe how excited I was when I received a call from Victoria's Secret to let me know that I would be wearing it," Alessandra told PEOPLE, having worn the Fantasy Bra before in 2012. The striking model has also been sharing photos on Instagram as she trains ahead of the runway extravaganza.
Left: Candle cutting at the Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa. Right: The end result.
Candle cutting is a traditional hair cutting technique in South America, but it seems set to take the UK by storm with the news that the daring styling has been Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa have introduced the Candle Clinic for Winter 2014. At the special clinic, candle cutting expert Nano Lopes, who has undergone specialist training, will be offering the service, currently the only salon in London to offer candle cutting.
DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME – this is an in-salon service only, please seek professional advice before you try candle cutting.