I actively avoid looking closely at my locks because my ends are just horrid. As a beauty editor I feel an element of shame about this, how can I write about getting your hair in ‘perfect’ condition, or that ‘bi-monthly trims are a must’, when I cut my hair every four months and can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve administered an at-home treatment in the last year.
The state of my split ends is not entirely my fault though. I have been going to the award winning salon Inanch (it’s not founder Inanch’s fault either fyi) for the past four years, where Inanch expertly applies bonded extensions into my hair (previously for length and now for colour – I relax my hair so colouring it too would most likely fry it). If you’ve ever had extensions you’ll know that a fresh cut doesn’t actually look good when extensions are applied, as your natural hair has to blend in with your ‘new’ hair. This means breaking the ‘good hair laws’, and leaving whispy ends in place. Its a bone of contention for me, of course I don’t want it to be obvious that I have extensions but equally I hate having damaged hair and I know that split ends that are left uncut only make their way further up the hair shaft, meaning, eventually so much more has to be lobbed off.
Could there be a solution to this? Apparently so! Cue, thermal cutting. Scissors leave the cuticle open post snip which makes strands vulnerable to environmental damage, (pollution, heat, light etc) causing visible damage such as frizziness and dryness. Thermal cutting on the other hand, warms the keratin in your hair to seal the ends, locking in moisture to help prevent future damage and most excitingly for me split ends. If you’re currently envisioning the barbers video that recently went viral – the one where men literally get their hair set alight while a razor is used to cut at their hair – it’s not that. This is done using heated scissors, and although they can reach up to 170 degrees (the temperature can be adjusted to suit your hair type) you won’t feel a thing.
In the hot seat
Hoping I’ve discovered the holy grail of good hair days, off I trotted to Urban Retreat, Harrods, for a Thermal cut & Blow-dry, £300, to test these wonder scissors for myself. Stylist Josh Rees Hole, revealed that this ‘works for all hair types. Fine hair will be left more voluminous, dull hair will gain shine, the occurrence of split ends will reduce dramatically, and it’s ideal for people who are desperate to keep their length.’ He cuts in two ways, the traditional snipping of the ends and then he goes through the hair in sections cutting any bits that stick out from top to bottom – this is to get at those pesky split ends that have crept further up the hair shaft.
Was I convinced post cut, yes and no. If you have terrible ends like I do, there really is no avoiding the chop. As much as you may want to keep the length you have, something has to give. It’s not a miracle treatment, I still have split ends post the appointment (that age old extension blending issue) but on my ‘healthier’ extensions (made of real hair) I have noticed a month in that I have no split ends whatsoever and overall my hair is a lot shinier too. I can’t wait to get my extensions out and go again for a proper chop, I’m convinced this is the way forward when it comes to cutting.