Hot Scissors: The Solution to Split Ends?

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In the age of blow-drying, brushing, coloring, and hot tools, scruffy split ends seem inevitable. But I recently heard about some magical-sounding new shears calledJaguar TC ThermoCut System or “hot scissors” that claim to seal split ends with heated blades. But do they really prevent split ends more than old-school scissors? I asked stylist and hot-scissors aficionado Arsen Gurgov of Louis Licari salon in New York City if this new tool really makes the cut, and here’s what I discovered.

They are, in fact, less damaging. Unlike traditional scissors that open the cuticle and leave the hair susceptible to environmental stress that can cause frizz and dryness, the heat from the hot scissors seals the end of the hair to trap in moisture and protect the hair from damage. This keeps the cut looking fresh for weeks, but won’t cure split ends for good—you still have to be consistent with regular haircuts.

You won’t feel the burn. Although they reach up to 310 degrees, thankfully, a haircut with hot scissors won’t make you feel like your head is on fire. Stylists will also adjust the temperature depending on your hair type (about 270 degrees for fine hair and 310 for coarse) for the best results. “The differences the client will feel is in the end result,” he explains. Gurgov says hot scissors work best on fine, frizzy hair because they smooth ragged ends, making hair look and feel more voluminous. They’re also a good option for people not willing to sacrifice their length to repair damage.

You’ll pay more. A haircut with these souped-up scissors will cost more than a basic cut. At Louis Licari, it adds $125 to the cost of a haircut with traditional scissors.

Tell us: Would you get a cut with hot scissors?
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