With just a little bit of effort, you, too, can ruin your beautiful hair. A few easy steps is all it takes to damage those long lovely locks you have been trying so hard to grow. After all, why would you want to make an effort to preserve your hair when you can just treat it so harshly that it has to be cut again? As a hair stylist, I see lots of damaged hair and make good money repairing and cutting it. So if you would like to damage your hair, just follow these simple steps.
Wash your hair every single day and don’t condition it. This is a great start to a day of excellent hair damage. Shampoo your hair very frequently so that it strips all the natural, hair protecting oils out of your hair. And by all means, do not condition it! Conditioning your hair helps put some of the lost moisture back in your hair. It also seals the hair cuticle to lock in moisture, nutrients, hair color, and leaving it looking healthy and shiny. Instead, just skip the conditioner to save time and money.
Brush your hair while it’s still wet. Hair is more delicate while it is wet, as water makes hair more stretchable and therefore prone to breakage. The more damaged the hair, the more delicate it is while it’s wet Brushing hair with a yanking motion, rather than gently coming out tangles with a large-tooth comb, will get you plenty of damage and split ends. You should see lots of hair strands coming out of your hair and ending up on your hairbrush.
Blow dry your hair on high heat. Next, blow dry hair excessively with high heat, blowing in all directions except for straight down the hair shaft. This will help to rough up the cuticle and allow much needed moisture to escape.
Flat iron your hair daily. And don’t ever use a flat iron or heat protection spray. If you really want to damage your hair, flat iron with the highest setting possible, using no heat protection spray and definitely make sure the hair is still wet, or at the very least, damp. Take long, slow strokes down damp hair with the flat iron to achieve the highest level of hair damage. This is probably the fastest way to damage healthy hair. You know have reached maximum damage when hair smokes and smells a bit fried.
Wear your hair in a really tight ponytail, every day. After you have flat ironed your hair, pull it up in a really, really tight ponytail. Make sure to leave it in until you wash your hair again the next day. This will cause extra breakage to happen right around the ponytail holder, leaving jagged pieces to fall around the face as well as static-y fly-aways.
Use box hair color – and pull it through from roots to ends. This will deposit unknown chemicals on your hair, causing layers of hair color to buildup in the ends of hair, giving it that lovely straw-like feeling. This will also make the ends of your hair turn nearly black. You will then need to go to the salon for a series of shampoo caps which will further add to your damaged hair.
Highlight and perm your hair… on the same day! Hair that has been bleached is easily damaged by perm solution, so it you want ruined hair, go ahead, and highlight and perm on the same day. Just tell your stylist that you need to sign a consent form and reassure him or her that breakage is your desired result. Otherwise, they will most likely turn you away.
If you have completed all these steps, your hair should be breaking off quickly. Proceed to your stylist for a series of extreme hair cuts and conditioning treatments to get your hair back into tip-top shape. If you would prefer NOT to have damaged hair, than please do NOT follow any advice found in this article.
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