Blonde woman with her damaged dry hair.

To say it simply, I have put my hair through a lot. I used to experiment with cuts, colors, and styles constantly. Now I don’t do much more than a simple retouch every few weeks, a trim once a year, and very light styling from day to day, but when I look back on my hair history there are a few things I wish I never did. Click the notes to see them; they may stop you in your tracks before making a big mistake. –– Kelly Rowe

 

Bleaching at home. 

This is by far the worst thing you can do at home and I used to do it all the time. Coloring at home is normally a bad idea; bleaching at home is the number one thing you shouldn’t do. Bleaching is rough on your strands and if you are coloring at home it’s too difficult to not overlap past lightened strands. My overlapping led to massive breakage and an unintended bob length ‘do that I had me constantly wearing extensions to cover up my lack of length.

 

Cutting my hair really short when I was young.

This scarred me for life. Ok, that may be a little dramatic, but to this day I have trouble even thinking about any cut that will place my hair above my shoulders. I never suggest a major cut change to people who are young — think teenage and college years. When you are young your image is important, time moves slower, and you care a lot more about what people think of you. A major cut change, especially going short, can be traumatizing. If you aren’t happy with the initial cut, it will feel like the growing back phase is agonizingly slow. Keep these kinds of changes for when you are a bit older, when time flies by.

 

Coloring my hair with Kool-Aid 

Kool-Aid is no joke when it comes to coloring hair. I’ve colored my hair twice with Kool-Aid and the second time was just because I forgot how horrible the first time was. Kool-Aid is a major stain to the hair so it can’t be removed like normal hair color. What you are left with is some odd shade of green or pink that is nearly impossible to get out and never looks cute.

 

By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributor to Style Noted.

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