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The amount of hell we put our hair through can feel like a mindless game we can't stop playing, but have you ever taken a second — between the blowouts, hot tools, and layers of product — to think about just how much damage you're actually doing?
Probably not, because unless your hair is literally falling out (which isn't all that uncommon for people with breakage, actually), you might have no idea. That includes us, too, so we shipped off a single strand from three editors, each with different hair types and styling preferences, to Dyson's Malmesbury Technology lab in the UK to assess the situation.
What came back was a creepy, zoomed-in, and surprisingly helpful look at exactly what can happen when you put your hair through the ringer. Keep reading to see the damning photos for yourself and find out what you can do to keep yours healthy. Because damage control isn't just for celebrity publicists, you know.