Winter hair care mistakes that can cause split ends.

Winter’s a time when your skin and hair take quite a beating. In winter, hair care needs to be given a little extra attention, as dry air, and low temperatures, can steal the moisture and shine from your locks. Your hair starts getting brittle, looks limp, and has numerous split ends, and so, you try getting rid of these problems, but don’t seem to be able to. Well, that’s probably because you’re making a couple of errors while you’re trying to look after your hair.

So, what are these errors? Read on to know more about these hair faux pas most of us make in the winter, and end up with those unwanted split ends hair.

Before we get started:
Before getting into the mistakes we make, it’s important to understand some basics about split ends. Let us take you through important facts you must know about before reading further.

What causes split ends?
Split ends are the tips of your hair which have split due to various reasons like lack of moisture, excessive heat and ill treatment. Not all split ends are identical each one tells its own story. While there are a couple of different kinds of split ends. The 3 most common ones are:

The basic split: This is most commonly seen among women, Condition and treat your hair to heal it and bring your tresses back to life.

The tiny split: Again a usual, this split is a mini version of the basic split. This is a warning to start taking care of your otherwise dry hair they are in need of some serious repair.

The knot: This is very common among women with curly hair. It causes the hair to break right from the knot while brushing. Be extra careful the next time you’re combing your hair.

1. Using the wrong shampoo

In winter, you do have to wash your hair at some point or the other, right? But when you do, you should use the right shampoo. You don’t want to be using the shampoos you usually do in the summer, as in winter, due to dry air, your hair will dry out and you’ll be left with split ends.  We recommend a shampoo that will provide Moisture and, if needed, extra protein for strength! We offer Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner or UNITE Luxury Shampoo and Conditioner. Following up with a Moisture Masque is always a great idea as well!
We also recommend nourishing your ends with a light application of Moroccan Oil or Brazilian Blowout Dry Oil to keep them smooth, shiny and moisturized.

2. Washing your hair too often

There’s no fixed number of times you should be washing your hair, but the more you wash it, the more brittle your hair can get. Washing your hair too often can delete the strands of natural oils, which can make it dry and may lead to split ends. So it’s best to keep hair washes to a minimum. However we do understand that hygiene and sanitation is super important.
Using a Dry Shampoo, like the one by Moroccan Oil, can be a game changer!

3. Not conditioning your ends well

While you may want to give the conditioner a miss, you better not do that. Take a coin size amount of product on your palm and apply it to the ends of your hair. If you feel your conditioner is making your hair too heavy, talk to your stylist about a lighter option, like the UNITE leave in spray conditioner.

4. Not trimming your hair

When it’s cold and dry outside, your trips to the salon need to become a little more frequent. By trimming your hair every 8 weeks or so, you’ll have hair that’s bouncy and looks healthy—not limp and full of split ends. If you don’t want to lose the length of your beautiful locks, simply clean up the bottom 1/4-1/2" on a regular basis. This will not only get rid of those dry ends that resemble a broom, but will also keep the length intact.
Hair grows approximately 1" per every 8 weeks. Losing 1/4-1/2" that often will still allow you to gain length without sacrificing it all eventually to a split end PURGE CHOP!

5. Going outside with wet hair

Because of the cold, and dry air, going outside with hair that’s wet, or even slightly damp, can cause it to become stiff, which will increase the risk of having split ends leave aside the dirt and dust it will catch! The best way to avoid this is to not washing your hair right before you’re to go out. Hair is most fragile when it is wet.

6. Exposure to extreme temperatures

We’ve all been guilty about using a burning hot hairdryer to dry our hair right after we’ve washed it in the winter because we can’t stand the cold. But we don’t seem to gauge how much damage we’re doing to our locks. Obviously letting your hair dry naturally is the BEST way to protect it, but this timely method is not always feasible. Just watch the temperature and how CLOSE you are holding the dryer to the hair.
Hot tools, like curing irons and flat irons should NEVER be set higher than 350. Hair actually melts at 415 degrees!!

7. Not brushing your hair

Brushing plays a very important role in regard to split ends. Make sure to choose the right brush, a wide paddle brush with flexible bristles works perfectly to de-tangle and brush and your hair daily. Plastic and wide toothed combs will cause breakage and split ends if used on a regular basis. Use your brush correctly – Instead of running it right through your hair from roots to ends that will instantly cause breakage and damage. Start by combing out your ends and then slowly move to the mid-section and give the final few brush strokes from the roots.

Mickey's Tips
This uneven perimeter is a sure sine of broken hair and split ends!