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Winter Hair Care Mistakes that Causes Split Ends

Dr. Yogeshwarappa

Dr. Yogeshwarappa

  Koramangala, Bengaluru     Apr 11, 2019

   3 min     


During the winter season, cold outdoor weather combined with dry indoor heat can damage your hair which leads to breakage, split ends, and hair loss. Split ends aren’t just a summertime issue, it can also happen in winter, regardless of the hair type. Therefore, in winter, hair particularly needs extra care and attention, as low temperature and dry air can steal the moisture and shine of your hair.

What Are Split Ends?

Splitting or fraying of hair-shaft due to various reasons such as excessive heat, lack of moisture, and ill-treatment is termed as ‘split ends’. There are three common types of split ends – The basic split, the tiny split, and the knot.

The basic split: This is the most common type of split where cortical cells (tissue between surface and stem) remain intact and the end of the follicle begin to split. In this condition, your strands need more nourishment to heal it.

The tiny split: This is the mini version of basic split and an example of early split development.

The knot: This is very common among women with curly hairs.

What Causes Split Ends?


Shampoos strip away the natural oils from your hair that aid in forming rough and dry strands. Applying shampoo every day can lead to breakage and split ends. Hence, it’s recommended to minimize washing of hair during the winter. Apart from it, you may use a homemade DIY hair mask to retain the moisture and nourish your hair.

Not trimming your hair

In winter, the weather is cold and dry which makes your hair dry and creates split ends. So, it is quite necessary to trim your hair every eight weeks or so. This will help to get rid of those dry ends.

Going outside with wet hair

Going out with damp or wet hair can cause your hair to become stiff which increases the risk of creating split ends. Thus, it’s better to dry your hair before stepping out of the crib. 


Most women adore styling their hair with the help of blow-dryers and flat irons. However, these heat stylers end up damaging your hair over the time. Hence, if you want to use those heat stylers, use a heat protectant to shield your hair from the damaging effects of heat.

Chemical and color treatments

There is a plethora of chemicals involved while coloring or treating your hair that can strip away hair’s natural oil, moisture, leaving it dry and prone to splitting. These chemicals damage hair from outside as well as within it, causing split-end severely.


The towel-drying technique can also cause damage to your locks. The terry-cloth towels can snag on hair and increase the chances of split ends and breakage. Hence, after a shower, use a microfiber cloth to dry your hair.

If you or someone you know is going through something similar, then remember that you are not alone. We are here to help you get rid of these challenges. If you have any queries regarding hair problems and wish to consult a dermatologist then, you can find one near you on Medikoe. Need a quick answer? Shoot your questions on Medikoe and get it answered from the experts within 24 hours.

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