Why you should stop using regular hair towels

Hello everyone!

Do you want healthy and luscious hair? You probably use the perfect shampoo and conditioner and have a few hair masks and leave-in hair products to help keep your locks hydrated. You think you have the whole hair-washing routine down, but did you know that your towel might be damaging your hair?

Most people have the habit of drying their hair with a terry towel as soon as they step out of the shower. That said, this practice has to stop. As I told you in my previous post, I discovered the Curly Girl Method over a decade ago. Although I do not follow all the "rules", one permanent change I made back then was, ditching the terrycloth towel, and I did not use one on my hair ever since.  

woman drying hair with a towel

Drying wet strands with a bath towel can seriously damage the hair. Rubbing your hair with a towel can lead to excessive hair breakage. Keep in mind that the hair gets more elasticated when wet, making it more prone to breakage. The hair shaft can be roughed up during the drying process when you wring out your hair or squeeze it too hard with a towel. This can also cause hair to become extremely frizzy. 

Reaching out for a thick towel and wrapping your hair up in a turban is not suggested either. The coarse texture and dryness of a cotton or terry cloth towel can also damage the hair. Your best option is to use a microfiber fabric towel or a t-shirt. Its finer threads are gentle on the hair and absorb the right amount of moisture while reducing frizz. Just a gentle press to remove the moisture is enough. Water causes the hair cuticle to swell and open up, leaving the hair prone to frizz and damage.

Microfiber towels are a foolproof way to absorb water faster, be more gentle on your hair, and reduce frizz. A microfiber towel takes the moisture out of your mane way faster than a regular terrycloth towel. The quicker you remove excess water from your hair, the better.

So, from now on, apart from spending your time and money on expensive hair-care products, cuts and treatments, make sure to avoid rubbing your hair with a rough towel. It might be harming your beautiful mane.

In conclusion...

  • Avoid using a traditional terry cloth towel; use a T-shirt or microfiber towel instead.
  • Avoid rubbing your hair; dab it gently from the root to the tip instead.

What towel or turban do you use to dry your hair? Let me know in the comment section below.

Talk to you soon!



I'm a vegan with a passion for sustainability and clean, cruelty-free products. I mainly write lifestyle, wellness and self-care articles. Since I'm a true crime enthusiast, sometimes I also write about true crime and post videos on my two YouTube channels.

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