Why You Shouldn’t Towel Dry Your Hair
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Why You Shouldn’t Towel Dry Your Hair & What To Do Instead!

How You Can Damage Your Hair With Towels

Every time that I’ve dried my hair after washing it, I’ve used a towel. After a nice long and hot wash day, I would wrap my hair in a towel while I did a bunch of other things before blow drying my hair out.

Until recently, I never knew how damaging regular towels could be to hair. Using a regular towel to dry hair is one of the worst things you can do to your hair. There are a lot of different aspects that make a towel dangerous for the health of your hair.

When I found out that towels were terrible for my hair, I was devastated. What was I going to use to dry my hair? My hair has a habit of retaining water after washing, so I was stumped on how to dry my hair without using a towel.

Luckily, there are plenty of other ways to dry your hair. This has become such a big deal that they’ve created towels specifically for drying hair. Companies have created products that work to dry hair without damage.

Let’s talk about it!

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Why Is Towel Drying Bad?

To some of us, hair is essential when it comes to everyday life. To keep hair shiny and healthy, we need to be diligent about how we take care of hair. One of the biggest mistakes we can make is dry hair with a towel. Vigorously using cloth on your wet hair can lead to extreme breakage and hair loss.

The reason for this is that wet hair is much more prone to falling out than dried hair. Also, hair becomes frizzy as the towel you use messes up your hair cuticles. If you’re like me, you love putting a towel on your head while you walk around or do other things.

Surprisingly, this is one of the worst ways to use a towel because the weight of the towel pulls down on hair causing vulnerable strands to break. Most towels are made of cotton or Terry cloth. These textures are coarse and dry which ends up damaging the hair.

It’s so important to know these different facts about towel drying, especially if you’re someone that has natural hair. Natural hair is much more prone to being damaged since it’s worn out often. Be mindful of using a cotton towel when you dry your hair.

The next time you want to use a cotton towel, think about how horrible it can be for your hair.

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Can I Towel Dry Without Causing Damage?

The short answer is yes. However, you’ll need to have a method down before using a towel to dry your hair. The central part of towel drying that is damaging is the excessive rubbing of cotton on the hair.

Cotton pulls on hair, especially when it becomes entangled. If you don’t have any other option but to dry your hair with a towel, try patting your hair dry rather than using the wrap method.

Pat each section down until it’s dry. This method takes much longer, but it’s worth it.

What Are The Best Ways To Dry Hair?

As mentioned before, wet hair can become damaged quickly. Drying is the process that can make or break the health of your hair. Adding extreme heat to dry your hair can be just as damaging as towel drying.

So, how do you dry your hair? There are plenty of other tools available so that you can dry your hair. Make sure you read each method so that you can save your hair from potential damage.

Don’t be afraid to let go the regular ways to dry hair. You may find that there are other efficient ways to dry your hair without damaging it.

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Air-Drying Your Hair

Air drying hair has been said to be the best option when it comes to drying hair. This method is easy, simple, and self-explanatory. However, air drying your hair is only active as you allow it to be. Most people make a few mistakes when it comes to air drying hair.

When you air dry your hair, you don’t want to make the mistake of not using a product to soften your curls. The purpose of the product is to soften your hair and protect it from frizz.

When you’re air drying your hair, you don’t want to play with your hair while you wait for it to dry.

The drying process is essential to the health of your hair, and you want it to go as smoothly as possible.

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BlowDry With Cold Air

As most of us know, blowdrying hair can be damaging to hair. However, there are ways to dry your hair with a blowdryer without actually damaging your hair.

When you use a blow dryer, use it on the coldest setting and don’t use a brush or comb while drying it out. Only use hair tools when you’re trying to straighten hair.

If you’re not trying to straighten your hair, use a product, and dry on the coldest setting. Your hair should be soft and dry after about 30 minutes of drying.

Plopping With A Shirt

Plopping is a method that involves a T-shirt. T-shirts are usually made of fabric that won’t pull at hair. To do this method, get an as soft t-shirt, one that you don’t wear often.

When you use the t-shirt, wrap it around your hair how you see fit. Make sure it’s not too tight around your hair. You’ll wrap it around your hair and wait about 40 minutes for it to dry.

This method is beneficial to your hair because it doesn’t pull or weigh down.

Drying with a t-shirt is better than drying with a towel and will benefit you in the long run.

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Remember This

Drying your hair is essential to the health of your hair. Using a cotton towel to dry your hair is one of the worst ways to dry your hair. The cotton will pull at your wet strands and weight hour hair down.

It’s better to use a different method to dry your hair. Try one of the methods above and let us know how it works for you.

The health of your hair is most important to us.

About Simi Muhumuza

Simi is an undergraduate student at GSU. She is studying psychology, and is an avid black mental health advocate. She is also a poet, and is working on a book that will be released next year. She DJ’s on her spare time, and can be reached on all social outlets as @simimoonlight.

One thought on “Why You Shouldn’t Towel Dry Your Hair & What To Do Instead!

  1. Erika Davies says:

    I had no clue that towel drying your hair could damage it. I think I read about the shirt drying method before, but I’ve never tried it. I use a microfiber towel to blot my hair, but I never wrap my hair in the towel. Now that I’ve read this article I will most likely change the way that I dry my hair, as well as the way I dry my daughter’s hair also. Very informative PLE from the various article read I can tell that your blog writers have true knowledge of hair. I’m glad that they share their techniques, products, and ideas with us so that we too can grow strong and healthy hair.

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