When did you learn towel-drying? You probably don’t even remember it!
It’s as old as realizing that you have to comb your hair to look presentable.
What does it mean to have towel-dried hair?
It might be time to refresh your idea of towel-drying — for a good reason.
Find out why this enhanced old ritual may prove better for your hair.
Doesn’t it feel weird to realize that we differ in what we mean even with towel-drying?
It is such a simple task that you learned from an early age and probably never questioned about, even with all the advances in haircare.
But here you are, probably confused why the towel-drying ritual of your friend takes longer than wrapping your hair in the turban fashion.
Technically speaking, towel-drying means taking a towel and letting the excess moisture from your wet hair soak into the absorbent material.
Afterward, your hair should look damp — not dripping wet nor completely dried up. And yes, there is a right way to do it and a suitable material for it too!
This is the big question.
While everyone may agree on what towel-dried hair looks like, not all will agree on the exact steps to get from the shower to that level of damp hair.
Does your ritual involve rubbing or squeezing? Or maybe it only consists of wrapping your hair with a big, fluffy towel. And what towel?
Don’t sigh in exasperation over there!
You see, these are important questions because they can prevent you from unconsciously damaging your hair.
Before we get into the procedure, it’s wise that you should know first what the fuss is all about.
According to Leon Van-Gorken of Unilever Research and Development, your hair becomes extra vulnerable to what comes in contact with it when it is wet.
When the hair is wet, the cuticles slightly lift, and friction against it weakens it to a certain degree. Eventually, this causes fraying, and even hair fall.
Now that you can appreciate why care should be taken into your towel-drying routine, here is the right way to towel-dry your hair.
If you have long hair or find yourself in a hurry, you can also try this on-the-go method of wrapping your hair.
An excellent option for those with wavy and curly hair is hair plopping. It might be the best way of drying your curls without frizz but with increased definition!
Without further ado, here’s your guide to curly-approved towel-dried hair.
That’s all set and done!
And to ensure you will get it perfect, the best towel to use for drying is a microfiber towel.
They have finer and softer fibers, so they won’t be rough on your hair. Plus, they are more absorbent, so less contact time with your hair!
If you don’t have a microfiber towel yet, you can use a soft cotton t-shirt for now. That’s certainly better than the rough terrycloth of your bath towel!
There’s undoubtedly some comfort in knowing that you only have to finesse your technique in your old hair rituals to have better hair rather than continuously adding products or buying all sorts of tools available.
Towel drying may be simple, but it offers advantages over heat styling and even air drying!
One of the worst enemies of your hair is heat.
And while blow-drying isn’t technically the villain of the story, this study observes damage in the hair surface due to heat from hair drying.
While that may appear superficial, according to Ro Johnson, Ph.D., principal scientist in beauty care at Procter and Gamble, this type of damage on the surface could expose the biomolecules comprising your hair strands, leading to breakage.
Towel-drying saves your hair from this eventual breakage. It offers an alternative to constantly blasting your hair to dry it quicker.
Did you know that air-drying can be potentially damaging to your hair? Yes, it is true!
Your hair absorbs 30% of its own weight in water.
It’s glutinous; that’s what it means.
After washing, when your hair is dripping wet, it continually gobbles up water until it swells up and cracks the cell membrane complex holding your cuticles together. This could lead to permanent damage.
That’s why towel-drying with microfiber is essential.
The excellent absorbent quality takes off the excess water fast enough for you to not damage your hair and still be early for your appointment!
Safety precautions like heat protectants are a necessity when you constantly blow-dry.
But as much as you need it, you also have to recognize that applying products every day to your hair will cause build-up.
Scalp health is essential for healthy hair growth. Thus, you should try to side-step loading your hair with products as much as possible.
Towel-drying makes it easier to prevent scalp build-up, primarily if you use styling tools and various products.
It may not entirely prevent it, but it will be a break your hair will need, even occasionally.
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It depends on your hair.
Wrapping your hair, turban style, will make it a faster process, especially for those with thick and long hair.
Generally, towel-drying your hair takes 20-30 minutes. The breeze will take care of it after.
Yes, that is the “towel-dried,” meaning that is correct.
Although if you want to be accurate about it, it should already be slightly damp when you finish towel-drying your hair.
By definition, you can't have completely dry hair when you towel dry.
Towel-drying only involves putting a towel over your hair and waiting for about 20 minutes. It excludes the air-drying afterward. Thus, the state of your hair when you towel dry is damp.
You might think that the longer you wrap your towel around your hair, the drier it gets.
Your towel will absorb a lot of moisture from your hair, and that won’t evaporate quickly due to the small surface area. This will keep your towel damp and your hair as well.