do I REALLY need a microfiber towel?

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I've been drying my hair with a regular bath towel and it's not causing any major issues. I just wrap it around my head after I get out of the shower and it stays there for no longer than five minutes while I get dressed. After I take it off, I'm done with it for the day. I recently cut my hair to a bob that hits my shoulders in the front, so I don't feel like I have the length to plop my hair.

With all that said, is a microfiber towel really necessary for me? I haven't used one before so I don't know what the difference really is. But if it'll be an upgrade in any way to my current routine, then I'm open to it.
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I was using regular towels to and than only switched to microfiber when I realized my camping towel was made out if it (definitely wasn't going to buy an new one). I've been surprised at how much of a difference it's made and days I don't defuse I plop with it. Sooo all that to say it might surprise you but if what you're doing is working I wouldn't worry about it
That is the one and only cg rule I don't follow. I tried microfiber, t shirts, flour sack towels. In the end I like my terrycloth towel best. I use it gently, never rubbing my hair or scalp. Don't even twist it on top of my head. But I gently scrunch out the excess water, so I can spend less time using the dryer. I find it the most absorbent.

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I recently cut my hair to a bob that hits my shoulders in the front, so I don't feel like I have the length to plop my hair.
Originally Posted by suellen
I also have shortish hair, but I still tried plopping and find it definitely makes a difference in volume and curl. However, my curls fall apart half-way through the day. I wonder if that's because I use too much gel or too much product in general... anyways, just wanted to say that plopping should still "kind of" work, especially if it worked for your longer hair.
I think it depends entirely on your hair. I figured that my terrycloth towel didn't influence my hair at all, but when I switched to a cotton t-shirt last week, I was surprised at the massive reduce of frizz. Perhaps you can try that first before getting a microfibre towel and see whether you like it.
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Makes no difference to me at all. What does make a difference is how you use it. Rubbing and harsh handling will give me frizz, whether it's terrycloth, micro-fiber, or a t shirt.


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My Deva-trained stylist recommended using a "sham-wow" (synthetic chamois) instead of microfiber towel. I got a couple of them at the Dollar Tree store and it does seem to make a difference compared to a wrapping my hair in a regular towel. I get smoother shinier curls. But you have to just blot, not wrap and it takes a long time to dry. I do this when I have a couple of hours. ....put in gel when hair is wet....blot with shamwow, scrunch in more gel and dry by combo of air drying and diffusing.

It takes longer to dry but my hair looks better for more days. Yesterday I was out and about with 4-days ago washed hair and got multiple compliments.
That is the one and only cg rule I don't follow. I tried microfiber, t shirts, flour sack towels. In the end I like my terrycloth towel best. I use it gently, never rubbing my hair or scalp. Don't even twist it on top of my head. But I gently scrunch out the excess water, so I can spend less time using the dryer. I find it the most absorbent.
Originally Posted by wannabe
ditto, only I use a terry turban, scrunch and then plop for about 30 min.
I didn't like any of the other things I tried over the years.
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I don't use towels at all. They all make my hair frizz. I just wear a robe instead. Let it drip !
I use old t-shirts and they have worked a lot better for me than terrycloth towels. I turn the t-shirts inside out so I don't squeeze any plastic logos onto my hair (it blew my mind when I figured this out, I'm such an idiot sometimes!).

I just had my first Deva Cut and my stylist had a pretty good idea. He suggested putting a terrycloth towel inside the t-shirt or pillowcase, so you get the absorbancy of the fabric as you scrunch, but don't get any added frizz. I haven't tried it, but I might in the summer when diffusing makes me sweat like a beast.

I have short hair (above my shoulders) and plopping has mixed results for me. It decreases frizz, but it breaks up my clumps, gives me a flat top, and makes the back of my head really weird. If I just let me hair air dry, though, it gets really weighed down. I've found my best results come from letting my hair air dry about 15 minutes in the morning while I make my bed, my coffee, etc. Every few minutes I pause and scrunch with my t-shirt again, which accelerates drying while counteracting the fact that my hair is drooping. Then I diffuse as normal.
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My Deva-trained stylist recommended using a "sham-wow" (synthetic chamois) instead of microfiber towel. I got a couple of them at the Dollar Tree store and it does seem to make a difference compared to a wrapping my hair in a regular towel. I get smoother shinier curls. But you have to just blot, not wrap and it takes a long time to dry. I do this when I have a couple of hours. ....put in gel when hair is wet....blot with shamwow, scrunch in more gel and dry by combo of air drying and diffusing.

It takes longer to dry but my hair looks better for more days. Yesterday I was out and about with 4-days ago washed hair and got multiple compliments.
Originally Posted by sdkitty
This is a great idea. I am going to try this since I haven't been impressed with the microfiber towels.
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Yes - +1 that is a great idea! I can't believe I still get new ideas for caring for my curls on this forum.
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I second sdkitty's suggestion. The MF towels I use are these super absorbent neon colored ones I used to use to clean the house. Well, I still do. But I have a separate batch to dry my hair. Just checked and they're 80% polyester 20% polyamide. Not cotton at all but they work the same as a t-shirt. Maybe even better because they do absorb a lot.
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I usually use a regular towel also, just make sure not to rub your hair with it. I was using paper towels for a long time, and they work great! I've also used T-shirts and like them too.
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