My go-to on my wash days when drying my hair is is to work with a soft, cotton, t-shirt, and then prep for hair for a twist out or wash and go, and then let it dry overnight. I remember when I first natural in 2013, all of the blogs at the time mentioned that drying hair with a t-shirt was the way to go, so I rocked with it faithfully until my Naturally Curly girls challenged me to try out a microfiber towel instead. :) Slightly skeptical to give up my old fave, I admit I was curious to see how the towel would perform in my hair, as opposed to the shirt. Microfiber towels are known for absorbing a ton of excess water from freshly washed hair, being gentle on curls, eliminating frizz, and enhancing natural curl definition, so it sounded like a winner to me. Check out my results below!
I typically use a t-shirt when drying my hair after a wash day, so I grabbed one of my faves and put it to the test against the microfiber towel. When drying my hair, I use the plop method and let the shirt absorb any water for about 10 minutes. I did find that when using the shirt, it didn't absorb a huge amount of water, so I did have to squeeze the excess out of my hair before I felt comfortable putting product into it for my style. Once I did that, I was good to go. The results I achieved were pretty normal for me, big hair, with slight frizz, and minimal curl definition.
On my second attempt at a Wash & Go, I dried my hair with the DevaCurl DevaTowel Anti-Frizz Microfiber Towel, meant to decrease frizz and enhance curl shape, without increasing breakage or damaging my hair. This was my first attempt at using a microfiber towel to dry my hair, and the difference in materials definitely showed. My hair had noticeably less frizz, and a lot more water was absorbed into the towel, as opposed to when I used the t-shirt. I used the plop method again when drying my hair this time, and let the towel soak up water for about 10 minutes. From there, I went in and applied my styling products and I was good to go.
So what do you think? On both of these occasions, I rocked a wash & go for my style and used the same products for each one, that way I knew I would get similar results. The day I used the t-shirt to dry my hair, I did have to use a bit more styling gel to really bring in more curl definition, but when I used the towel I didn't have to do this. I will say though, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use the towel, and since I have purchased 3 of them (you can never have too many). lol, I think I have new fave when it comes to drying my hair and prepping for styling.
What do you use to dry your hair?
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