Towel drying your hair can lead to frizz, tangles, and breakage, but it’s necessary to get some of the excess water out before blow drying or air drying. Here is a method to correctly towel dry your precious red hair while reducing damage:
1. Squeeze out in the shower
The point of towel drying is to remove that excess water. Give yourself a head start by squeezing as much out as you can with your hands while still in the shower. Gather your hair in a low ponytail and squeeze from the nape of the neck to the ends of the hair letting the water run into the tub. Be sure to be gentle on your hair to avoid breakage.
2. Use a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt
Now that your hair isn’t dripping anymore, it’s time to grab the towel. Skip your regular bath towel and opt instead for a microfiber towel or even a cotton t-shirt. These materials will be more gentle on your locks and will reduce frizz.
3. Squeeze, don’t rub
While you might be tempted to rub your head to get things dry, that is a one-way ticket to frizz and damage. Instead, squeeze your hair and let the excess water be absorbed by the cloth. Start at the roots and work your way down until your hair is free of excess water.
4. Avoid the towel twist
A common mistake people make while towel drying is doing the classic towel twist where you twist your hair up flip the towel over the back. This can cause strain on the hair and using a regular terrycloth towel can cause frizz. Instead, opt for a lightweight microfiber hair turban. Secure your hair in the turban towel and let it soak up the water until you’re ready to style it.