One of the first things I ever heard when I first returned my hair to its natural state is that I should avoid using terry towels to dry my hair. At first I didn’t understand this at all because I thought “What’s the big deal? It’s only a towel and I need to dry my hair somehow right?” Well, that’s completely wrong!
If you’re also unsure as to why to ditch the terry towel, here’s why. The key to drying curls to maintain as much of its natural curl pattern as possible is to only absorb the excess amount of water, and not the moisture that it needs to remain frizz-free. Should you use a traditional terry towel, it will do just that - rob your curls of all the moisture it needs. Because a terry towel’s fabric has large loops on the surface, when wrapped around a head of curly hair, it will absorb way too much moisture. It will ruffle the hair’s cuticle, mess up the curl pattern and generally cause a frizzy mess! As curly girls, that’s the last thing we want.
Recently I started using the Bouclème Curl Towel, which is now the only way I dry my hair. It’s super soft with a smooth surface, i.e. it doesn’t have the large loops that draw out much-needed moisture. It fits really comfortably on my head with just enough stretch that ensures all my hair is contained in it.
So after I’ve applied my styling products, I wrap my hair in the towel, speeding up the drying process and maintaining well defined curls.