There's a lot of bad information on the web about hair care products, and towels are no exception. Advertisers know that people will do anything for thick and bouncy hair, so they'll stretch the truth to sell their products.
Whether you have straight hair, curly hair, long hair, or short hair, there are common misconceptions about every hair type, along with various products.
We're here to talk about a few myths and facts about hair towels that might surprise you, so you can make your next hair towel purchase with confidence. Read on to learn more.
Myth: They Will Fix Damaged Hair
There's a lot of conflicting information online about hair towels and hair damage. Will hair towels fix damaged hair?
The answer is no, but it's not quite that simple. It's true that some towels are good for your hair and can prevent future damage, but that doesn't mean that the towel itself will fix the damage.
Once your hair becomes visible, it's no longer alive. This is why it doesn't hurt when you cut your hair. "Fixing" damage usually means making the hair look better, smoother, and healthier, but that doesn't mean that the damage goes away.
You can heal some damage with hair treatments like Olaplex, but even those won't repair serious hair breakage, frizz, or split ends.
When you use microfiber hair towels, you'll reduce the risk of frizz and split ends, but you won't repair the damage that's already there. You may, however, end up with better-looking hair than if you were drying it with a conventional towel or a heat tool.
Myth: They Will Make Your Hair Grow Faster
Many people all over the web will tell you myths about how to make your hair grow faster. They might be shilling some magic oils, mystery concoctions, or questionable hair pills. They may even tell you that specific hair towels can make your hair grow faster.
Is this true?
Again, not really. Your hair growth is mostly dependent on your genetics, your hormones, and your nutrition. Hair growth isn't one of the body's top priorities, so if you aren't eating right, the body won't devote energy to it.
A good hair towel might be able to make your hair look as if it's growing faster, however.
When you use a standard hair towel or a hot blowdryer, you can cause split ends, frizz, and breakage. These things will all make your hair look shorter over time. When you use microfiber hair towels, you avoid that problem.
Because the towels are gentle, they don't cause the same amount of breakage as standard towels or heat tools. This makes your hair look like it's growing faster.
Myth: All Hair Towels Are Alike
We've talked a bit about microfiber towels already. Why is there a difference between microfiber towels and conventional bath towels? Aren't all towels alike?
In reality, no. While most people use standard bath towels for their hair, there's actually a better option. There's nothing wrong with using bath towels to dry your body, but they're often too abrasive for your hair.
Microfiber bath towels are soft, absorbent, and lightweight. You can wrap your hair right after your shower, and it will dry far faster (and with less damage) than it would with a conventional bath towel.
Conventional towels often leave fuzz and lint on wet hair, and they're too bulky to wear comfortably around the house. While you can dry hair with a body towel, it isn't the most efficient option.
Fact: Microfiber Hair Towels Will Work Faster
Yes, it's true. Microfiber hair towels work far faster than standard towels. While you'll still have to plan ahead of you want to avoid heated drying tools, you won't be waiting for hours with a sopping wet oversized towel weighing down your head.
Microfiber towels are able to absorb water quickly, even from thick hair. They won't feel weighed down with water after absorbing it (though they will still be damp). This makes it far easier for you to go about your daily post-shower tasks without straining your neck or constantly re-adjusting your hair.
Fact: Microfiber Hair Towels Are Better for Curly Hair
If you have bouncy curls or otherwise textured hair, you know that taking care of it can be a struggle. Even using the best all-natural products, doing protein rinses, and stimulating your scalp isn't always enough to keep your curls in good condition.
Rough towels and heated drying tools can exacerbate your curly hair problems. Because they cause frizz, dryness, and breakage, you'll find that your curls just aren't as perky as they used to be.
Microfiber towels can keep your curls looking tight and bouncy. Scrunch your hair with gel or leave-in conditioner after a shower, and plop it in the Turbie Twist to dry. When you undo the twist, your curls will still look great.
Fact: You Can Sleep in a Hair Towel
Is it true that you can sleep in a microfiber hair towel? Isn't that bad for your hair?
There's nothing at all wrong with sleeping in a hair towel that's absorbent enough for your hair type. It may even be better than resting your wet hair on your pillow (which can lead to problems with mold).
A microfiber hair towel is comfortable and absorbent enough that you'll have no problem sleeping in it. Your hair should be dry by the time you wake up from a full night of sleep.
Myths and Facts About Hair Towels: Do They Surprise You?
Have you heard these common myths and facts about hair towels? Which of them surprised you the most?
Our favorite fact is that microfiber hair towels are by far the best option for anyone who doesn't have the time to air-dry their luscious locks. If you're not already using one, what are you waiting for?
Try a Turbie Twist hair towel and see the difference in your hair!