Who doesn’t love soft, shiny, and absolutely strong hair, minus the frizz. Thanks to our climate, most of us have an extremely frizzy hair texture. What causes this frizz? For one, heat and humidity in the climate have harsh effects on the hair which results in a terrible frizz; secondly, heating tools like flat irons, blow dryers or blast dryers also damage the hair follicle which causes split ends and frizz. I’m sure most of us have already skipped using these tools or saved them for special occasions at the most. But there’s one more thing that all of us are guilty of, and that is really, really bad for our hair. What is it? Towel drying!
Yes, you heard me! Towel drying your hair means wrecking havoc to your delicate mane. But if towel drying is bad for the hair and so is blow drying, what’s a person supposed to do? Don’t worry, I have the perfect solution. But first, let me tell you what towel drying does to your tresses.
Frizz: Terrycloth towels are the most common type of bath towels used. But did you know that drying your hair with a terrycloth towel creates a large amount of friction in your hair which further increases the frizziness of your hair.
Hair follicle: Hair is the most delicate when wet. And wet hair needs more care than it gets. Wiping wet hair with a towel damages the hair follicle and breaks the hair bonds from within. This makes the hair limp and restricts nourishment to reach all the way down to the hair ends.
Split ends: Those dreaded split ends keep coming back every now and then. Have you ever wondered why? Maybe there’s something that you’re doing wrong. Towel drying our hair creates friction in the shaft and causes one strand of the hair to rub against another. This causes the hair to split up due to the trauma. Some people vigorously rub their hair with a towel, DON’T DO THAT! It’s the worst kind of trauma you could subject your hair to.
Cuticle: The outer layer of our hair is called the cuticle. What the hair cuticle does is protect our hair from environmental damage and keep our hair shaft strong. But drying your hair with a towel can damage the cuticle and roughen it up causing gaps or dents in it. This spoils your hair texture and allows pollution and sunlight to harm your hair deep within. The result is – lifeless, rough and frizzy hair. We don’t want that, do we?
Hair breakage: Our delicate hair weren’t made to bear the daily ordeal of being rubbed (first with shampoo, then with towel) and tugged (while shampooing and combing/styling). Frequent tugging, rubbing and combing of our hair will only make it weaker (especially because we don’t provide it enough nourishment through a healthy diet). This is why towel drying your hair leads to hair breakage.
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Now that you know what a towel does to hair, let me save the day by giving you a healthier alternative. Instead of using a terrycloth towel to dry your hair, opt for a clean and soft, cotton tee-shirt. The soft fabric will be much more gentle on your hair than the towel. Wiping your hair with a cotton tee will also help you avoid frizzy hair. As cotton is much softer, it would not create as much friction and would give your hair a relaxed look. Did I mention that the technique of drying or wiping your hair also makes a difference? Rubbing your hair will only do more harm to your hair shaft; instead, try to be gentler, and blot out your hair on the cotton tee and let it air dry. The cotton tee will absorb the excess water quicker and also reduce the time it takes for your hair to dry naturally.
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Hello, gorgeous hair!