Faith Xue Jul 10, 2017

If we told you the cure for frizzy, unruly hair was an old T-shirt, we would expect one of the following reactions: an incredulous laugh, a dismissive scoff or a disturbed stare (or all three, in quick succession). We don’t blame you — it’s hard to look at that ratty 8th-grade gym class tee and picture it being the hair-taming miracle you’ve been praying for.

But today we’re sharing a trick that may just change the hair game forever … and all you’ll need is a plain cotton tee. 


t-shirt hair drying trick

Here’s How It Works

Instead of drying your hair with a towel post-shower swap it for a T-shirt instead. Yes, you can dry your hair with a t-shirt. It’s that simple. Why?

Professional hairstylist and Redken Artist Isabella Vazquez explains: “When [our hair is wet], it becomes weaker and softer. If we use a regular towel to dry it, the grooves of the towel become aggressors to the cuticle of our hair. Towels absorb all the moisture from our hair, when what we want to do is absorb the excess water without taking most of the moisture that helps our hair from becoming frizzy or creating frizz.”

So why swap in a cotton T-shirt? Vazquez says the T-shirt will absorb excess water but prevent your hair from frizzing. “The T-shirt does not have the rough grooves of a towel,” she says. “It’s a flat surface, so the water sinks into that surface and it slides through the hair instead of [roughing] it up.”

So pull out your old t-shirts from college that have been sitting at the bottom of your dresser. They’re perfectly soft and worn-in and will work wonders on your wet hair.

Vazquez also suggests using a microfiber towel; it is lightweight and will give you the same smoothing benefits. This method works especially for curly-haired ladies who are all too familiar with frizzy hair fiascos; unlike a thick, fluffy towel, a T-shirt or microfiber towel will dry your strands without disrupting your natural curl pattern.

Here’s Exactly How To Utilize This Trick

1. After washing your hair, take a cotton tee and use it to gently wring out any excess water. Gather your hair and wrap the t-shirt around it. Gently squeeze to sop up the water.

2. Flip your hair over and bend at the waist. Pull your hair through the opening of your T-shirt so that the opening stretches around your hairline. Keep the neckline of the T-shirt wrapped around your head.

3. Twist the T-shirt, turban style, to the end and tuck it underneath the opening at the nape of your neck.

4. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, undo and style as usual.

Some women prefer to put product into their hair before wrapping it up in a tee — experiment and find the combination that works best for your unique hair type!

If you like to style your hair after you shower, run some mousse or styling cream through your strands before twisting it up in T-shirt turban. For nourishing oils or smoothing serums, apply to strands once you’ve let your hair out from the tee.

When your hair has dried, either naturally or by a blow dryer, you’ll notice how smooth it feels. Not a frizz in sight!


Have you ever heard of or tried the towel T-shirt swap? Tell us your experiences and thoughts below!


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