Beauty Q&A: Should You Use Microfiber Towels to Dry Your Hair?

March 15, 2021
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | by L'Oréal
Along with having the right hair-care routine filled with nourishing conditioners and masks to target your hair concerns, it’s important to have good hair habits. We’re talking about things like sleeping on a silk pillowcase to help reduce frizz, using silk scrunchies so you don’t damage your hair and drying your hair with a microfiber towel. After speaking with professional hair stylist Sarah Klein, we learned that drying damp hair with a microfiber towel can seriously help improve your hair health. To find out how, keep reading.

What Are the Benefits of Drying Hair With Microfiber Towels?

In comparison to other fabrics, microfiber towels are gentler on the hair and reduce frizz. “It actually absorbs more water without causing excessive dryness,” says Klein. “It doesn’t tangle or snag the hair, which overall causes less breakage.” Klein further explains that when the hair is wet, it’s in a fragile state. When the hair is dried with the rough, dry texture of cotton towels, it can cause damage to the hair cuticle and cause frizz, tangles and split ends. Microfiber towels are great for all hair types, especially textured hair because they promote a smoother and softer finish. One to try is the Kitsch Microfiber Hair Towel.
Kitsch Microfiber Hair Towel

More Tips for Drying Hair and Avoiding Damage

Along with using a microfiber towel to dry your hair, Klein recommends always letting the hair air dry about 80% of the way before blow drying. Then, make sure to apply heat protectant products before any heat styling to avoid damaging the hair. We like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Slayer Pre-Iron Spray Leave-In because it protects the hair up to 450 degrees and has a delicious fruity scent. Then, “avoid any high setting and dry the hair in sections,” she continues. “Aim the blowdryer down the hair shaft to avoid roughing up the cuticle.” 
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