I’ve always wanted to be the girl who lives and dies by her diffuser. Unfortunately, patience is not a virtue I posses, and airdrying is my way of life. Every morning my routine is predictable if not ideal. I wake up, jump in the shower—because that’s what my curls need, and I do it for the curls—and then go about at least half the day with a look that I refer to as “swamp rat.” Not in self-loathing way; it is what it is. I look like I’ve emerged from the deep, and the ringlets I eventually end up with make it worthwhile. But still, I’ll try anything that can help speed up the process without giving me a mushroom cloud of frizz. The only thing I’ve found? The unsung hero that is a $6 microfiber turban.
For the uninitiated, that “mushroom cloud of frizz” phrase comes from what happens when you use a terrycloth towel to twist your hair up. While it does suck moisture out, it goes too far—the coarse, grabby fibers ruffle your hair’s cuticle, which leads to an explosion of frizz. The common curly hair alternative is “plopping,” or using a cotton T-shirt to absorb just the right amount of moisture to help your curls dry while staying smooth. It sounds great. Unfortunately, I’ve watched at least ten videos on how to plop on YouTube, and I just can’t get it. I’ve read the how-to forums, I’ve watched the tutorial videos, and it never wrings barely a drop of wetness from my hair.
My savior: the most unassuming thing in any drugstore. Stashed among the shower caps and travel kits, the Swissco Spa Body Micro Fiber Fast Dry Hair Turban waits to change your life. To be clear, it’s just a kite-shaped, ultra-soft towel with a button on one end and a loop on the other—if your drugstore doesn’t have this option, the one they do works. I’ve picked them up while on vacation, and everything stays the same. The best part? It’s cheap enough, you can throw it in the wash and not worry about somehow ruining a $30 hair towel ($30 versions do exist. IMO they’re good, but no better).
After showering, you flip your head over and position the button at the nape of your neck. Twist the overhang of fabric up with your hair inside, and slide the loop around the button. Enter heaven. I go about the rest of my morning routine with the turban on, while the microfiber material pulls out wetness without getting up in the cuticle’s business. Twenty minutes later, I unfurl the turban to significantly dryer strands. They’re still damp, but doable—and at least eight times less swamp rat than when I started. Afternoon comes, dry hair arrives a few hours earlier than it otherwise would, and there’s significantly less frizz in sight. I’ll never be without it again.
Swissco Spa Body Micro Fiber Fast Dry Hair Turban, $6, swissco.com
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