Should You Wrap Your Hair in a Towel?

(c) 2016
(c) 2016

We have seen women wrap their hair in a towel after they shower in movies, TV shows, and in real life. Some of us may do it, too. I use to wrap my hair in a towel until I figured out that it was pulling my hair too much and tangling it. Wrapping wet hair in a towel does dry the hair more quick and prevents wet hair from getting in the way of daily routines. Some people prefer a towel instead of a hair dryer but using a towel can actually damage your hair.

When hair is wet, the hair becomes more fragile and, therefore, can break easily. Jené Luciani from Shape, met with cosmetic anesthesiologist and medical director, Arleen Lamba, M.D., to talk about alternatives to drying hair with a towel. Lamba suggests using a towel to squeeze the excess water out from the hair gently from top to bottom. If you have a hair type that must be wrapped in a towel, then Lamba advises to use a cotton t-shirt instead of a thick towel so that the hair is not harshly pulled back. There are towels that are specifically made for hair and the material is much more thin compared large body towels. Hair towels/wraps are much more gentle on hair than other towels.


You can get a hair towel/wrap in stores such as target: