Bionic Tip: Towel dry hair gently

by Bionic Beauty on 23.Jun.2009 · 12 comments

Cosmetic, makeup and skin care tips from Bionic Beauty
When towel drying your hair, don’t treat it roughly! Don’t wrench, twist, wring and tug to get the water out.

Instead, gently pat your hair and lightly squeeze with the towel. If you towel your hair roughly, you rough up the cuticle adding to the frizz factor and you can even cause breakage and split ends.

Be gentle!

Do you have any hair care related tips to share with fellow Bionic Beauties? Leave a comment below!

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1 Tashi June 23, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I second that! Hair is very vulnerable when wet, so take care! Even though I no longer have hair down to the middle of my back (it’s now very short, and it’s normal naturally curly — I’m lucky), I still gently squeeze my hair when towel drying. I’d also like to emphasize how important it is to use a wide-toothed comb, *or* a paddle brush that has hard plastic tines, to comb through hair after towel drying. When I had long hair, I used a wide-toothed comb. But now, I use a beige large paddle brush by famous hairstylist, Umberto, who sells his products at Target (brush wasn’t expensive). I only use something else when blow drying my bangs, namely, a small round boar bristle/nylon combo brush (also by Umberto). Using the wrong implements on wet hair can break it, and I think, possibly cause worse damage. I’ve read that just using one’s fingers to run through wet hair is best, but I tend to rebel against that idea. I think it is mainly geared to curly-haired folks with long hair (similar to me, but I don’t strictly adhere to it anyway).

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2 Bionic Beauty June 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Tashi, Those are excellent tips!! Thanks so much for sharing… and I’ve actually been looking for a better round brush. I have one by ConAir and it curls my ends under nicely, but the prongs are so sharp that it tugs and breaks my hair. I’ll check out the Umberto ones at Target during my next trip!

~Jami

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3 Stephanie C June 23, 2009 at 7:25 pm

I have been trying this, but it’s not so easy. I have mid-back length, thick, coarse naturally curly hair, which sops up sooooo much water. So it takes forever to pat my hair dry. I have read about different towel types that are recommended for curly hair – I may just have to try one….

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4 Bionic Beauty June 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Hi Stephanie, I know this may sound weird… but you could try one of those Sham-wow type towels. I use them to wash my face and LOVE them. Gentler than wash-clothes and soak up SO much water!!

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5 Tashi June 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Jami, thanks! And you’re welcome. Glad to help! I got a round brush with the T3 tourmaline hair dryer I bought last year (quite the investment, but I was sick of the insufficient, cheap ones I had been getting). I finally threw the brush out, as its bristles tugged my hair and never got me the results I wanted. I probably suffered breaks or splits, too. My bangs always looked crooked, even after flat ironing them. The Umberto small round brush has been awesome (I don’t work at Target, nor for Umberto — I just love the brushes!). :-) I think they’re still on sale this week, to boot! Either way, *I* think they work well.

Stephanie, I’m not savvy as to what kinds of towels/fabrics may be better than others for squeesing out moisture. But hang in there. I’d recommend letting your hair air dry, whenever possible, for about 5-10 minutes, after gently squeezing out as much water as you can. Use a diffuser for your curls as well, time permitting. I don’t use one most days, since my hair is very short, and air dries pretty fast. While your hair may take longer than you’d like to dry, the extra efforts are so well worth it. Let us know if a special towel works better for squeezing the water out. :-)

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6 Bionic Beauty June 24, 2009 at 1:44 pm

LOL! I had to giggle at your comment about working for Umberto. :) I sometimes feel like when I blather endlessly about a product, people may think I’m getting paid for it… really and truly I’m not. I just LOVE getting word out about truly great products that deserve more attention.

I’m definitely planning a weekend Target trip to scout some brushes. I also thought Sally probably has some great ones. And… I have my discount card there. 😉

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7 The Cheap Chick June 24, 2009 at 8:57 am

I’ve read (and tried with good results) that you’re supposed to allow your hair to air-dry a bit before you blow it dry. It cuts down on the overall time under the heat – thus protecting your hair.
Works for me!

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8 Bionic Beauty June 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Definitely Cheap Chick! I almost always air dry except when I’m going out right afterwards. Then I use one of the new CHI ion dryers. I can’t believe how quick they dry my hair! It ‘blasts’ the water particles out rather than boiling them on your hair cuticle, so you end up with less damage.

That reminds me… I really need to write that review up. :)

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9 Tashi June 24, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Sham-Wow… LOL Never thought of that. I bet it *would* work, especially for longer hair.

I practically live at Target, hence, the many products I buy there, and some I can even recommend. Good luck brush shopping, at Tarzhay Boutique (MN-speak for Target, lol) and at Sally. Both places are addicting!

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10 Ouidad June 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Great tip! You’re so right, wrapping your hair in a towel or even just drying it roughly can cause so much breakage! Especially for curls!
Linda for Ouidad

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11 Kirsten P. June 27, 2009 at 10:54 pm

The best advice I can give your hair, is to treat it “GENTLY.” I never brush my hair too roughly or fast, and I never ring the water out of my hair. My hair is long, thick and colored, so I constantly have to maintain it. I love to use leave in conditioners on the ends of my strands, they really do wonders on your hair! I also use gentle shampoos and deep conditioners. I love Pureology and Herbal Essences “Color Me Happy.” Pantene is also one of my favorite brands!

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12 Bionic Beauty June 29, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Kirsten, If you like Pureology, you should check out the L’Oreal EverPure sulfate-free products. They are relatively new at the drugstores and are twins to the Pureology line. I actually like the EverPure 100x more. My hair doesn’t frizz, isn’t weighed down, and my color doesn’t fade. :) (here’s my review: http://bionic-beauty.com/review-loreal-everpure-sulfate-free/)
Let me know if you try it!
~Jami

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