lose the towel!
A big issue with long hair is damage. The more damaged your hair is, the harder it is to gain (or maintain) length. Also, the longer your hair is, the easier it gets damaged. Some of that, you just can’t help. It’s nature. But there are some things that we commonly do on a regular basis that actually cause damage to the hair. Towel-drying is one of those things. In case you haven’t noticed, towels have a very rough texture. This texture grabs your hair and pulls and tugs it in different directions. This can cause breakage. And please tell me you’re not rubbing the towel over your hair to dry it!
Several years ago, I stopped using towels on my hair. I learned first about plopping and started doing that with my towel with great success. But a towel is heavy and hard to secure in a plop. When I heard about using a t-shirt, I tried it immediately and never looked back. A t-shirt is very soft (usually 100% cotton) with a smooth texture that doesn’t grab at your hair. I had a lot less frizz, and over time, less breakage. I simply love it!
If you have curly hair and you don’t plop, you should try it! But drying with a t-shirt is not limited to curly girls! Here are a couple of videos showing how to use a t-shirt to dry your hair.
This one is for those with straight hair that don’t want to plop. She made this video at my request! How sweet! :) By the way, she has some great style tutorials so be sure to check out her youtube channel Torrin Paige.
This one is for plopping. There’s a lot of talking at the beginning, but the plopping explanation starts at about 8 minutes, so you can skip to there if you want. This is basically how I do it. You won’t need an extra long shirt, no matter how long your hair is.