When it comes to hair towels that seriously speed up drying time, we’re giving top honors to the VOLO Hero Microfiber Hair Towel (view at Amazon). It’s ultra-soft and supremely plush yet still wicks water away to dry the hair quickly, and we also appreciate how quickly its non-bulky design dries in between uses. If your hair is on the lengthier side, we recommend reaching for the Luxe Beauty Essentials Microfiber Hair Towel (view at Amazon). It’s extra-long to encase the entirety of your hair while the super absorbent microfiber gets to work. Finally, when it comes to curls, you can’t go wrong with the DevaCurl DevaTowel Anti-Frizz Microfiber Towel (view at Sephora), which works hard to dry curls fast while keeping frizz and static at bay. Plus, it’s made from super plush microfiber that’s oh-so-soft.
What to Look for in a Hair Towel
When it comes to hair towels, hairstylist and artistic director at Matrix Michelle O’Connor says the first feature to look at is what material is made of to ensure it won’t damage the hair—and whatever you do, avoid traditional terry cloth. “Whether curly or straight, terry cloth tends to rough up the hair shaft, which causes frizziness and may even contribute to split ends,” she says. A good rule of thumb? If it feels nice and soft on your face, it’ll be nice and soft on your hair, too.
Buttons or Fasteners
Another feature O’Connor recommends looking for is a towel that has the ability to button or fasten to stay on your head. “These will allow you to twist and wrap functionally and easily,” she says. Nobody wants to have to constantly rewrap their towel, especially if you’re drying your hair while getting dressed or doing your makeup, so products that are designed to stay put will make the process much less of a hassle.
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O’Connor also recommends looking for a product that’s the right size for your hair length and thickness. “Larger towels are always going to have a greater function for thicker and longer lengths, as you want to have your hair fully encapsulated and covered while soaking up excess water,” she says. With that in mind, those with shorter hair won’t need all of that extra fabric and can opt for smaller designs.
Why Trust Byrdie?
Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She rarely blow dries her hair, so she opts for a hair towel after every single wash. Her current go-to move? Using the VOLO hair towel for a few minutes and then pulling her hair into a damp bun with the VOLO scrunchie.
According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find enough hair towels from Black-owned and/or Black-founded businesses to meet this percentage. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at [email protected] and we will evaluate the product ASAP.
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