Bamboo Hair Towel Wrap: Here's Why You Should be Investing in One

Ask any hair stylist and they’ll likely all agree—it’s not a good idea to use a regular towel when drying your hair. When hair is wet, it becomes much more vulnerable and more prone to breakage than normal. Not only can using a regular body towel cause hair damage over time, it can also increase the amount of frizz you encounter everyday.

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Paulina studies at Copenhagen Business School and gains hands-on experience in marketing at HairLust where she works with the Swedish market. Her interest in hair care grew during her time as a competitive swimmer as she spent countless hours in chlorine water which resulted in dry, dull and damaged hair. She finds inspiration when hearing other's hair care stories and never says no to trying new hair care products. Read more.

If you’re looking to streamline your hair drying routine, now’s the perfect time to ditch the regular towels. In today’s blog, we’ll go over how using a hair towel wrap or hair turban towel can be a game-changer for your hair routine.

From the basics of how and why a hair drying towel works to the best types of materials you should look for in a hair turban towel (and more), we’ll make sure you have all the knowledge you need. Ready to become a hair towel wrap expert and upgrade your hair care routine? Let’s jump in.

What Is a Hair Towel Wrap?

You know those cottony, somewhat coarse body towels we use to dry off after a shower? Yeah, as it turns out, they’re not so good for our hair. Regular body towels are great at wicking away moisture after a nice, hot shower, but they’re a bad choice when it comes to keeping your hair frizz and damage-free. That’s where a hair drying towel comes in. A hair towel wrap is specifically made to perfectly absorb all the extra moisture in your hair while staying secure atop your head as you move on to other parts of your routine.

Unlike terry cloth towels, a hair drying towel absorbs moisture without pulling or tugging on your strands. Thanks to the materials they’re made of, they help dry your hair in less time without causing any breakage. Later, we’ll go over some of the most common materials hair turban towels are made of and discover which one is the healthiest for your hair.

Why Should You Invest In a Hair Towel Wrap?

Along with providing more convenience in your hair care routine, investing in the right hair towel wrap can lead to overall healthier hair with continuous use. Below, we’ll go over some of the most important reasons to consider a hair drying towel.

1. A hair turban towel is less damaging

Unlike the traditional cotton towels we use to dry off our bodies, a hair towel wrap is made with our delicate locks in mind. Hair is very fragile when wet and coarse body towels create damaging friction when pulled across delicate wet hair. Choosing to use a hair drying towel instead is a great step to make if you’re looking to boost your hair’s health.

2. Your hair will dry faster

Thanks to the materials it’s made of, a hair drying towel helps your hair finish drying much faster compared to how long it would take with a regular towel. This frees up plenty of extra time in your routine to style your hair, do your makeup, or simply sleep in! Depending on the material used, your hair can actually dry faster with a hair turban towel than with a regular cotton towel!

3. A hair drying towel is more comfortable

Another great advantage of having a hair turban towel is its ability to stay comfortably on top of your head while you go about your routine. A hair drying towel has a button so you can quickly and easily secure it on your head and then forget about it!

4. A hair drying towel can help you ditch the blow dryer for good

Over time, the heat damage caused by blow drying your hair can truly add up. However, once you start using a hair turban towel, you might not ever feel like picking up your blow dryer again—they’re that good.

When It Comes to Hair Turban Towel Materials, Which Is Best?

In your search for the right hair towel wrap, you’ll likely come across three key materials most wraps are made of. The thing is, not every hair turban towel is made equal. For instance, a bamboo hair towel is going to be much better for your hair than a microfiber hair towel. From the pros and cons of cotton vs bamboo to the negative effects of using a microfiber hair towel, there’s a lot to learn when it comes to the materials your hair towel of choice is made of.

Cotton hair towel wrap

As a material, cotton is quite versatile. As a hair towel wrap, it creates a durable and breathable product that can work well for all hair types. However, cotton has rough fibers that can snag and fray your hair, leading to dryness and breakage. Additionally, cotton uses a lot of resources. For example, 3% of global water use is tied to cotton production, along with 7% of all agricultural chemicals used in farming. Thankfully, there are more sustainable options to search for on your hunt for the perfect hair turban towel. But first, we’ll go over the worst choice: the microfiber hair towel.

Microfiber hair towel

While a microfiber hair towel works well for wicking moisture away quickly, a microfiber hair towel is one of the worst options you can choose from a sustainability stance. Synthetic microfibers contribute to a ton of pollution worldwide, causing damage to our water sources and hurting our aquatic life. Say no to using a microfiber hair towel.

Bamboo hair towel wrap

When it comes to choosing a sustainable material for your hair towel wrap, a bamboo hair towel wrap is the way to go. Bamboo is one of the most sustainable options you can choose. Unlike trees, bamboo shoots can be harvested without damaging the original plant and it grows incredibly fast. Plus, bamboo is ultra-absorbent, odor-free and naturally helps keep you dry. It’s basically everything you would want in a hair turban towel.

What to Look For In a Hair Towel Wrap

When you’re searching for a hair towel wrap, there are a few things you should remember to check for. We’ll outline them here:

Look for a quality stamp on your hair turban towel

A quality hair turban towel will feature a stamp assuring you of its quality. Look for an Oeko-Tex stamp, which is an independent and reliable certification company.

Pick a hair towel wrap made out of natural materials (not a microfiber hair towel)

Next, make sure to pick a hair towel wrap that’s made out of natural, sustainable materials. A bamboo hair towel wrap is best, but those made out of cotton are okay. We recommend not buying a microfiber hair towel due to its negative environmental impacts.

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So Which Hair Drying Towel Should I Use?

At HairLust, we worked tirelessly to create a bamboo hair towel wrap that we could be proud of. Easy to use and much better for your hair, our HairLust Bamboo Turban Hair Towel is a super soft, affordable and sustainable pick when it comes to upgrading your hair routine. Our hair turban towel has an enormous absorption capacity and can dry your hair faster than a normal cotton towel. Additionally, our hair towel is made of environmentally friendly material, is antibacterial and is odour-resistant!

How to Use a Hair Turban Towel In 4 Easy Steps

Using a bamboo hair towel wrap is super easy. Follow along with these four short steps to learn how to use one! You’ll be an expert in no time.

First, untangle your hair

HairLust Bamboo Turban Towel how to step 1

Firstly, you’ll want to brush your wet hair out to get rid of any tangles. We recommend our Detangle Wet Brush to easily detangle wet hair without causing tearing or damage. Plus, you can use it to give yourself a little scalp massage in the shower!

Secure the hair turban towel

HairLust Bamboo Turban Towel how to step 2

Next, flip your hair upside down and place the wide end of the towel over the back of your head so the hair in front of you rests in the thin end of the towel.

Twist the hair turban

HairLust Bamboo Turban Towel how to step 3

After securing the towel, close the towel around your hair and twist gently a few times. If it hurts, you’re probably twisting it too tight. Remember to be gentle with your hair!

Loop the hair turban

HairLust Bamboo Turban Towel how to step 4

Lastly, finish up by putting the button at the tip of your towel into the hole at the back of your neck. Great, now you’re finished! Relax and let your hair enjoy its new wrap!

More Practical Hair Care Tips

Along with adding a bamboo hair towel wrap to your hair care routine, there are a variety of other ways you can easily improve your hair’s health. Below are some of our top hair care tips to ensure your hair is as healthy and shiny as possible.

Try a pre-shampoo treatment

Before going in for your regular wash, we recommend trying a pre-shampoo hair treatment. Using a hair mask once a week can help soften dry tresses and even prevents damage! For best results, we recommend leaving it in for a minimum of 20 minutes before rinsing it out. Don’t forget to follow through with your favourite conditioner!

Use a detox scrub once a week

If you regularly use a lot of hair products, it’s likely your scalp experiences its fair share of buildup. Once a week, or whenever your scalp needs a refresh, gently scrub away buildup with a scalp detox scrub. Consistently using a detox scrub will help gently remove the shine-dulling residue from your favourite products as well as those from hard water minerals and excess oils.

Give yourself a scalp massage with a detangler brush

Like we mentioned before, a wet brush is the healthiest way to detangle your hair after showering. We love our HairLust Detangle Wet Brush because it can be used on both wet and dry hair, and it makes for a great scalp massager in the shower! After shampooing, gently use the wet brush to massage your scalp and lift away any stubborn build-up.

Use a hair turban towel and ditch the blow dryer

One of the biggest benefits of using a hair towel wrap consistently is that over time, you’ll likely find that you simply don’t need to use your blow dryer anymore. By ditching your hair dryer, you’ll wake up to softer, shinier and overall healthier hair in the long run. After a while, you’ll wish you had started using a bamboo hair towel wrap earlier!

Now that you know everything there is to know about bamboo hair towel wraps, it’s time to go out and discover the right choice for you and your unique hair! From reducing damage to freeing up more time for you to spend on other parts of your hair care routine, hair turban towels carry multiple benefits, all in one small and easy-to-use package.


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