This is why your hair needs a micro-fibre towel

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Say hello to your new wash day staple and thank us later…

When you’ve spent hours painstakingly, treating, cleansing, conditioning and detangling your hair the last thing you want to do is mess things up with rough drying.

When Afro hair is wet, it’s in its most fragile state. The wrong treatment of it can cause permanent damage to the individual strands, which can ultimately lead to shedding and breakage.

Most hairstylists will agree that when you’re washing your hair at home a regular cotton bath towel just won’t cut it. If you naturally reach for a cotton towel post-hair wash, it might be time to rethink. As soft as it might feel on your skin, rough-drying with a cotton towel can cause the outer cuticle of the hair to lift and in turn cause tangling.

Switching your method of drying might be a good move to avoid permanent damage to the hair shaft and many women are now turning to micro-fibre towels to ease the drying drama. They may have historically been favoured for shining a kitchen surface, but the texture of the towel makes it the perfect replacement for your former wash-day companion.

The micro-fibre material is super-absorbent compared to a regular cotton towel and will therefore reduce your drying time significantly. If you normally part air-dry and then blow-dry, your hair will need less time exposed to heat, subjecting it to less damage.

And remember the shine your trusty micro-fibre cloth gives your surfaces? Well, that benefit can be extended to your hair too, as the fabric doesn’t disrupt the cuticle alignment as much as cotton towels, which also helps to prevent frizz and flyaways.

Nail your new wash day routine by using your favourite KeraCare shampoo and conditioner duo, like the KeraCare® Hydrating And Detangling Shampoo and KeraCare® Humecto Creme Conditioner before gently squeezing out excess water. Then tip your head upside down and carefully wrap your new towel around your hairline patting it gently into your mane to soak up the water. Despite the porous quality of the micro-fibre material, unlike their cotton counterparts they don’t get unbearably heavy so leaving it atop of your head turban-style as you get ready for the day is an option.

A great way to inject even more moisture into the hair is to utilise the towel for your deep conditioning treatment. Apply a highly penetrating treatment such as the KeraCare® Intensive Restorative Masque and wrap with plastic and then your micro-fibre towel, securing with a clip. The towel will lock in the heat and allow the mask to penetrate deeper into the hair shaft.

So what’s not to love? Fewer flyaways, quicker drying, less heat damage and shinier hair - we wished we’d used one sooner.

Do you use a micro-fibre towel, and what are your experiences of using it? Leave a comment below.

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