The Structure of Hair) and cause permanent damage. This is true for all hair, straight or curly.
First off, don't rub your hair to dry it. Squeeze or press out the water. Rubbing is unnecessarily damaging.
Secondly, use a fabric that is gentler then terry cloth. Here are some options:
You can use microfiber towels from the automotive section or you might
find microfiber towels marketed for cleaning. You can also get
microfiber towels made for hair. The brand name of mine is Aquis.
Turbie Twist makes a microfiber version of their hair turban.
Flour Sack Towels- found in the kitchen towel section of stores.
100% cotton t-shirts- It is a good use for your old 100% shirts. Some people find long sleeve t-shirts work best for plopping (see below).
you have curly or wavy hair, you you may want to scrunch your hair to a
damp state with one of the options above. For some people (like me),
scrunching breaks the curls into smaller curls and/or causes frizz.
Another option is to Plop. Plopping is accordion folding your hair
upside down onto a non terry cloth towel and then wrapping the hair up
with the towel. Here is a good video. They call plopping plunking in
the video. If you want more videos, do a search for "plop hair" on
youtube.com. You will come up with several videos.
Jessicurl's plopping (A.K.A. plunking) video
they say in the video, 20 minutes is a good amount of time to plop.
People have luck with longer or shorter plopping times. I find at some
point the microfiber towel has pulled out all the water it can from my
hair. At this point the damp towel is keeping my hair wet, rather then
making it dryer. I take off the towel at this point. You have to
experiment to see what plopping time works best for you. For some
curlies and wavies, plopping simply doesn't work because it causes
frizz. You also may want to experiment with types of towels. For
example, some people find microfiber to cause frizz, but flour sack
You have to keep trying things to find out what works for your hair.
Remember, if you are nice to your hair, it will be nice to you.
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