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Chuck that towel, save your hair

25 May 2018
Chuck that towel, save your hair
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When it comes to African hair, towels aren’t inherently bad. They’re amazing for wrapping just-washed hair and sealing in moisture for a few hours. But if you’ve been using a bog-standard supermarket towel to dry your hair, stop right now. You’re likely causing damage.

You probably don’t need to be reminded that intensely coiled African hair ranks among the most fragile of hair types. It may look wiry and tough, but the reality is that these S- and Z-shaped curls are prone to dryness, and in turn, brittleness and breakage. For the same reason you don’t just flop your head down on a cotton pillowcase at bedtime, you shouldn’t use ordinary cotton towels to dry your locks on wash day. Bedtime tips for better hair: Hair wrap advice and more

Standard cotton, unlike silk and satin, has a coarse texture. Applied to hair strands, it causes a lot of static and friction. This harsh action roughens cuticles, which can worsen split ends, encourage frizz, and lead to more breakage and overall dryness. Hair looks and feels far less manageable.

So, what can you do to avoid these haircare headaches?

A simple solution is to make the switch from plain cotton towels to microfibre towels. As Mizani Brand Educator Rocky Bukasa says, “Whatever you do, just stay away from cotton towels, cotton pillow cases and cotton head scarves.” Softer, smoother alternate fabrics won’t grab at your hair like cotton. They also absorb excess water without needing to rub. 

In fact, when it’s time to dry your hair after a bath or shower, it’s best not to frantically rub at all. Gently pat and squeeze. If you have time, let your hair air-dry naturally instead of handling it too much. Rocky’s expert tip is to always blot and squeeze in the direction that your hair cuticles lie, which means working from root to end, section by section. This drying technique is gentler on strands because it avoids the unnecessary friction that leads to tangles, breakage and general dryness. Rocky also advises letting your hair dry naturally to at least 80% before picking up any heat styling tools.
 
Another good habit to adopt is the use of leave-in conditioners to give your hair a moisturising, management and revitalisation boost. Mizani 25 Miracle Milk is an acclaimed treatment with 25 different benefits thanks to its ingredient combination of protective xylose and natural nourishing coconut oil. You can find 25 Miracle Milk exclusively at salons. 

To round off, Rocky has provided a simple three-step routine to optimise your post-wash, post-hair-drying care at bedtime:

  1. Complete your hair drying with the application of moisturisers such as Mizani 25 Miracle Milk, Rose H20 Conditioning Hairdress or Coconut Soufflé Hairdress for nourishment, improved manageability and reduced frizz. Finish off with a coat of Mizani Supreme Oil for an extra dose of sealed-in moisture. 
  2. Braids or twist your hair up, to prevent shrinkage and overnight tangles. 
  3. Keep your strands protected by tying your hair up with a satin scarf, covering it with a satin bonnet, and/or sleeping on a satin pillowcase.
The verdict is in: Save that thick, fluffy towel for your body because it’s too harsh for your hair. Think soft and smart instead if you want strong, shiny hair.
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