Cut your drying time in half with these budget-friendly hair towel wraps.

By Susan Brickell
February 06, 2020
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While I have super fine hair, I have a lot of it, and it's also at the mercy of my colorist every few months. I was on the hunt for a product that would keep my hair healthy and as damage-free as possible, and after some digging on Amazon, I finally found my solution: a microfiber hair towel.

ICYDK, hair is especially vulnerable to damage when it is wet since the cuticles swell and cause the strands to lose strength, resulting in breakage. Air drying is the best way to let your locks dry, however, most people (guilty) start vigorously rubbing their hair with a bath towel causing continuous breakage, points out Adel Chabbi, owner of Adel Atelier in New York City. The texture of your average bath towel is rough on delicate strands, not to mention cotton towels don't absorb as much water as you might think. (Related: Blow Dry Your Hair Faster with These Time-Saving Techniques)

On the other hand, a microfiber hair towel wrap is gentle and insanely absorbent (some can even hold 10 times their weight in water), which can minimize damage caused by blow dryers and make styling a breeze. "These towels reduce the drying time by more than half and are known for leaving your hair silky and frizz-free," says Chabbi. Plus, it's small and lightweight, meaning that it won't cause discomfort or put pressure on your head or neck like a regular-sized bath towel. And it offers hands-free drying, staying put on your head—thanks to ties and button closures—so you can do your makeup, read, watch Netflix, or sleep without it becoming an obstacle.

Ready to try one for yourself? Here, the top-rated microfiber hair towels that will dry your locks quickly without the damage, according to Amazon customer reviews. (Related: 7 Key Steps to Preventing Hair Damage)

YoulerTex Microfiber Hair Towel Wrap

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This microfiber hair wrap has earned its spot as Amazon's number one best-selling hair drying towel for a reason. It's super soft, fast-drying, and ultra-absorbent. As a matter of fact, it can absorb more than 10 times its weight in water, meaning it works efficiently to dry your tresses. Also great? You can twist and button it in the back to keep it out of the way while you apply makeup or get ready for bed.

"Normally I have to put a ton of product in my hair to counteract my frizzy nature," said one reviewer. "Last night I showered and rather than using a terry cloth towel to wrap my hair, I used one of these microfiber wraps. I put it up and slept in it. When I woke up my hair was dried in fantastical curls. No frizz to be seen."

Buy It: YoulerTex Microfiber Hair Towel Wrap, $10, amazon.com

Aquis Original Hair Towel

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With more than 1,700 reviews, this lightweight hair turban is made from a special microfiber that dries hair from soaking wet to damp 50 percent faster than cotton towels or blow dryers. The soft-to-the-touch fibers are gentle on your hair, so it won't uncomfortably pull at or break baby hairs around your face. Plus, it's said to last for more than three years of regular usage and washings, so it's a great low-cost investment.

"I have long, thick hair and always have to blow dry my hair," wrote a customer. "This has literally made my hair shinier, less frizzy and dry faster. It’s also significantly smaller and therefore won’t pull at the tiny baby hairs around your hairline and break them off since it isn’t a huge towel wrapped around your head."

Buy It: Aquis Original Hair Towel, $21, amazon.com

M-Bestl 2-Pack Hair Towel Wrap

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Dry your hair naturally—without causing heat damage from a blow dryer—with this microfiber hair towel wrap. It's extremely soft and absorbent and claims to cut your drying time by 50 percent. It also features a button in the back to secure the turban while you sleep or get ready in the morning for work. And because it's a pack of two towels, you can keep one at home in your bathroom and toss the other in your gym bag or carry-on when you're on the go. (Related: Everyone in My Office Is Obsessed with This Hair Tool—and It's Just $40 Right Now)

"I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!" raved a shopper. "I have thick hair, and it takes forever to dry if I don’t have this. I put it on right after I get out of the shower and then do my makeup. I get my makeup all over it, but it washes out when I put it in the washing machine. I can dry my long, thick hair in less than ten minutes!!!"

Buy It: M-Bestl 2-Pack Hair Towel Wrap, $10, $16, amazon.com

DuraComfort Essentials Microfiber Hair Towel

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Boasting over 5,000 customer reviews—not to mention, being one of Amazon's "most wished for" hair towel wraps—this plush microfiber dream can be used alongside your blow dryer to cut your drying time in half and make styling your tresses a breeze. It's perfect for fine, thin, medium, thick, or coarse hair, and is available in two sizes (19-inch and 24-inch lengths) to accommodate women with long hair.

"I have VERY thick hair to my shoulders and to let my hair dry naturally can take up to 8 hours, using a dryer can be up to 30 mins!" shared a reviewer. " use the towel straight out of the shower and leave it on for 10 or so mins before I blow dry and it has cut my drying time down to just over 10 mins. I LOVE it."

Buy It: DuraComfort Essentials Microfiber Hair Towel, from $11, amazon.com

Luxe Beauty Essentials Microfiber Hair Towel

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Another top-selling microfiber towel on Amazon, this luxurious turban absorbs excess moisture from your hair post-shower, leaving your hair only slightly damp and easy to manage and style in no time. Not only is it incredibly budget-friendly, but it also comes in two different sizes to accommodate those with larger noggins or with more hair.

"Love this towel! I run it through my hair and dry normally and then I wrap it tight to absorb the water while I finish getting ready," said one customer. "It doesn’t make my hair frizzy at all! It leaves my hair wet enough to apply product and air dry!" 

Buy It: Luxe Beauty Essentials Microfiber Hair Towel, $10, amazon.com

Curly Girl Anti-Frizz Towel

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If you've got a head of curls, look no further than this hair towel. The microfiber turban is quick-drying, absorbent, and  hypoallergenic—so great for those with skin sensitivities. But, it's specifically designed for those with curly hair, and reviewers note that it's great for maintaining smooth curls sans frizz. (Related: Drew Barrymore Swears By This $8 Hair Brush to Detangle Her Curls)

"I have very curly hair, and I have been trying to find a towel, I can use to take down the frizz," wrote a shopper. "I have been using this one for about a month now, and my frizz has gone tremendously down. My curls are more defined." 

Buy It: Curly Girl Anti-Frizz Towel, $16, amazon.com

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