From protecting wet hair to eliminating frizz and friction overnight, investing in a hair towel wrap or turban is a great way to look after your locks.
Towel hair wraps come in a mixture of materials, from microfibre to polyester, while satin and silk are the go-to materials for sleep turbans.
While wet, hair becomes most vulnerable to breakage, and needs some extra TLC – being too heavy-handed with a towel can expose cuticle edges, causing frizz and strand damage, which is why gently patting or scrunching the hair minimises that risk.
James Fisher, creative director and co-founder of eco hair salon Whip London, explains: “After washing your hair it’s advisable to wrap it in a fine, quick-drying hair towel or turban while you get ready to go, rather than rubbing ferociously with your rough, cotton bath towel which can easily damage your fragile locks.”
It’s also true that tossing and turning as you sleep at night doesn’t do much for your hair’s condition either. James recommends silk turbans to prevent snapping. “Wrapping hair overnight is also protective and restorative, and lets the natural oils produced by your scalp gently seep into the strands.”
Silk hair wraps help retain moisture overnight, hydrating afro and curly hair textures in particular – if your hair is naturally curly, these products are even more effective at helping you escape frizz. And by keeping tonged hair kink-free and helping to avoid curls dropping, silk hair wraps also keep styles in place.
Wraps are also said to be effective for post-partum hair loss and thinning hair. So, if you’re looking to keep hair smooth and static-free, while protecting it from unnecessary damage, we’ve found the best hair towel wraps and turbans to buy.
Each product we tried needed to fit comfortably, and although our tester’s hair is fine and long, we made sure to bear in mind thicker hair types too. Read on for our top picks.
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