9 Benefits of Microfiber Towels for Drying Your Hair

Last Updated on February 9, 2023 by Gaga

Drying your hair the right way helps protect it. Air drying might sound like a good idea. However, if you’re like most people, then the reality is that you simply don’t have time to allow it to do so. This is where wrapping your hair in a towel comes in handy.

Cotton towels have been used for years to help soak up the moisture from wet hair. The age-old practice of wrapping your wet locks in a heavy cotton towel, however, could lead to breakage because of its weight. This could mean that you’ll have short hair near your hairline.

Microfiber towels, on the other hand, are man-made material that has fibers that are no more than a single denier. Because this is about 100 times finer than a strand of human hair, a microfiber towel that measures just one square inch has a large and absorbent surface of nearly 200,000 fibers. This offers you a number of benefits including the nine outlined below.

young woman wipes her hairs with a microfiber towel

What Are The Benefits

1. Cut the drying time by half

The first and perhaps most obvious benefit of using a microfiber towel to dry your hair is that you’ll significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to do so. That’s because this quick-dry hair towel has a greater amount of surface that is available per square inch in which to absorb water. In fact, the average person’s hair should almost completely dry in about 30 minutes when using a microfiber hair towel. This is a nice reduction in time to get your hair ready for styling, especially if you have long and thick hair.

Note: The quick-dry hair towels won’t dry your hair instantly like some sellers would like you to believe. They, also, don’t dry your hair 100%, so you still need to use a hair dryer.

2. Gentle on the hair

Choosing only those products that are gentle on your hair helps keep it healthy and beautiful. Because microfiber is a soft and smooth material, you don’t have to use as much effort and friction in order to quickly dry your hair. Your hair will be dry – but not excessively so – which helps maintain its softness and manageability.

3. Lightweight and comfortable

The fast-drying hair towels are a lighter and more comfortable alternative to wrapping your hair in heavy bath towels. Unlike cotton towels which can be rough on your hair, the texture of microfiber towels is very nice and soft. Some microfiber hair wraps have a button to secure them in place, so you don’t have to keep your hands busy to keep the towel from falling off your head.

beautiful young woman wipes her hair with a microfiber towel

4. Help prevent snags

Cotton towels are made with tiny loops that can sometimes get caught in your hair and snag it. Not only can this be painful, but it can also cause your hair to break off as you are trying to untangle it. The smoothness of microfiber towels means that there are no loops that can get intertwined with your hair and snag it.

5. Help lessen frizz

Cotton is a coarser material compared to microfiber. Frizzy hair can sometimes be a side effect of using cotton towels. In comparison, microfiber has a smoother texture that is gentle on your hair. It helps keep your hair cuticles closed. You won’t have to put a ton of products in your hair to control frizz.

6. Eliminate the bulk

Microfiber towels are noticeably thinner than giant cotton towels. Their space-saving design means that they are easy to pack when you’re going away for the weekend or on vacation. They dry quickly for reuse, so you don’t have to bring more than one or two pieces.

7. Great for curly hair

Curly hair needs special care and microfiber towels deliver it. There’s sometimes a fine line between fizziness and curls. When using a microfiber towel, you won’t need to rub your hair in order to get all the moisture out. This means that your curls will retain their bounce and shape without getting frizzy.

You can even sleep with it on and wake up with soft, beautiful curls.

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8. Better value

Microfiber hair towels have the exceptional durability that enables them to outlast cotton towels. In fact, you can expect to be able to wash them about 500 times before you’ll have to finally replace them.

9. No lint balls

Cotton towels are notorious for having lint throughout the material. Unfortunately, when you use a cotton towel to dry your hair, these lint fibers can wind up clinging to its strands. Microfiber is a closely-woven material that discourages the transfer of lint to your hair.

A woman wipes wet hair with a towel

How to Care for Microfiber Hair Towels

Microfiber towels require a bit of special care in order to keep them in good condition. One of the most important rules involves washing microfiber towels.

Be sure to wash microfiber and cotton towels separately from one another. Otherwise, you’ll find the lint from the cotton towels all over the microfiber towels.

Additionally, it isn’t necessary to use fabric softeners when washing microfiber towels. Using a fabric softener will clog the fibers of the materials. Microfiber towels will still retain their soft and smooth texture without a softener.

With all the benefits you’ll reap from using microfiber towels, why would you accept any substitutions for your beautiful locks?

A woman holding a basket of microfiber towels

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Gaga is a blogger and founder of the Softer Hair website. She often says that insomnia is to blame for her first blogging attempts. Being the night owl, she hated the morning alarm. She left her office job and returned to what she loved most - writing.


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