Truth or Myth: Does Drying Your Hair With a Towel Cause Damage?

You might be damaging your hair without even realizing it. 

We’re guessing there’s a good chance that the first thing you do after hopping out of the shower or pool is towel-dry your hair. Your hairstylists even reach for trustee towels after washing your hair at the salon! Since towel-drying is a commonplace practice, it must be pretty harmless, right? Today, we’re breaking it down to see if drying your hair with a towel can actually cause some damage.

Truth or myth? This one is the truth! Before you start to freak out and wonder how on earth you could have possibly made this mistake, keep reading.

towel-drying True! Towel drying does cause damage to your hair.
Unfortunately, it’s true, towel drying your hair causes damage.

Since your hair is delicate, any time you do something vigorous to it, like brush your hair forcefully or rub it between a towel, you risk causing damage. The rubbing motion can alter the structure of your hair if you pull or twist it too hard. This will ultimately lead to breakage over time. Oh, and you may also be left with some nasty knots to comb out–definitely not fun!

towel-drying Other causes of damage
Other factors that can damage your hair.

While drying your hair with a towel causes some damage, there are other factors like the sun, pollution, bleach, and heat that are way worse for your tresses.

Save Your Strands

Start by cleansing your hair with TRESemmé Pro Pure Damage Shampoo and Conditioner. This set uses botanicals like macadamia oil, wheat proteins, and avocado to strengthen your hair. Plus, the conditioner is a great option to help restore your hair because it has detangle technology in it. This is the perfect set to use when you’re trying to be a little more gentle with your hair.

Want to take your protection up a notch? We highly recommend using TRESemmé Botanique Damage Recovery Oil Elixir. Whether it’s towel-drying or a little too much sun, damage is damage and this product is great for reversing it. A hair oil is one of our favorite products to use because it does an incredible job keeping strands soft and shiny. This one is particularly great because it calms frizz, smoothes cuticles, and helps detangle which will reduce breakage.

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