In my last healthy habits post, I talked about how the practice of wrapping up one’s hair at night is like second nature to me. Today’s practice is like that as well – drying my hair with a t-shirt.
This is not new information – everybody and their mama will say that t-shirt drying is the way to go. I went from using towels to dry my hair (because that’s how I was doing it my WHOLE life) to microfiber towels (because I was told they are better than regular towels) to t-shirts. The t-shirt dry is one of the best wash day practices I’ve adopted for my hair. Hands down.
I remember the few hairs that would get tangled in the fibers of regular cotton towels. And honestly, I remember it occasionally happening with microfiber towels as well… not on the same scale, of course, but still. T-shirts, though? Not a single strand caught. Like ever. And I definitely don’t feel that my hair is parched after t-shirt drying like I do with towels. It seems to be JUST the right amount of damp to apply leave-in. How does it do that? #tshirtsaremagic
I will NOT use a towel to dry my hair ever again. For realsies. I TRAVEL with my drying t-shirts* if necessary because that’s how for real I am about it.
So yeah. I’m not one of those curlies that claims to be disciplined in all things healthy hair. I definitely have some bad practices that I am not proud about. But t-shirt drying is one of those things that I’m a card-carrying fanatic about. Like… I can’t remember the last time I was in a salon. And I can’t say I have any plan to go to one any time soon, but if they tried to dry my hair with a towel… pssssh. I don’t know what would happen. (Watch me take my drying t-shirts to a salon though.)
*my favorite one (pictured above) is an old, long-sleeved, Ecko t-shirt. lol. Hey, 2001.
Sooo… I’m always kind of amazed when I read that protecting one’s hair at night is a practice that is not widely adopted.
Maaaan, look. I can’t remember the last time I ever slept with uncovered or unprotected hair. Seriously. I’m talking a 10+ year streak. Even back when I was regularly straightening my hair. I can’t even imagine sleeping without a scarf or bonnet or something.
I will say that I’m not a satin pillowcase girl. I sleep on a regular pillowcase. I don’t know… satin pillowcases just seem too fancy for my bed. lol. But my hair is always wrapped up in a scarf or a bonnet. And sometimes even both.
I don’t mean to downgrade its importance or anything like that… it’s a COMMANDMENT for goodness’ sake. It’s just one of those things that I do regularly without much thought. For me, it helps to keep my hair from re-tangling overnight which saves me time in the morning. That’s really all it’s about. Like I said about buns being a “protective style,” the fact that wrapping my hair up at night is considered good practice in hair health is really just a bonus.
I bought the Hair Therapy Wrap for the first time in May 2011 during the Kim Coles Grow Out Challenge. It has been part of my wash day regimen ever since. I feel like it has been the most constant and unchanged step in my regimen for that entire time.
Initially, at the original time of purchase, I remember I was trying to deep condition with heat for as long as I possibly could… sometimes even sleeping overnight with a conditioning treatment in my hair (which… I might still do if I start the wash regimen too late at night). But then, I read this post and was like… yeah. Maybe not.
So now, I usually deep condition with heat for about an hour… and that’s a lot better anyway because that overnight stuff would be turning wash day into wash WEEKEND sometimes. Ain’t nobody got time for all that.