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How to Wrap a Towel Turban for Drying Long Hair

Updated on April 28, 2013

When you have long hair, drying and styling it is a lot of work! Using a towel turban to dry your long hair will save you time, put your towel to work drying your hair while allowing you to do other things and will keep that long, wet hair off your face and back, which can be annoying.

Products for Towel-Turbaning Your Hair

In an effort to make towel-turbaning your hair easier (and to make some money), some companies have made towel turbans for you. Because it's pretty simple to wrap a towel turban by yourself, I don't believe that these products are necessary. However, it might worth investing a smaller, lighter towel than your bath towels to use a towel turban. Using a light one will hold better and you will feel that it's easier to move around without a big, bulky bath towel on your head. Some of the favorite hair towels are listed below.

How to Wrap a Towel Turban in 6 Easy Steps

Rapunzel will be our model for step-by-step visual instructions, because, who has more longer hair than Rapunzel?

  1. Gently pat hair dry to remove excess moisture (vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel can cause frizzies).
  2. Bend over so that your hair falls toward the ground.
  3. Center the towel and drape across the back of your head so the long ends are hanging down past your ears and by your hanging hair.
  4. Grab the ends on the towels and twist together, with your hair being wrapped in the center.
  5. Stand up straight and continue twisting the towel until tight.
  6. Throw the twists over the top of your head and tuck the ends into the part of the towel that's against your neck. You can tuck the towel in on the sides by your ears or wherever it can reach and that is comfortable for you.

And that's it! You have now tied a towel turban.

How to Tie a Towel Turban Step-by-Step with Photos

Hi, I'm Rapunzel and I'm going to show you how to tie a towel turban.
Hi, I'm Rapunzel and I'm going to show you how to tie a towel turban. | Source

Steps 1 & 2: Pat dry excess moisture from hair and bend forward so hair falls to the floor


Step 3: Drape the towel across your head


Step 4: Grab the ends of the towel and begin twisting

Steps 5 & 6: Flip your head up and continue twisting until tight. Tuck in the ends.


You've just tied a towel turban!


Dry Hair Faster

Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny Serum, Unisex 5.10 oz
Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny Serum, Unisex 5.10 oz

This shine serum by Paul Mitchell helps hair to dry faster while smoothing and protecting.


More Tips for Drying Long Hair

  • Always pat hair dry, never rub. Rubbing can cause frizz and damage hair.
  • Use a shine serum to protect and smooth. Some shine serums even help the hair to dry faster.
  • Use heat protecting products when styling to prevent damage.
  • Pulling your hair in a tight ponytail while the hair is wet can cause breakage. Allow the hair to air dry before pulling it up or use clips instead of pony tail holders.
  • Finish blow drying your hair will a blast of cool air to close hair follicles and to smooth and shine your hair.
  • Allow your hair to air dry whenever possible to reduce the amount of damage your hair may be subjected to by using heat-styling tools.
  • Blow dry your hair upside down to remove excess moisture as well as to put some extra body and volume into your hair before section-drying your hair. This will encourage the hair to lift away from the roots, preventing the hair from looking to flat against your head.
  • When using a hair dryer, always keep the air moving.
  • Don't use metal brushes when blow drying your hair, as they can get your hair unnecessarily hot and cause damage.
  • Flaunt your gorgeous long hair!

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      princess sitali 3 years ago

      It was Cute using the doll Rapunzel

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      Ramona Jar 4 years ago from Romania

      I recently cut my hair short. I disliked all the hassle a long hair is giving me. Wished I knew about this though, good tutorial ;)