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When I first came across the Turbie Twist, I thought it was a brilliant idea. My mum had a go with one and though it was great as it not only fitted the shape of her upside down hair, it could be secured with a little elastic loop at the back, so unlike your normal towel it can't take on a life of it's own and start coming undone, getting in your face, etc.
All brilliant. Until I tried it. At the time my hair was longer than my mothers - hers was shoulder length, mine was a few inches longer. My hair is also considerably thicker than mums. It's heavy at the best of times, so when it's wet it will completely saturate a hand towel within a few minutes.
Needless to say, the Turbie Twist was soaked when wrapped round my freshly washed hair. It's 'one size fits all' approach, was also no good for my hair as it wasn't long enough which meant that the ends of my hair were poking out of the end of the Turbie Twist. I tried folding my hair up into it, but I still wasn't getting good coverage from it as this just increased the thickness of the hair...
In all, I think it's a great idea, but the Turbie Twist people should really think about different hair types and styles and cater for these adequately - they would get a lot more business if they did!
The Turbie Twist is one of the best bathroom products I have. Having long thick hair can be somewhat of a nuisance at times especially after washing. If you want to sit around and relax after a shower or bath sometimes having your hair wrapped in a bath towel can be a constraint. This becomes a really hard way to relax and get on with other things you may want to do whilst you leave your hair to towel dry. In these cases I always find myself taking off the towel and leaving my hair dripping wet leaving it not to dry as quick. The turbie twist is really easy to use, it has an elasticc loop attached to the hood like part on the back with the tail holding the ends of your hair, once you have all your hair in place you twist and it loops neatly into the elastic keeping firmly in place. I have very long hair almost to my bum and it still manages to hold all my hair in place comfortably. Once up you can easily get on with what you want to do with no difficulties. Also as the Turbie twist is super absorbent it means less time blow drying which damages your hair and if your hair is anything like mine takes forever to dry. Another practical feature of the turbie twist is that it keeps all your hair off your face making it very useful for applying makeup. It's also a very reasonable price, I found mine on amazon for £3.35 but I'm sure you could buy it even cheaper if you shopped around.
When I got my Turbie Twist years ago as a gimmicky sort of gift I had no idea how useful it would become.
One of a number of similar products on the market, the Turbie Twist is a specially shaped towel used for drying hair. You wrap it around your hair and then fasten it into place like a sort of turban. It stays put so you can then move around easily without the towel falling off and your hair falling down.
This is a niche sort of product, and one that is not strictly necessary for life. Certainly if you have short hair you'll probably have little use for one of these, and even those with longer locks could use a normal towel, twisting it round in the way every girl knows, to sit it on top of your head. So why am I rating the Turbie Twist so highly? Well...
The Turbie Twist is a very thin, microfiber towel. Mine is a bit fluffier than my travel towel, but is still much thinner than a normal thick bath towel. This is particularly useful when you're travelling as it dries quickly so can go in a backpack or suitcase quite soon after use without getting too smelly. It also means that you need a much smaller towel than normal as it is super absorbent, allowing you to save room in your bags for more important things. Like magazines. Or chocolate.
The towel is so easy to use. You tip your head forward and place the towel on from the back. The towel has a tapered design with a sort of pocket at the front which will hold even long hair. You then twist this pocket round and flip it back over, to tuck the end through the elastic loop at the back to secure it. There are no potentially painful pins or clips, but the elastic is enough to keep it snugly in place. You tuck through however much material is left over, meaning this fits a variety of head sizes. Because the towel is quite small and light, it's also a lot easier to plonk on your head than a regular sized towel - sometimes with those I end up doing a comedic stagger when I first twist them up as they throw me off balance.
I have had my Turbie Twist for many years and it has been through the washing machine many times. Over time it has lost its fluffiness and it now seems thinner than when I bought it, but it still works effectively and the drying time has not been affected. That said, I do think it shows that this is quite a cheaply made product. It's also faded from a bright white to a murkier white-ish colour but for use at home I really don't care.
Something I find a little odd about the Turbie Twist is how wet if feels. My travel towel gets a little damp but the Turbie gets really quite soggy. It wicks the water away from your hair quickly but said water then stays in the towel, and it is wet to the touch.
My hair dries much quicker with the Turbie than it does with other towels (with the exception of my travel towel) which reduces blow drying time. I still finish my hair off with a quick blast before straightening, but it gets maybe 90% dry on its own so it really is just a short sharp shock of hot air. Something I like about this towel is that it's easy to forget it's there, so you can get on with your morning routine, whether it be putting on make up or having your breakfast, with your hair drying in the background. It's also fab for swimming pools if you're trying to get dressed quickly as it keeps your hair up and out of the way.
Normally I prefer my travel kit to be multifunctional - a sarong that doubles as a blanket for the beach and so on. Due to the design, the Turbie Twist cannot be used to dry anything other than hair which is a bit limiting, but at the same time it is so small and light that I really don't mind, and it's much easier to bring this than throw in a second proper towel. Though there is less material in a Turbie Twist, because of the design you don't lose out, as the important bit, which it incorporates, is having enough length to deal with long hair.
In a nutshell:
* Easy to use
* Stays in place
* Reduces blow drying time
* Small and light
* Machine washable
* One size fits all
The Turbie Twist is available from a million websites online, but shop around as prices vary massively. I think anything up to £5 is a bargain.