Product Type: Other Brands in Homeware
Newest Review: ... the product is a shaped turban style towel designed to fit over the head and secure wet hair into place. Using the towel is pret... more
It won't fall off your head
Member Name: Tracy_1127
Advantages: stays on, light, small, cheap, dries quickly
Disadvantages: hair can escape from the sides and back, uncomfortable to lay on
During Xmas I took a quick walk around our local Wilko's store and these Turbie Towels were hanging on practically every corner I passed. I passed them a few times without really looking then gave into temptation and picked one up. I noticed it was only 99p so thought I'd give one a try.
It comes in a box that explains how to use it, that it's the "wrap that won't fall off your head" and that it's perfect for saunas, facials, sun protection and hair drying. There is a picture of a woman wearing one on the front (as above) and the box is mostly pink. I've only ever seen these in Wilko's but you can probably buy them elsewhere too.
The Turbie Towel is supposed to be a way to wrap a towel around your wet hair and secure it so it doesn't fall off. I have hair almost to my shoulder blades and towels regularly unwind and fall off when I've washed my hair so this seemed like a great idea.
The towel itself is quite thin material, it looks a bit like a giant towelling comma with a semi-circle you place on your head and a long tail for the hair itself. The idea is you wash your hair then place this on your head, twist the tail section with your hair inside firmly and take it over to the back of your head where it can be tucked into an elastic loop at the back to secure it.
I bought one, took it home and washed it. The Turbie Towel is quite compact and folds down to about the size of a flannel so it would be a very convenient item to take away with you if you were short of suitcase space. It's very light and dries quite quickly too.
But does it work? Yes, it does stay on your head, the elastic loop is a bit fiddly to get the twisted towel inside but once in there it does stay put.
The downside is the twisted towelling is like a rope effect and this means you have this on the back of your head so if, like me, you wash your hair then get in the bath for a soak it's uncomfortable to lean on. With normal towels you can spread the material out behind your head to prevent this bulky lump effect but with the Turbie towel you can't.
Also I found my hair was making a break for it! Within a short space of time I had hair coming out of the Turbie at the sides and the back but not at the front. So half my hair stayed secure but the rest thought it was time for the great escape!
This makes it partially successful, it does stay on your head which is what they promise it will do but it doesn't seem to fit snugly enough around your hair to keep it all under the towel. The other small downside is it doesn't dry hair as much as a normal towel and I found my hair needed a lot more blow drying than usual.
Do I recommend it? I do actually. It is small, light, easy to pack into a bag or suitcase and dries quickly so there are plenty of good points about this Turbie towel. As hair doesn't fall down onto your face it's ideal for wearing when doing make up or a face pack but it doesn't hold all your hair inside for any length of time and can be uncomfortable to lay on.
For these reasons I'll give it 3 stars but it has plenty of pluses and as it costs only 99p doesn't break the bank either.
Summary: Recommended as a holiday item