Airdrying: The T-shirt Method

I remember seeing the t-shirt method in Hairlicious’s airdrying video and I have to be honest I underestimated the T-shirt’s role in the whole process.  I saw that she used a T-shirt to tie her hair up when it was wet and I just used a towel until I got a Twisty Turban microfiber towel, which I thought was sufficient.  Even though my airdried hair never came out as smooth as hers, I assumed that it was because my hair is not relaxed bone straight.

Years have gone by and I have been airdrying with my twisty towel… until about 2 months ago.  I wanted to airdry my hair but I couldn’t find my Twisty Towel.  So I opted to use an old t-shirt to airdry.  Welp, I’m sold.  I don’t even care about what happened to my towel.  This moment of poor organization on my part has opened my world to the T-shirt method of airdrying and I am one happy camper.  My airdried hair was significantly smoother than I’m used to.  And I’ve airdried my hair several times since this happy accident and every time I’ve been very pleased with the smoothness of my hair.  I wish I could show you a picture of my airdried hair when I don’t use the T-shirt method, but I couldn’t find anything (and I don’t plan on airdrying without it in the future).  But here is my airdried hair using the T-shirt Method:

This was days after airdrying. Only half of it is combed out.

16 Comments


  1. I love using a t-shirt to airdry and like you I hadn't really done it until a couple of months ago. My hair definitely feels way more moisturised this way. Your hair looks so smooth, lovely!


  2. I agree with that as well. It isn't as dry either, good point.


  3. Wow your hair looks really smooth! I've never tried the t-shirt method but I'll definitely give it a shot in the near future. Was your shirt 100% cotton?


  4. Yup, they are 100% cotton. I hope you like your results too.


  5. I recently discovered using a tshirt as well. I will never go back to using a towel. It really is the business.


  6. Nice!! I used to swear by the T-Shirt method but I fell off at some point….


  7. Do you leave the t-shirt on till your hair is completely dry?


  8. No, but I leave it on until it's mostly dry with just a few damp spots. Then I'll apply my leave ins and oils, tie a scarf around my edges and allow it to dry completely hanging down. After that it's usually up in a bun until my next wash day.


  9. when you say a few damp spots? how long would the t shirt have been on your hair?
    I T shirt dry for about 30mins before doing the scarf method. would you reommend leaving the t shirt on my hair for longer?


  10. Hey Eni,
    I left it on for 90 minutes plus each time I've used it. But I'm not sure what the optimal time is yet. For simplicity's sake I've left it in until it pretty much dry. When I remove the T-shirt, I apply my leave-ins, comb through my ends with a wide tooth comb, Tie a scarf around my edges, and occasionally I'll let it hang for a few minutes before putting it in a loose bun (which depends on if my hair is a little damp still).

    And when I say damp spots, I mean my hair is dry with the exception of a few barely damp spots.

    I hope that was helpful.


  11. I've always heard people ranting about the "t-shirt" method. but i never looked into their reasoning behind it. i love the way your hair came out! im def. gonna consider trying the t-shirt on my next wash day. jux kinda wish i would found your blog yesterday before i washed and towel dried >_< lol!


  12. Lol. Thanks for the comment. I hope you like your results next wash using the T-shirt!


  13. It's crazy how the t-shirt makes such a difference, but I'm hooked now.

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