Does This Gigantic, Super-Soft Towel Really Dry Long Hair Faster Than a Regular Towel?

I tested this lightweight, portable towel against my usual terry-cloth one to see if it's worth it.
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I tested this lightweight, portable towel against my usual terry-cloth one to see if it's worth it.

One of the downsides to committing to super-long hair is having to deal with a lengthy drying time. Even after I've spent about an hour getting ready for the evening, my hair is still damp enough to leave water streaks on my chest if I wear it down. Add to that the fact that I have a ton of hair, which makes the hair-drying process even slower.

We all know hair dryers and flash-dry oils exist for this inconvenience, and they work even better when used together. However, I'm more of a fan of towel-drying (followed by air-drying, of course). Towels are simple, reliable, don't require an outlet, and aren't annoyingly loud. They're awesome. I mean, what's there to improve?

Well, I recently found out there's another type of towel on the market, and it's meant specifically for drying hair and is supposed to be even better in terms of absorbency and gentleness. It's the Aquis Essentials Lisse Luxe Long Hair Towel (there's a regular version, too, for people with shorter hair).

The orange thingy is a hair tie, which is a nice touch.

The orange thingy is a hair tie, which is a nice touch.

The Aquis Lisse Luxe Long Hair Towel is made of Aquitex, a fabric woven from ultra-fine fibers that's supposed to make the towel really soft and gentle on the hair. The package claims it'll reduce breakage, frizz and cut down on blow-dry time (I am assuming this means compared to a regular heavy towel).

I got a hold of this while raiding the xoVain beauty cabinets a few weeks ago (thanks, Marci!), and I knew I had to test it out. Here's what I thought of it.

First Impressions

When I first took this home, I was skeptical about how well this would work for my hair, especially since the towel is so thin. But as soon as you take it out of the packaging, you realize it really isn't your typical towel texture-wise. True to what its packaging states, it is very soft and gentle. That made me raise an eyebrow and consider the possibility that it might have an edge over my regular towel somehow.

Here it is folded a bunch of times.

Here it is folded a bunch of times.

It's also really long. It measures 19 x 52 inches, which is a bit overwhelming, but totally necessary if you have Rapunzel hair.

My camera couldn't zoom out enough, but you get the point. This towel is LONG.

My camera couldn't zoom out enough, but you get the point. This towel is LONG.

Testing It Out

To see if it was really absorbent, I stacked this up against my regular, long-fibered, heavy towel, which I've been using for years. I used the Aquis towel on one side of my head, and used my regular towel on the other side. 

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As the packaging suggested, I used a patting motion to dry my hair with this, and I also used a patting motion using my heavy towel on the other side. I spent equal amounts of time drying my hair with both towels.

The Aquis Long Hair Towel on the left and my regular Ralph Lauren towel on the right.

The Aquis Long Hair Towel on the left and my regular Ralph Lauren towel on the right.

Does It Really Cut Drying Time?

Honestly, I really couldn't tell the difference! My hair was evenly dried on both sides after my little experiment. Maybe it's because my hair doesn't fit its ideal-for category because it's straight and thick (the website says it's ideal for hair that's curly, fine, aging or prone to damage), but the Aquis towel wasn't that much more effective at drying my hair than my good old towel. Unfortunately, I can't comment on frizz since I don't think I usually experience that unless I curl my hair.

That said, I'm not disappointed because the Aquis Towel does have some good points:

  • If your regular towels are too short for your hair, then the long-hair size of this towel would be a good investment. My hair is waist-length, and I have no problem wrapping it all up with this towel.
  • Since it's lightweight, it stays in place on my head pretty well when I wrap my hair up right after I get out of the shower. My regular towel sometimes collapses on my head while I'm doing my makeup. Ugh.
  • If you're traveling, this would be neat to include in your luggage since it won't take up much space, and it can work just as well as a heavy towel.
  • Lastly, it just feels more luxurious and ooh-la-la than your standard towel. If this is the reason you're interested in it, I get you. I buy $8 soaps sometimes, and I don't regret it.
I could wrap all long hair in this!

I could wrap all long hair in this!

The Bottom Line

Although the Aquis Essentials Lisse Luxe Long Hair Towel didn't outperform my regular heavy, long-fibered towel in terms of drying my hair, it has some benefits that might make it worth the splurge, such as the fact that it's lightweight, super-soft, and easy to carry around.

  • Have you ever used a towel for long hair?
  • Do you have a favorite towel for drying your hair? 
  • How long does it take you to dry your hair?