I have lots of thick hair. So I towel dry then usually go to bed. But when I wake up in the morning it’s still damp, so I have to blow dry it then. It’s a bit of a pain in the ass. But if I tried to blow dry it all I’d be drying for at least 30 minutes.
Towel dry and then use a curling blow dryer that I got from Morningsave for free a while back! It works for taming the sides where it wants to go outwards like clown-hair instead of sedately curling under.
I used to blow dry the life out of my curly locs but when I came to my sense (35 years ago) everything got a whole lot easier! Just a tiny bit of styling glaze makes my ringlets perfect after it’s air dried.
If you have long hair you should never towel dry it. It breaks the follicle .I have these:
BEoffer 3 Pack Microfiber Hair Towel
Super Absorbent Twist Turban for Fast Drying Curly, Long & Thick Hair https://a.co/d/iQWdFvr
and put my hair in this out of the shower and it will get it reasonably dry. Then comb it out with a wide tooth comb. If I have time I let it air dry almost completely (or if I have to blow dry it I will, but I hate it) then I use a paddle styler to get a blow out look.
@Fuzzalini I use one of those turban things, too. I’m growing my hair to donate, so I want to keep it as healthy as possible. I wrap it in the turban and squeeze it from time to time while I finish my post-shower routine. When I take the turban off, I spray Aussie Hair Insurance all over it and comb the top enough to part my hair, then let it air dry. (I don’t have the patience to blow-dry it, plus it’s hard on your hair.) When it’s mostly dry, I finger comb it to untangle it, and once it’s completely dry, I brush it. I also use hair oil on the ends to keep them from drying out too much.