Place towel on a flat surface. Lower curls, then head, onto the middle of the towel. Flip the towel over the back of your head and twist to tie. Curls are now piled on top of your head, encouraging curl formation as they dry — particularly helpful for looser curls.
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If you have porous curls — if your hair tends to absorb and lose moisture easily — leave the towel on for 15-20 minutes while you get dressed and do your skincare routine.
Normal-porosity and looser curl types can benefit from leaving the towel on longer (up to 2 hours); experiment and see what works best for you.
After removing the towel, leave hair to air dry, diffuse, or use a hooded dryer. Try not to touch your curls while they're drying, since this creates frizz. Once curls are completely dry, tip head forward and shake at the roots, then scrunch to break the gel cast and create volume.
To care for your towel: machine wash, but please do not tumble dry.