As far as life-changing beauty products go, the Aquis hair towel is high on my list. It’s one of my heavyweight holy grail products, like the Shu Uemura Lash Curler, T3 hairdryer and MAC Blot Powder, and it gets its own special place on my shelf (and in my heart).
The thing is like Bounty. It practically guzzles water, absorbing almost every drop of water from wet hair to significantly cut drying time, but I’ve still been trying to track down a cheaper alternative. Sure, $18 might not sound outrageous for something this great, but a cheaper version would mean being able to buy a spare, or two.
Enter the Turbie Twist Super-Absorbent Hair Towel. This lightweight, 100% cotton towel is basically supposed to do what the Aquis does, which is cut way down on your drying time, and it’s supposed to do it for about half the price. Wait — better than half. You get two towels for $10, versus the Aquis at $18 for one.
Being a towel, it’s pretty simple to operate. Just place the oval-shaped Turbie Twist on your head, twist the towel with your hair inside, and then loop the towel through the attached elastic band in the back to keep it in place. Team Turbie says it works for both long and short hair (one size fits all).
I’m used to my rectangular Aquis towel, so working with the oval Turbie took some getting used to, but now I think it’s comfy. It’s certainly lightweight, and it fits snugly on my head. I also kinda like how it looks like a terry cloth fortune teller’s turban.
It even works as an improv shower cap. A couple of days ago, I wanted to take a shower but didn’t want to get my hair wet, so I wrapped it in a Turbie Twist to keep it nice and dry.
Now, as far as overall absorbency, the Aquis has the Turbie beat. When I wrap my soaking wet hair up with the Aquis and let it sit for just 15 minutes, it dries as well as mortal towels do in an hour or longer. The Turbie Twist, however, leaves so much water in my hair that it actually drips and runs down my back.
The price is right, but in terms of performance, the Turbie Twist sits somewhere between the Aquis and mere mortal towels. It’s not a bad deal, and I think it does cut drying time somewhat, but I was hoping for a little more.
PRICE: $10 for a pack of two Turbie Twists; available in white, blue, pink and purple
AVAILABILITY: Bed Bath & Beyond stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,