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Sherri Richards, Published April 24 2013

Thursday review: Turbie Twist a nifty way to dry your hair

FARGO – I don’t like to blowdry my hair, so The Original Turbie Twist Super-Absorbent Hair Towel box called to me.

“Less blow drying!” it promised. “Stays in place!”

I plucked a box from a display at Wal-Mart and purchased it for $4.98.

Inside was a yellow microfiber towel, shaped like a rounded triangle. You pull the towel over the back of your head, tuck your hair into the tapered end, twist and tuck the twisted end into a loop on the back of your head.

The product’s website shows a cotton version is also available, as well as a variety of colors and prints. The microfiber towel is apparently the latest release, which is why The Original Turbie Twist box also proclaimed “New!” (It’s a pet peeve of mine when products try to play both sides, like “new and improved!”)

My Turbie Twist felt a lot like the microfiber cleaning cloths I use, soft and sort of sticky.

The first time I wrapped it around my head, pieces of my hair stuck out of the twist so it looked pretty wacky. But once I got all my hair tucked in and twisted right, I was pleasantly surprised.

The resulting turban is lightweight and comfortable, especially compared to the full-size towel I usually wrap around my head. At first it felt like the towel may fall off, but it stayed in place, even when I tried to shake it off.

It was small enough that I could pull a shirt over my head even while still wearing the Turbie Twist. And it did seem to soak up more water than a regular towel.

I could also wrap my hair in the Turbie Twist when it was dry. It’d work well while taking a bubble bath or putting on makeup.

I then tried the towel on my 5-year-old daughter. It fit her head as well, and she thought it was comfortable.

The Turbie Twist is machine washable, though like other microfiber products, tends to attract small pieces of lint in the dryer.

Bottom line: While not a life-changer, the microfiber Turbie Twist is a less bulky hair drying alternative.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sherri Richards at (701) 241-5556