Worth It: Less Expensive And More Useful Than A Prada Turban


Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn’t get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that’s how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our daily recommendation of random things that we’ve actually spent our own money on. These are the things we buy regularly or really like, things we’d actually tell our friends about. And now we’re telling you.

Over the past decade, my hair has ranged in length from chin to nipples. But no matter where it falls, my hair drives me nuts when it’s wet, because it’s so…wet. I feel like I can never really get my back or shoulders dry because it’s dripping everywhere; if I try to wrap up my hair in a towel before drying off the rest of my body, I have to spend 10 seconds cold, naked, and wet while I take care of the damn hair. Unless it’s blistering hot, I hate those 10 seconds.

And the basic towel-turban solution, you see, doesn’t cut it. I’m a petite gal (5’1 and 3/4″ — and that 3/4″ means the world to me) with a petite skull, and even basic, modestly-sized bath towels are too big to stay balanced atop my head for more than 2 minutes. I need the towel to stay put for a bit, because I usually go right back to the computer right after I shower, and I won’t really stop to take care of my hair for another 30 minutes, easily. (The bloggin’ life, god love it.)

Enter the Turbie Twist. I ran across them hanging on one of those “as seen on TV” racks at Bed Bath & Beyond. It looked ridiculous, but I’m ridiculous about the wet hair thing, so hey.

The Turbie Twist is a thin-but-absorbent towel, shaped kind of like a hood. The curvature of the fabric wraps easily around your head. Twist it up, fasten it in place with a little elastic loop that’s attached, and that hair is out of your face. It’s super easy, and it stays put. You can control how tightly you wrap it; these are one-size-fits-all. I’ll go an hour with the thing on my head before I remember that it’s there. And when I finally do take it off, I only need to spend 2 minutes with the hair dryer.

That’s all. It’s kind of silly, the name is horrid, but the product is wonderfully simple. I love it.

Turbie Twist, 4 for $19.99 at Turbietwist.com.

Worth It only features things we paid for ourselves and actually like. Don’t send us stuff.

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