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Curlease vs. store-bought microfiber?

Hi there! I'm pretty sick of having to wait for 3-ish hours for my hair to dry, and I just read in another thread that a Curlease towel can greatly minimize drying time. I've heard similar things about, say, Target- or Sally-bought microfiber towels, and I was wondering if anyone has compared the two? I'm all for the lower cost and local availability of a drugstore alternative to the Curlease, so long as the results are the same. So, will any microfiber towel work, or should I splurge on a Curlease?
Hair type: 3a, medium porosity (??), medium texture
Final sulfate wash: April 14, 2009
Co-wash: Suave Pomegranate
Conditioner: GVPCB, AOHR, Garnier Triple Nutrition
Products: Experimenting with KCKT and KCCC

My hair loves:
Olive oil
LVPNG
...still trying to figure out what else!

My hair hates:
ACV
Biotera Curl Creme (?)
A-cone

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  • mamacita1603mamacita1603 Posts: 316Registered Users
    Microfiber towel didn't work so well for me, it doesn't hurt to check out the flour sack towel thread....
    Type: 3b-healthy hair*medium texture* normal porosity?
    Shampoo: SC Optimum, Luster's Pink,Curliscious Cleansing Cream
    Conditioner: Coconut Sublime, Giovanni 50:50, CJ CASD
    Leave-In: CJ Beauticurls
    DT: Silicon Mix
    Styling: Eco Styler, KCCC/KCKT, BRHG, AOMM

    Holy Grail: Flour Sacking*modified method* AOMM, ECO Styler-Krystal
    Expiermenting with: Whatever i can get my hands on:twisted:
    Hair Hates: Vegetable glycerin/waxes:sad11:
    *Always going to be a Pj until i find all my HG's:love5:
  • GillsGills Posts: 77Registered Users
    Microfiber towel didn't work so well for me, it doesn't hurt to check out the flour sack towel thread....

    Oh, I'd forgotten about those! Thank you very much for mentioning them! =D
    Hair type: 3a, medium porosity (??), medium texture
    Final sulfate wash: April 14, 2009
    Co-wash: Suave Pomegranate
    Conditioner: GVPCB, AOHR, Garnier Triple Nutrition
    Products: Experimenting with KCKT and KCCC

    My hair loves:
    Olive oil
    LVPNG
    ...still trying to figure out what else!

    My hair hates:
    ACV
    Biotera Curl Creme (?)
    A-cone
  • marinacurlzmarinacurlz Posts: 1,720Registered Users
    I have luck with a plain white undershirt(my hubby's old ones). The old ones seems to absorb the best.
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    3B w/3A underneath

    Medium texture
    Average porosity

    Crazy-picky hair; likes some oils and proteins, but not others, can tolerate some glycerin.

    Current products-
    Co-wash: Suave/Vo5/TJ Refresh
    Rinse out & Leave in: Suave Tropical Coconut/Garnier Triple Nutrition
    Gel: Herbal Essences Set Me Up/Aussie Tizz No Frizz
  • nuska05nuska05 Posts: 7Registered Users
    Gills wrote: »
    Hi there! I'm pretty sick of having to wait for 3-ish hours for my hair to dry, and I just read in another thread that a Curlease towel can greatly minimize drying time. I've heard similar things about, say, Target- or Sally-bought microfiber towels, and I was wondering if anyone has compared the two? I'm all for the lower cost and local availability of a drugstore alternative to the Curlease, so long as the results are the same. So, will any microfiber towel work, or should I splurge on a Curlease?

    I've used both. My microfiber towel does a better job of removing excess water than my curlease towel. I can say pre CG my curlease towel was a better frizz control than the microfiber one. Now my microfiber one is better.
    Anne
    Med to high pourosity, fine to medium texture
    Cowash: Vo5
    Rinse: Bioinfusion Hydrating Balm, Burts Bees More Moisture
    Leave in: kckt
    Sylers: Ecostyler, kccc, HESMU gel, HEMSU mousse
    Still working to tame the frizz.
  • kellygreen49kellygreen49 Posts: 625Registered Users
    So far a t-shirt has worked best for me. Try a couple different fabric blends to see what works best, lol.
    Cuts my drying time in half.
    3A~fine texture
    Cleanser: GiovanniTTTT, Deva Low Poo
    Condish: Deva One C, GiovanniTTTT, GVP Balm
    Styler: Deva ArcANGELL, HESMU, AG Mousse Gel
    Want to try: CJ Gellie, Hand Dry Hair Glove, BRHG
    I <3 second day hair :iconbiggrin:
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  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    I much prefer flour sack towels, t-shirts, or Curlease over micro-fiber - they just make me frizzy and mess up my definition and clumping. This goes for using them for blotting, scrunching or plopping.

    I have three different brands of micro-fibers and definitely wouldn't re-purchase any of them.

    If you particularly want a Curlease, for local purchase, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Ulta usually have them near me.
    2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

    Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

    HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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  • wookiemousewookiemouse Posts: 295Registered Users
    Curlease, to me, is more comparable to a flour sack. No way is it microfiber, it's like apples and oranges.

    If you're looking for something t-shirt like, the Curls Like Us towels are made of similar fabric.

    I haven't tried microfiber because I've heard not-so-great things about it. I LOVE my Curlease towel, it's great for plopping. I usually plop 1-2 hours and it will dry my hair significantly during that time. If I need to scrunch out extra moisture, then I use a Curls Like Us towel. I used to use an old t-shirt but my hair would soak through that SO fast. The CLU towel is a lot more substantial.

    Stacy
    3a/some b, med/high porosity, med texture

    My current HGs:
    Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut, VO5 Strawberries & Cream
    Conditioner: Deva OneC
    Leave-in: Shea M, Deva B'Leave In
    Cremes: CIAB, pink Boots
    Gels: BRHG

    CG since 2/07 and loving it!
  • curl goddesscurl goddess Posts: 217Registered Users
    I buy large mf towels in the auto department of target or walmart for about 6-7 bucks and they work great. Ive been using about 3 years now. The trick is to only keep your hair in them for not more than 10 minutes, then air dry the rest of the way or use a blowdryer, whatever your routine is. The xlarge size towel that comes in a single package is the best size.
    3a long thick -botticelli hair when there is humidity
    2c wavy w/curls if there isnt.
    currently using Bioterra & KMF in winter
    Jessicurl styling in summer
    Natures Gate poo & condish
    Thank you NC for bringing me back to curly!
  • AlexjoujouAlexjoujou Posts: 2,364Registered Users
    I have luck with a plain white undershirt(my hubby's old ones). The old ones seems to absorb the best.

    Me too. You know they are REALLY good because I ask my EX for them! :toothy3:

    They're the best when they are washed multiple times and pretty threadbare!
    FIA 2c/3aFi

    Done experimenting! Loving Spiral Solutions products!

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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    auntnett wrote: »
    I much prefer flour sack towels, t-shirts, or Curlease over micro-fiber - they just make me frizzy and mess up my definition and clumping. This goes for using them for blotting, scrunching or plopping.

    I have three different brands of micro-fibers and definitely wouldn't re-purchase any of them.

    If you particularly want a Curlease, for local purchase, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Ulta usually have them near me.

    ITA. I have 2 curlease towels - one is just starting to wear alot. I just picked up some of the flour sack towels at Target-4 of them for $9 I think. They work well too. Before I bought the curlease I did use an old tshirt. The micro-fibers seem to 'catch' my hair. Not good. I have seen the curlease in some BB&B but not in others so it can be hit or miss but that is where I got my 2nd one.
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  • runnerchickirunnerchicki Posts: 475Registered Users
    I buy large mf towels in the auto department of target or walmart for about 6-7 bucks and they work great. Ive been using about 3 years now. The trick is to only keep your hair in them for not more than 10 minutes, then air dry the rest of the way or use a blowdryer, whatever your routine is. The xlarge size towel that comes in a single package is the best size.

    This is what I use too. I have a small one and an X-large one. My small one I keep handy just for blotting, and I use the large one for a very short duration plop. Works great, and I get no frizz. Best of all, the microfiber doesn't seem to soak all of the product out of my hair.
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