How to Keep Hair Dry in Shower – 6 Easy Solutions

Sometimes you are in a hurry. Your alarm didn’t go off, or you need to go someplace but you would like to take a shower first.

Getting your hair in great shape can be a time-consuming task and sometimes it is better to shower without making your hair wet. You save time, it looks great just as is and you don’t have to do all the work again!

But what are some good options to keep your hair dry in the shower? We’ll discuss exactly that in this article.

How to keep hair dry in the shower

When you think about how to keep hair dry in the shower, a shower cap is probably the first thing that pops into your mind but that’s not the only thing you can do (if you’re not a fan of shower cap).

Keeping your hair dry while showering can be beneficial to your hair when you, for example, want to get the best out of the deep conditioning treatment you did earlier. It can also be helpful to keep your har dry when you already took a shower that day and don’t want to wash your hair again (saves a lot of time!).

Read on to find out how to keep your hair dry in the shower.

1. Use a shower cap

Using a shower cap is the easiest and best way to keep your hair dry in the shower. They are specifically made to keep your hair dry, are easy to put on and easy to take off. A shower cap is 100% waterproof so you can be assured that your hair stays dry during the shower.

Even though it’s easy to put on a shower cap, you can still do it wrong. So, here’s how to put on a shower cap the right way.

– Put your hair in a messy bun
– Put the palm of your hand on your neck (below the messy bun you just made)
– Put the edge of the shower cap on the nape of your neck
– Grab the other side of the shower cap and stretch it over the top of your forehead (just where the front of your hair ends)
– Adjust the shower cap so that the loose ends of your hair are also in your shower cap

2. Use a towel

Using a towel instead of a shower cap can also help protect your hair from the water. When you wrap the towel around your hair, it will form a protective layer for your hair. It will help with keeping your hair protected from splashes and light amounts of water. Now, this method is a valid option when you don’t have a shower cap, but I have to mention that it can happen that the towel gets soggy with too much water or steam. That can still lead to a bit of damp hair.

Some people prefer to use a dry towel because it keeps the steam out better than a shower cap. This is of course entirely up to you. Now, a regular towel might not stay twisted in the shower so it might be better for you to use a turban wrap towel. You can buy a Microfiber hair towel turban wrap on Amazon for about

3. Use a plastic grocery bag to protect your hair

If you don’t own a shower cap or don’t want to use a towel, it is a good idea to use a plastic grocery bag to keep your hair dry under the shower. It is very simple to use. 

Grab a regular grocery bag and place the bag over your hair. Tuck every hair you have under the grocery bag and use the handles of the bag to tie the bag at the base of your neck. You can then adjust it so that it sits perfectly for you.

Just like the shower cap, you can choose to pin your hair down to get an even better fit. This way you can experiment with a “shower cap” in a very inexpensive way!

4. Change the angle of the shower head

Where using a grocery bag is already an inexpensive way to keep your hair dry under the shower, adjusting the angle of the showerhead is even more inexpensive and a quick and easy way to keep your hair dry.

You should aim it so that the water comes further down your body. This way your hair remains dry and you can take a relaxing shower!

I have to mention that this method works best when your bathroom has good ventilation. When there isn’t enough ventilation, the humidity can cause some frizz in your hair. Another thing that works well is to not only change the direction of the shower head, but to also put your hair into a but and keeping your shoulders hair-free. this way you’re almost 100% certain that your hair stays dry in the shower!

5. Make use of a handheld shower head

This might be something that you haven’t thought about, but using a handheld showerhead is something that can works exceptionally well when you want to keep your hair dry in the shower

a handheld showerhead is great because you control where the water hits you. You can even control the speed and the pressure if you go for a nice shower stick! This is one of the easiest (and fastest) ways to keep your head dry!

6. Take a bath!

Taking a bath is a great way to easily keep your hair dry (and it’s relaxing too). There’s almost no downside because there is no water splashing that could cause wet hair. Now, if you have long hair it can still be a good idea to put your hair in a bun. When you have short to medium hair, this isn’t something to worry about and you can just enjoy your bath with dry hair!

If you have a bath that stands on its own, you can also put your hair over the edge so that you are certain that it doesn’t become wet. If you have a bath where this is no option, you can still put your hair outside the bath and use a towel behind you to keep your hair dry.

If you go for a shower cap, Which one is the best at keeping your hair dry?

Shower cap with silk lining

A shower cap with silk lining will keep your hair silky smooth so that you do not have to spend enormous amounts of time getting your hair ready. It will also protect your hair from the shower steam frizz.

If you have natural curls (colored or not colored) you really should go for a shower cap with a silk lining. It maybe is more expensive than a normal one but it will keep your hair very smooth and dry in the shower. This means that you don’t need as much product anymore afterward and that means that you don’t need to wash your hair as often as you’re doing and that means healthier hair!

A shower cap with a really good elastic band

If you have long and weighty hair, it is good to know that you probably do best with a shower cap with a strong elastic band. This will prevent that the shower cap slips off and that your hair becomes wet. Most (cheaper ones) shower caps can’t handle much hair due to its weight so it is better to go with a shower cap that is strong enough.

The slightly nicer ones

I mentioned this already above, but what I mean with “the nicer ones”, is that you go for a shower cap that is a little more expensive than the basic ones. The cheapie shower caps don’t work as well as the slightly more expensive but nicer ones.

In my opinion, it is better to invest in something that you know works, than to save a couple of bucks and have to see for yourself that it isn’t working as well as it should be.

Final thoughts

Now you know how to keep your hair dry in the shower! Most commonly a shower cap is used to avoid getting your hair wet in the shower. The thing that is important for you to take away from this article is that it is better to invest in a shower cap with quality than to go the cheap round. Your hair is precious and you should try to keep it that way :).

If you aren’t ready to try a shower cap just yet, you can always go for a regular plastic bag. You can experiment with it to see if you like such a thing, you can do this when you do not have a shower cap with you or just when you are in an enormous hurry!

A towel can also be a great solution to keep your hair from getting wet in the shower. Just know that a regular towel might not hold the way a turban towel would.

I hope you also took away that there are lots of other options out there. You can go for adjusting the angle of the showerhead, a handheld showerhead, or just take a bath! A lot of options for you to try! Have fun experimenting with all the options!

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Joy-Lee Founder and writer of wevaluebeauty.com

Joy-Lee

Hi, my name is Joy-Lee and I'm the owner of wevaluebeauty.com. As you might've noticed, I'm a true beauty lover, and made it my passion, my work and my hobby. I love sharing my thoughts and feelings on a variety of beauty aspects and want to thank you for reading!