I started using the "plopping" technique after being frustrated that the ends of my curly hair were going flat and straightening out. I figured maybe it was time for a trim to get some of the dead ends off and increase the curl, but even after the trim the ends were still not springing up. So after to reading up on plopping, I decided to give it a try. The first couple of times were a little off as I figured it all out, but once I got the technique down and figured out a system to do it I got great results. It's been several months now that I've been plopping and I now I'm hooked.
Now that you know why I "plop" let me share with you how I do it...
For supplies you will need...
1. A t-shirt...I love, love, love this vintage style shirt of Brandon's I borrowed (and have never given back). it's very worn in and super soft, this makes it much more comfortable for me to wear when I'm "plopping". Although I can't find this actual shirt, here's a similar one. I've tried using basic long-sleeve shirts but the longer sleeves just mean more fabric I have to wrap around my head, which I don't find to be very comfortable. Also in case you're wondering, this one is a size XL and I think it makes for a great plopping fit.
2. Some hair gel... I use my homemade "flax seed hair gel" that you can find in this post. I love this one because it is simple and easy to make with just brown flax seeds and water, even better it only costs 18 cents to make! Feel free to use whatever hair gel you like though as this technique works with all hair products.
|My flax seed hair gel.|
Now here's my plopping routine:
As I said above, I like to plop while I sleep, this means I take a shower and wash my hair before bed.
Now let's start the steps...
1. Wash my hair and wrap it up in a Turbie Twist microfiber towel to absorb most of the extra water.
I leave this in for about 5-10 minutes while I put on lotion and get dressed.
2. Then I take out the Turbie Twist, gently brush my hair with a wide-tooth comb, and apply some hair gel to each section. I find that combing out my hair decreases the tangles and the flax gel decreases the frizz.
4. Then start to place your hair down onto the center of the shirt. I try to think of it like an accordion, let your hair pile on top of itself and then press the top of your head into the hair.
5. Now fold up the bottom of the shirt and place it at the base of your hairline/neck.
8. Now you're ready to lift up and start adjusting. I always check the front of the plop to make sure my "part" is correct. Meaning the hair in the front is on the right side. Trust me, you do not want to have it sit for 6-7 hours in the same position if the hair is on the wrong side of the part...no fun! So I always just feel in a little and smooth down both sides of the front of my part.
This is all about preference. personally I don't like any extra shirt that hangs down so I tuck as much as I can into the wrapped up plop, and as you can see, sometimes a mirror helps with this.
10. Then I'm all plopped and ready to go to bed...my eyes are looking pretty tired! I then leave it on while I sleep all night (on most nights) to achieve the best curly results.
Happy spring curls, no heat, no electricity, no expensive curl gels required!
So what do you think, will you give plopping a try? If you have curly hair, what's your favorite way to style it? Have you ever tried plopping? Share your thoughts below!