Have you ever thought about plopping your curls for tighter, shinier, and more defined strands? If so, you're not alone! More curly girls are embracing plopping, which sounds kind of weird but works really well to style your strands. Essentially, wet curls are gently plopped on top of your head, and held in place with a t-shirt or towel. This allows your curls to dry in place, while retaining their overall natural shape and health. Read on to learn more secrets you didn't know about plopping curls, and how you can get the most of this easy technique.
Why does it work?
Ultimately, plopping helps reduce the friction your curls go through when drying. Your curls will be protected by the microfiber towel or t-shirt, and allowed to dry evenly. Additionally, you won't be scrubbing your curls dry with a terry cloth towel, which can lead to frizz and breakage.
What are the benefits?
As mentioned above, plopping can help your curls take on their natural shape, and hold it better. It also allows your curls to dry without damaging your strands using heat to hasten the process. This slower, even drying process ensures strands are able to absorb all the benefits from the products you use, such as leave-in conditioner, and won't be a frizzy, puffy mess after. You may also notice your strands stay styled longer, and your curl holds better for a few days after plopping.
How long does it take?
We're all looking for ways to cut down on our curl care routine time, so for some this technique may be in. Depending on the length of your curls, it can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes to get to 80-85% dryness. After you've plopped, you can finish with a diffuser and low heat, or air dry. If you have the time, you can also plop your curls overnight, and touch up strands in the morning. You can decide how to approach it in a way that works best for you.