Are you frustrated by curls that go flat after just a few hours or don’t hold their shape? If so, you might want to give plopping a try! The plopping method requires you to wrap your still wet curls up in a t-shirt, so they dry holding their original shape. Plopping will also help your curls dry with less frizz, since they’ll have less time exposed to their air and elements while drying.
What you’ll need to start plopping:
An old, soft t-shirt
Hair gel or any curl defining product you like to use
What to do:
Plopping is a great technique to do at night right before you go to bed. This allows your curls to dry overnight and you get to sleep through it.
Wash your curls then remove any excess water with a microfiber towel. You don’t want your curls to be sopping wet.
Section your curls and apply gel generously throughout, making sure each strands gets covered.
Lay your t-shirt out on a flat surface, such as your bed or a countertop.
Place your head down in the center of the shirt. Allow your curls to pile up on top of themselves and then press your head down on top.
Fold up the bottom of the shirt and place it against your hairline at the back of your neck. Pull the sides of the shirt together and begin twisting them together. Take the sides of the shirt you were twisting and tie into a knot at the back of your head.
Once your knot is secure, you can adjust to make sure it’s comfortable for you.
Head to bed or allow your curls to sit for several hours to dry completely. In the morning, leave the t-shirt on until you’re ready to finish styling your curls. Remove the t-shirt and follow your curls’ natural pattern to apply more gel. You can also scrunch it in to encourage curls to hold their shape better.
Enjoy your new plopped curls!