Curly Hair? Why You Should Try Plopping


Today, we’re going to talk about plopping (because I’m reallllllyyyyyyyy tired of talking about twerking). Plopping (sometimes called plunking, which is a much better sounding name, in my opinion) is an offshoot of the Curly Girl method, the care and styling method for curly hair that basically revolutionized the curly-haired world a few years ago. Plopping’s a post-shower drying technique, how you get your hair from sopping wet to gorgeous, angelic, season-1-of-Felicity curls.

The basic idea behind plopping is this: Rather than using ye olde terrycloth towel as a turban (which can cause frizz and breakage) after you shower and apply product to your hair, you use a soft cotton t-shirt to wrap your head. And instead of twisting it all up on top of your head, you carefully twist and wrap the t-shirt so it curls around your ears. Here, let Puertoricanbeauty22 show you the method via YouTube:

See? If you have curly hair, the idea is that the t-shirt will sort of stack each curl on top of itself, making it springier and shapelier, while also adding volume at the roots—crucial for avoiding that triangular look curly hair can often get. You can keep your plop-turban on for about 20-30 minutes, while you do your morning routine, apply your makeup, listen to “Best Song Ever” on repeat (No? Yeah, like I’m the only 27-year-old woman who harbors a not-so-secret love for One Direction), whatever you want. When you take the t-shirt off, your hair is closer to dry and almost totally styled.

I’ve been plopping for, oh, maybe four or five years now. I have the type of super long, super thick, super curly hair that takes hours and hours to fully dry, so plopping is a great way to get some of the moisture out while also cutting down on frizz and helping to shape the curl.  I am not big on heat styling, even using a diffuser—my mom got me a blow dryer for Christmas last year and it’s never been taken out of the box—so I plop pretty much every day in the colder months, especially if I have somewhere I need to be in the morning.

Plopping, I’ve heard, is just as effective for wavy hair as for curly hair, especially if you’re trying to coax your wavy hair into becoming curlier (or just want a curlier style for a particular day).

So, do you plop? Would you plop? If you do plop, how do you plop? Please, let’s talk about plopping.


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    • Julia Sonenshein

      Going to try this this weekend.

      • Carrie Murphy

        Yay! Let me know what you think.

    • Tania

      I must try this!

    • elle

      I really wish I had seen this before I showered today (I only shower every other day) but I am excited to try it. My hair is wavy not curly so I’m interested in seeing the results.

      • GIGI

        Thanks for filling us in on your EVERY OTHER DAY hygiene routine, Sounds delightful. Ick.

      • Mariah

        Some people don’t need to shower daily. Why waste the water/soap/time if you don’t have to? Glad showering daily works for you, but no need to be rude about it.

      • elle

        Why is it ick? I have very thick very coarse
        hair that doesn’t get greasy every day. Please stop acting like just because I shower every other day means I only brush my teeth wear deodorant and wash my face every other day. Honestly I don’t really know why I feel like I have to defend myself to you but apparently I do.

      • Adi

        You actually really -shouldn’t- shower daily. Retaining natural oils and all that jazz. I’m sure elle is very hygienic and smells lovely.

        Is this creepy? Eh, you’ll live.

    • GIGI

      I really resent Chick-Fil-A (what a stupid spelling) posting ads over the top of this article making it difficult to read. Makes me NOT want to purchase anything from them.

    • Scarlett

      I need to perfect this but … it made my normally wavy hair curly. Thumbs up!!!

    • elle

      I was doubtful that this would really make a difference but it does! My hair is more curly then normal

    • Dee

      This is great information. I have just discovered my wavy/curly hair. I am looking for any information I can find to encourage the curls in my baby fine hair.. With a little more practice and trying different layering products I think it is going to be the best way to do it.. I have been trying to find a good hair dryer with a diffuser attachment. Any suggestions?
      Thanks so very much,