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Plopping Method: The Best Technique to Dry Curly Hair

Plopping is a simple technique that uses a towel to absorb excess water by following specific steps to keep curls from frizzing.

Strong muscles you can get when trying to diffuse your curly hair, and dry the droplets of water falling from the ends of your curls, sometimes this task seems to take forever, and so it is when you let it air-drying.

However, we need a technique to cut down the drying time and maintain the curls definition at once, and that’s what we can get by using a plopping method. 

Unlike other drying methods that usually have side effects like undefined curls or wight curls down and lose volume, plopping focuses on those points while curly hair drying. So, the plopping method is an important technique used after applying styling products and before hair drying to shape your curls perfectly. 

What you need for the plopping method?

A microfiber towel and a cotton T-shirt are better than a regular towel because their surface is much softer and smoother, which reduces the friction meaning it is no-frizzy in the result. Above that, microfiber towel and T-shirt absorb excess water being gentle on curls, cut down on drying hair times, and maintain the curls definition. 

Whatever the method or technique you follow to dry your curly hair, the regular towel is the worst thing to use because its rough surface will increase the friction. It also absorbs too much water and moisture that leads you to end up with dull, undefined, and messy curls. 

How to plop your curly hair 

a girl explain how to do plopping method

Using a towel to absorb excess water is probably a familiar technique for all, but we will explain how to use this towel to gain better drying results in those steps. After curly hair washing, apply your styling products, then follow the steps: 

Step #1: Lay the towel/ T-shirt on a flat surface

Firstly, you need a microfiber towel or cotton T-shirt, which should be large if you have long, thick curly hair, and a flat surface could be a chair or bed, for example. Lay the towel/ T-shirt on that surface with the sleeves facing you and the T-shirt’s neck pointing towards you.

Step #2: Put your curly hair upside down in the middle of a shirt or towel

Turn your curls upside down, then gather your hair over your head.
Finally, place it in the center of the towel/shirt and let the curls pile up on it so that your head sticks to the towel.

Step #3: Hold the ends of a shirt or towel sleeves and place them on your neck

take the T-shirt’s tip, which is behind your head, and position it over your neck.

Step #4: Make a knot from the ends of your shirt sleeves or the tip of a towel at the top of your head

tie the sleeves of the T-shirt or the side ends of the towel, and make a knot in front of your head; if the ends are too long, you can wrap it behind your head and make another knot.

Note: you should let the towel on your head for 10-20 minutes at least or more if you want to make sure that the towel absorbs all excess water and products. 

Micro plopping 

Micro plopping is another way to plop your curly hair by scrunching out the excess water using a microfiber towel. This method is more suitable for those with migraine, Vestibular vertigo, Anemia, and pregnant women, who may feel dizziness because of plopping, so they can replace it with micro plopping: 

Step 1: After applying all your styling products in the shower, divide your curly hair into sections.

Step 2: use your microfiber towel or cotton T-shirt to scrunch out the excess water from each section, and don’t scrunch too much to avoid removing too much water. 

Can you use the plopping method while sleeping?

People always face the problem of sleeping with wet curly hair. Even if you try to protect your hair by using some technique like pineapple method or wearing a bonnet, it won’t give you the desired results because sleeping with wet hair will damage the curls formation and increase the frizziness. 

Fortunately, plopping will solve that problem. The main benefit of plopping is maintaining the curls formation without frizz, so you can safely plop your curls overnight, ensuring to tighten the towel’s knot until it feels secure. And have sweet dreams. 

Note: it is not recommended to sleep with damp hair always, according to Healthline wet hair can create an ideal environment for Fungal infections to grow such as Malasizzea which causes dandruff, also sleeping with wet hair may cause hair breakage because when the hair is wet it’s weaker and more prone to breakage. Above that, sleeping with wet hair is one of the main causes of hygral fatigue

but all of us can go through a busy day, it’s possible to use the previous method, in this case, to sleep with wet hair when you take a late shower at night, keep it in mind to avoid doing the method when it’s not necessary and instead dry curls before sleep.

Benefits of the plopping method

This method is more than a drying technique; it gives great curls look after diffusing curly hair or air-drying. Here are some of what you gain after plopping your curly hair:

  • The towel/ T-shirt soaks up the excess water that decreases the drying times.
  • Reduce the frizziness and messy 
  • Help in defining the curls 
  • Give your curls more volume because the towel/T-shirt will absorb all the excess water, and lifting up the curls to the roots will help in that. So it can be perfect for people with wavy/fine hair.

Does plopping suit all hair types?

The short answer to this question is yes, it suits all hair types. When we talk about wavy and fine hair, it will be perfect for getting more volume, while it’ll cut down on drying times for thick curly and coily hair, which face some issues because of the long time that their hair takes to get dry. In general, like every new method, you have to try it three times at least to ensure that it gives you the results you want. 

Why don’t you get the desired results by plopping?

Many factors play a major role in the success of any following hair technique or method, so don’t give up and judge plopping from the first try.

Sometimes plopping failure relates to some bad habits or maybe the wrong curly hair routine you do besides the plopping. Those bad habits may stop plopping from doing its work:

  • Too much frizziness: despite plopping work in reducing frizzy, you end up with frizzy hair, that’s due to many factors, like applying products after plopping on dry hair, so the right action you should take here to apple styling products before plopping, also using heat tools after plopping to dry hair may cause frizzy too, and cause hair damage. 
  • Losing volume: using heavy or unsuitable styling products will weigh down your hair and prevent plopping from doing its work. Replace heavy products with light products. 

Plopping is a game-changer

If your hair is naturally wavy, curly, plopping can change the game and give you great results, more volume without frizz. But this technique definitely won’t work if your curly hair is damaged or if you follow a bad or not suitable hair routine, so keep in mind that to get a good result from the plopping, you have to treat and taking care of your curly hair in the right way, to enjoy better results.

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2 Comments

  1. I don’t think it’s a good idea to promote sleeping with wet covered hair unless you want a bunch of people to suffer from dandruff and hygral fatigue

    1. Frequent sleep with wet hair can indeed be a suitable environment for the growth of the Malassezia fungus that causes dandruff; also, sleeping with wet hair is one of the causes of hygral fatigue.
      Sometimes, we might have to shower before bed, especially on busy days, so plopping can be a good idea to keep wet hair defined while we sleep.
      Thanks for your comment and feedback. We already add this information to the article and support it with scientific evidence.

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