How To Plop Your Hair the Right Way

Natural curls are a gift and a curse, as any curly-haired girl knows. When they’re frizz-free and defined, your curls will literally turn heads. But when they’re frizzy, poofy, and uneven, it’s hard to get out the door without hiding your hair inside a beanie.

It takes the perfect amount of product and styling to get your curls to look just the way you like, but none of that matters if your hair doesn’t dry well! Depending on your curl pattern and preference, you probably air dry your hair. Unless you invest in a high-end diffuser, chances are you never blow dry your hair without straightening it.

But wouldn’t it be great if you could have perfect curls every time you wash your hair? Thanks to plopping, you can!

The first thing you’ll need to plop your hair is a big cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel, which absorb less moisture than a traditional terry cloth towel. A large t-shirt will help reduce frizz and breakage, giving you nothing but shiny, bouncy curls.

After you grab your t-shirt or microfiber towel, lay it out on a flat surface, like your bed, and hop in the shower. Once your hair is shampooed, conditioned, and wrung out, you’re ready to start plopping.

Step 1

If you are using a large t-shirt, make sure it is upside down so the sleeves are closest to you.

Step 2

After applying product, flip your soaking wet hair upside down, onto the center of the t-shirt. While your head is still upside down, pick the the two bottom ends of the shirt and lay it over your head, so is touches the back of your neck and covers your hair.

Step 3

Next, take the sleeves near your forehead and the back of the shirt, which should be at the nape of your neck, and tie them both together. Make sure to tie it securely, so that all of your hair is contained inside.

While your hair lays on the top of your hair, it will finally start to dry without being damaged by rough towels, moisture in the air, or wind. Plopping gives your curls the chance to dry exactly the way you want—defined, shiny, and frizz-free.

Depending on the thickness of your curls, you can unwrap the t-shirt in about 30 minutes, but plopping works best if you leave it on for longer. If you like to wash your hair before bed, you can keep the wrap on overnight and take it off when you wake up in the morning.

While you may need to refresh your curls a bit when you wake up, they should still hold their natural pattern and definition throughout the day.

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