Dry Plopping?

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  • 2 Post By Polkadotowl
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I was just wondering if anyone plops their dry hair overnight for second day hair. I don't have any satin/silk pillowcases or scarves yet, so I wanted to see if this might work to help with second day hair. Has any tried it and found success? I do not want to re-wet my hair...
I haven't, but that sounds like a really good idea. I guess the closest thing many people do it an overnight Pineapple. Usually I do that then put my hair in a satin cap. An overnight dry plop would probably be better than a pineapple because you wouldn't get a hair tie/scrunchie kink.
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I used a satin dress I had in the wardrobe to wrap my hair in after puting my hair up (pineapple).
Later frustrated that I couldn't buy a double sided satin sleeping cap I got the sewing matchine out and made my own cap with the same dress and btw I'm not very good with a sewing matchine just got a how to off YouTube and I also used elastic from a pair of old pj pants aswell so it cost me nothing big bonus 😃
I did it last night and my hair looks great! The pineapple bugged me when I did it, and my hair gets kinked easily from any elastics (even loose scrunchies!). I did the plop a little more loosely than if it were wet. Stayed on all night and none of my hair slipped out. I think I might also dry plop when I need a shower, but don't want to wet my hair. You would never know this was second day hair, so I am thinking I can get a possible 3rd and, if I am really lucky, 4th day. If this works, my school year will be SO much better! It re-tightened my curls, too. All I did was unplop, shook out the roots, and scrunched a little bit of leave-in. I hope others get the same results!
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Awesome 😃anything is worth a try to cut down time in the mornings 😃 might try your version of dry plopping myself 😃
Have you tried using a satin scrunchie? My hair also gets really messed up with anything like elastics or normal scrunchies I wake up in the morning and my hair is all bent out of shape and crazy looking lol so i cant use anything other than a satin scrunchie
I do it all the time!! I have Crazy long hair (about a foot and a half long) and its not enough with satin pillowcases. Pineappling doesn't work for me, it just gets kinky looking, but plopping works great. Because I got tired of using old shirts I just went to hobby lobby and bought two yards of t-shirt material and use that.

I love it. I don't sleep without plopping.
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SweetSquatchii, do you do anything to your hair in the AM? I think I got a little carried away with adding some more product before I went out and it started to look frizzy (maybe too much scrunching?) Also, how do you combat a flat top?

Ausiecurl let me know how it turns out and if you tweak anything that makes it even better!
When I plop I do more of a forward upside down method as opposed to straight upside down to discourage flat top. If that makes any sense.

Most of the video tutorials show people flipping their heads and hanging upside down as they settle their curls into their towel or plop cloth. I flip my head down but instead of keeping it down so I'm looking at my rear (ha!) I lift my head slightly so my face is looking at the floor or my 'plop cloth'. Then I lower my curls into it and pull the part furthest away from me over the back and tuck the ends in front. After that's semi secure I take the flaps closest to me and twist away and then once it's tight enough I pull the twisted strands I've created and tie them in the back of my head and the base of my skull. This creates a sort of poof in the front and the top that doesn't lay flat on my skull so when I pull it out in the morning it will still have volume where I need it.

As for product after I take it out, that's a major YES. My curls get frizzy or stringy in a bad way when I use too much leave in, mousse or gel. I much prefer spritzers or a spray, and a month ago I found a product called Renpure Organics. It totally falls in line with my CG method and I love it. So, when I take out my plop, I flip my head upside down to take it out and let my curls fall out softly. Take it out too hard and it will pull some of my curls out. Once it's out, with my head still upside down, I spritz it with Renpure and slightly tousle it. Then I slowly right my head up and lean back so my curls fall away from my face and hang behind my back. With my face upward I spray my hanging hair a few more times again and let it 'dry' for about 30 seconds before I lean my head back to normal. Then I'll spray just once or twice in the front to hold it back from my face so it doesn't fall in my eyes all day and I'm good to go.

It's super easy. And QUICK too which helps 'cause I have a TON of hair. I'll post pics of my first day and second day hair when I get to my computer in just a bit. My curl talk app isn't letting me upload photos.

Hope that helps!!

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[B]Conditioner/LI: Nature's Gate Tea Tree Conditioner - I don't RO
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This is first day hair; it's still wet and I actually diffused it a bit.
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And these are from today when I slept with it plopped:
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This second 2nd day hair shot is actually after I spritzed it with my Renpure.
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It looks pretty good considering I went a whole day with it styled, then I plopped, slept on it and took it out.

EDIT: I liked my last photo so much better than my old avatar I switched it!
2C, Medium/Fine, Low Porosity, High Density - CG since 5.19.12
Cowash: Burt's Bee's More Moisture Boabab
[B]Conditioner/LI: Nature's Gate Tea Tree Conditioner - I don't RO
Styling Products: KCCC, KY, Deva Arc AnGel, HESMU

Last edited by SweetSquatchii; 08-11-2012 at 05:25 PM.
I want your hair! I love your method and am trying it tomorrow. Tempted tobget all tout products, too...except the Burt's (I'm allergic) . Very pretty second day hair. Mine hasn't quite gotten there. Still not sure if I should stick with DevaCurl or not. So many choices!
I want your hair! I love your method and am trying it tomorrow. Tempted tobget all tout products, too...except the Burt's (I'm allergic) . Very pretty second day hair. Mine hasn't quite gotten there. Still not sure if I should stick with DevaCurl or not. So many choices!
I want your hair! I love your method and am trying it tomorrow. Tempted tobget all tout products, too...except the Burt's (I'm allergic) . Very pretty second day hair. Mine hasn't quite gotten there. Still not sure if I should stick with DevaCurl or not. So many choices!
Originally Posted by Polkadotowl
HA! Thank you! Its still in a transition phase I think, but I'm glad you like it! I'm hoping it improves a bit more and I'm working on different techniques to help clumping.

I went through a month of bad products first. Deva Curl just didn't work for me which I was actually fine with because it's so expensive around my area. It really seemed to encourage frizz big time. I'm a fan of over the counter products that you can get anywhere!
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Cowash: Burt's Bee's More Moisture Boabab
[B]Conditioner/LI: Nature's Gate Tea Tree Conditioner - I don't RO
Styling Products: KCCC, KY, Deva Arc AnGel, HESMU
OH, and let us know how you like the plopping for second day hair! I'd love to see if my technique even works for someone else! If I can help one person I'll feel less like a noob!
2C, Medium/Fine, Low Porosity, High Density - CG since 5.19.12
Cowash: Burt's Bee's More Moisture Boabab
[B]Conditioner/LI: Nature's Gate Tea Tree Conditioner - I don't RO
Styling Products: KCCC, KY, Deva Arc AnGel, HESMU
I'm actually going to try it tonight. I'm going to use Deva one last time and then venture into some store brands. I might continue to use their no poo because it makes my hair feel clean. Do you recommend any other rinse out? I feel like we have similar hair, but mine is shorter. Did you get a dry cut, too?
I shared this with Polkadotowl in a PM, but I figure this might help some others too, so I'm also sharing in the thread. Also, Polkadot, I just realized you said you were allergic to the Burt's Bees, and I think that there are MANY alternatives to it. You might even try the Renpure line. They carry a ton of CG friendly products.

Okay, so below is my method. Feel free to take it or leave it! I'm big into store bought items that are cheap.

When I CO wash I use Suave Naturals. Any scent will do. I put a good glob on the top of my head, and really scrub hard. I am mostly scrubbing my scalp more than my hair in general! then I flip upside down and do the same for the back and underside of my hair. This usually leaves me with a bit of excess conditioner in my hair, so I then squeeze the rest from my roots and scalp down through the tips. I don't run my fingers through it or anything. Just squeeze and scrunch so it gets a coating throughout my ends. It's not very thick at that point and a bit watered down. This is good because Suave has a lot of protein in it and really my ends don't need that, but I think my roots and new growth does.

Then I flip back upright and scrub my scalp one last time with it in and begin to rinse out. As I'm rinsing, I keep scrubbing my scalp until it feels clean as it washes out. I can tell when it's good and clean because I actually get that squeaky feeling!

After that's all out, I get out my Burt's Bees Super Shiny with Soy in Pomegranate flavor and get a really good palm sized glob in my palm and coat my ends. Then I'll take a little more and run it through the rest of my hair to get it nice and coated. Once it's covered and has good 'slip' i start to finger comb through it, and once I can get my fingers through it semi decently, I take a really wide toothed comb and begin at the ends and start combing it out. As I do this I start combing forward and eventually flip my head upside down slowly. As I'm hanging with my head upside down I keep combing until the comb goes through it smoothly.

Keep in mind that we all shed hair, but because us wavies and curlies tend to not have it slip out as with straight (er) hair, it catches until we comb though it on the comb or it comes out in the shower. I'm only telling you this because as you comb, you'll notice a lot of hair coming out. I actually keep a little trash bag beside the shower for this reason because with long hair like mine it builds up quick and I hate seeing it everywhere! Don't worry, it's completely normal! I've been keeping track of how much I 'shed' for years and I can assure you I don't have thinner hair or any bald patches.

After my hair is still good and coated, and upside down, and combed through, I turn my head back to the shower stream and begin to let it rinse out. I don't like to let it all rinse out. I like to leave just enough in to keep up the good slip. I normally keep my head under the stream for about thirty seconds or so to get it semi rinsed out.

With my hair still soaking wet, and head upside down I take about a quarter to half dollar sized amount of Curls Creme Brle and rub it in my palms. Next I take that and run it from about five or so inches away from my roots all the way down to my tips making sure to coat as much hair as possible. Then (head still upside down) I take my wide toothed comb again and comb through it one last time. This ensures I get a good coating all through it and also I start to get a bit of separation. I like the way it looks and begins to coil when it's still wet so if it begins to get a bit stringy looking as I do this, I'll run my head under the stream again to keep it good and soaking.

Then I kind of let it drip dry a little as I towel off the rest of me and step out of the shower. This tends to get my floors good and wet but I have a floor towel just for this reason.

Next, I have my plopping cloth draped over the toilet and STILL with my head upside down, I'll hang over it and start to apply my gel. I like the Herbal Essence Set Me Up gel. I get a good chunk of that and spread it over my palms and scrunch it in. You can find a TON of videos on how to scrunch in your product on youtube or even by searching on the forums here. I really just like to make sure my lower half of my hair is coated in it more than my entire head. I really like the fullness and looseness of my top waves and gel tends to give me more of an all wet look all day long no matter how much I scrunch out the crunch.

Then I do my plop and sleep on it. Because I have so much hair and it would literally take 10 hours to dry on it's own, I usually take it out in the morning and have to diffuse it for a few minutes. Then I spritz all over with my Renpure and go!

Never done a dry cut, and I'd love to someday. I have an amazing stylist about 4 hours away from me who I grew up with. She's really good about listening to what I am doing to my hair and working with my changing texture. It's a growing experience for both of us!

Hope that helps! I'd like to have a hair twin!
2C, Medium/Fine, Low Porosity, High Density - CG since 5.19.12
Cowash: Burt's Bee's More Moisture Boabab
[B]Conditioner/LI: Nature's Gate Tea Tree Conditioner - I don't RO
Styling Products: KCCC, KY, Deva Arc AnGel, HESMU

Last edited by SweetSquatchii; 07-30-2012 at 10:44 PM. Reason: I keep forgetting to answer all your questions! I'm crazy like that.
I wanted to share that I dry plopped today right before I went out to see if it would help my third (yes third) day hair get some more curl. It did! I only did it for ten minuted because I was afraid of getting a flat top. Give it a go next time your non-wash day hair needs a little pick me up.

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Methods: MysteryFlavored, SMasters, Icequeen,
2nd Day: pineappling w/ claw clip, satin cap, spritz & diffuse, clip roots, dry plop
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