Overnight plopping?

Anyone have good tips on overnight plopping? I tried it once and my hair looked RIDICULOUS in the morning, so flat on top and squashed everywhere. I normally love plopping for like 15-20 minutes after I shower in the morning, but I really want to be able to shower at night sometimes.
3A with a bit of 3B in there.
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This question has been asked before, and if I remember correctly there weren't any successful attempts from the people who answered. But heck, try it out on a day you're not going to go anywhere and find out!
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Ehh I didn't have much success with overnight plopping, either. Tried it once, but thanks to my head moving around in head, my curl clumps broke. Plus, the root lift was messy. Ummmm, what about pineappling but with a big jaw clip instead of scrunchie? I tried that once, although on dry hair, and my hair was alright when I woke up.
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Overnight plopping is a must for me. My hair takes too long to dry (it would be wet all day) and if I air dry normally, I cause frizz because I always want to fix it, etc. I plop and make sure the hair is at the top of my head so I don't squish it while sleeping. It usually falls off during the night, but I try my best to make it stay on. In the morning, I un-plop, and my hair dries an hour or two later. I love plopping this way.
3b, low porosity, high density, medium hair width hair

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  • Dr. Mercola Shampoo
  • Dr. Mercola Revitalizing Conditioner (also as leave-in)
  • Gelatin as protein treatment
  • Currently trying flaxseed gel +gelatin as hair gel
Techniques: Scrunching + Plopping Overnight


I did this routinely when my hair was longer, and always had better hair than if I air dried it during the day. I did what I consider advanced plopping, with my hair (gelled and) scrunched to my scalp as I laid my head down. The hair on the top of my head would be laying on my (towel covered) pillow, and could tumble freely as I moved in my sleep; the hair on the back and sides would be scrunched up to the portions of the scalp from which they grew, and the gel cast would form enough to hold them reasonably well by the time I changed position. In the morning, I'd just scrunch out any remaining crunch, and lightly mist any wonky bits, and let them fix themselves.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
I've tried overnight plopping many times and have had mixed results. Sometimes it looks good and sometimes it's weird and wonky, it kinda seemed like chance. However, my first ever overnight plop was my favorite and was also one of my best hair days to date. Since I am transitioning and my new growth is getting longer I can't really overnight plop anymore because it makes my new growth curlier which makes my head look huge!

What I did that first time, and most of the other times, was just use leave in, some coconut oil to seal, and scrunched in some mousse. Then I flipped my hair over and placed it over the t-shirt and kind of made little circles with my hair as I moved my head closer to the shirt so I would get little ringlets.

It's a hit or miss, honestly. Good luck!
Mix of many types, but I'll say 3B
Fine thickness, medium density, mixed porosity
WL wet
Currently transitioning from heat damage and relaxers

CG since 1/25/2014
Still figuring my hair out
I never had a good experience with it.. The T-shirt always ends up on my pillow and my hair as a frizzy mess in the morning :\ the only thing that seemed to work is putting my hair in a pineapple after I am done styling it, it turns out OK. And it turns out even better when I diffuse.
My hair doesn't turn out terrible with overnight plopping, but the only time it's turned out perfect, was when I showered at night, put in my leave in plus a ton of gel, let it dry about halfway, and then put it in the plop.

I don't usually have time to let it dry that long before sleeping if I wash at night, so that was probably a once in a blue moon occurrence. But in the morning it came out perfectly. Almost completely dry with soft and smooth curls. I did have to use a hair pick to fluff up the roots, but after that, it was great.

Other than that, my overnight plopping has been unsuccessful. If I plop right out of the shower and go to sleep, my hair sticks to my head and my curls become really flat. I have also tried plopping my hair completely dry to protect my curls when sleeping, and that just resulted in a frizzy mess.
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LI: As I Am Leave In.
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Yesterday I did my overnight plop and had decent hair results. My expectations weren't that high because after I had applied my gel my curls we're a bit meh. But I removed my plop when my hair was 90% dry. Anything less or more messes with my results. I do it a lot out of boredom to stay still while my hair dries. My ends though were more dry than usual because of the damage that they have. I am way overdue for a trim as well.

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If your hair sticks to your scalp after doing an overnight plop, you need to scrub your roots with dry fingertips to break the gel cast, just like you would break the gel cast on the hair not sticking to your scalp any time you style your hair, whether or not you plop. Likewise with curls that are flat, scrunch out the crunch. Gravity should take care of the rest, but if not, _lightly_ mist your hair (using a plant mister, not a regular spray bottle), and that should help. Both of those "problems" are normal after overnight plopping, but so easily "solved" that I've never considered them problems, just a normal consequence of styling my hair with gel, which prevents frizz.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008

Last edited by Morgan_Adcock; 09-09-2014 at 01:53 PM.
If your hair sticks to your scalp after doing an overnight plop, you need to scrub your roots with dry fingertips to break the gel cast, just like you would break the gel cast on the hair not sticking to your scalp any time you style your hair, whether or not you plop. Likewise with curls that are flat, scrunch out the crunch. Gravity should take care of the rest, but if not, _lightly_ mist your hair (using a plant mister, not a regular spray bottle), and that should help. Both of those "problems" are normal after overnight plopping, but so easily "solved" that I've never considered them problems, just a normal consequence of styling my hair with gel, which prevents frizz.
Originally Posted by Morgan_Adcock
I happen to have flat curls but not crunch to scrunch. I rarely get any even when I plop only for an hour. But misting my hair would mean really wet it.

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I have recently rediscovered plopping. Originally I tried it on wet freshly washed hair, in the morning my hair was still very very damp, that resulted in waves that flattened very quickly. However now I am doing it at night on dry hair and I think it's brilliant. I get major volume and ringlets at the bottom 1/3 of my hair now. It's never looked better 😊
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Okay, but maybe you'd want to consider that somebody who worked hard to get the hang of this and succeeded is telling you that you're on the right track, and tweaking your techniques would be worth the effort. When I started out, I had to wash my hair every morning to get rid of the wonky bits, but I thought it was worth trying until I got the hang of it. Now I routinely get my best hair doing an overnight plop, and hair that lasts 5 - 8 days, so from my POV, it was more than worth the effort I put into it.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
Having your hair end up a frizzy mess would indicate that you need to use more gel for this technique. FWIW, I never bother fastening a T-shirt, towel, or scarf over my plopped hair any more. For a while, I'd loosen the T-shirt, towel, or scarf after I laid down, but now I just cover my pillow with it, and scrunch my hair some more as I lay my head down. The forming gel cast is enough to hold it in place. The hair on the top of my head tumbles freely as I turn in my sleep, but stays clumped. I consider it advanced plopping.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008

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