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Old 07-06-2005, 07:34 AM   #1
 
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Default Can't figure out plopping - advice?

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to introduce myself to all of you and ask a question. I just found this site last week and love it! I'm an Indian woman and ended up with really curly hair once I turned 13. Among my extended family of 50 + people, I am the only one with curly hair and it's been a challenge for me to figure out how to wear it. But I'm slowly learning what to do with it and now love my hair.

I tried the plopping technique yesterday and today but it didn't really work. My hair is 3a but not thick, so it dries very easily. Leaving my hair in a towel for 15 minutes caused it to dry almost completely and leave the top of my head very flat and frizzy. And once it's semi dry, putting product in it doesn't work.

The caveat to this is that I couldn't figure out how to tie my hair in the towel as the directions told me to -- how do you get the sausage rolls on the sides? Do you hold the towel as if you were going to put your hair in a turban (the conventional way most of us used to dry our hair)?

Advice would be appreciated. Does plopping work for other 3as?

THANKS!
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Old 07-06-2005, 07:56 AM   #2
 
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I am a 3a and I like plopping. My hair is pretty thick and does not get dry while plopping. How long does your hair take to air-dry?

I put the towel down with one long edge folded over a couple of inches, which will go over my forehead. I never got the knack of making the rolls with the towel and tying the ends. Instead, I bunch the ends together behind my neck and put a hair elastic over them, to hold them in place.
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hey there.

I can't say that i'm an expert . .i'm still trying to figure out my hair. but, i have had some success plopping. i have 3a/2c hair that is fine and thin to medium. I think i've found that it works better if i only plop for about 5 minutes . .maybe 10. otherwise i get frizzy.

First, apply your product before you plop. i htink that is important. I use a big tshirt--i've heard it's better than a towel. i lay the tshirt out on my bed and flip my head upside down. i place all my hair on the middle of the shirt.. Then, i take the 4 corners and bring them toward the back of my head and stretch a rubber band around them to make them hold.

hope this helps.
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Old 07-06-2005, 11:16 AM   #4
 
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i love plopping! i hate having wet hair all over me while i'm getting ready in the morning. i apply product (gel) to very wet hair then plop. i use a microfiber towel, but i used to use a teeshirt and i like both. i follow the directions as seen in the FAQ section (upper left of your screen): lay the towel on the toilet, bend at waist and allow curls to "plop" onto the towel, lower my head all the way to the toilet so the curls are scrunched between my head and the towel, then begin twisting the sides of the towel as i stand up. with a tee shirt i tie the twisted ends at the nape of my neck, with a towel i use a hairtie to secure. i guess i'm one of the lucky ones who has found plopping pretty easy from the beginning - i have a hard time with it though if i don't use a low enough surface. i've tried it on my bed instead of the toilet and i can't do it.
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Old 07-06-2005, 11:38 AM   #5
 
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My hair only takes about 45 minutes - 1 hour to air dry. I'm going to try plopping again tomorrow and see how it turns out.

Pixiecurl - I LOVE your hair! It's beautiful and the color is gorgeous. I think mine could be like that but I haven't started the CG routine yet. Looks like you tried both Jessicurl and Devacurl products - which do you like better? And by the way, we live so close to each other (I'm in Rockville).

Thanks everyone for the tips!
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Old 07-06-2005, 11:45 AM   #6
 
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My hair only takes about 45 minutes - 1 hour to air dry. I'm going to try plopping again tomorrow and see how it turns out.

Pixiecurl - I LOVE your hair! It's beautiful and the color is gorgeous. I think mine could be like that but I haven't started the CG routine yet. Looks like you tried both Jessicurl and Devacurl products - which do you like better? And by the way, we live so close to each other (I'm in Rockville).

Thanks everyone for the tips!
thank you so much for the compliment! my color's not entirely natural. it's naturally a darker red, and i'm currently growing out the strawberry blonde. i think i do prefer devacurl over jessicurl. one condition is so much more detangling for me - too shea and aloeba did ZERO detangling for me. i use HCC one i a while but i try to mostly just no poo or co-wash. and i use RR sometimes under gel but i don't find that it really makes that much of a difference in how much my hair curls. i couldn't get RR+CCSS to work for me. i LOVE angell, it's one of my favorite gels. i do like awe inspiraling spray much better than mister right (but mister right's not terrible when mixed 50/50 with angell).

so cool that you live in rockville!
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Old 07-06-2005, 11:51 AM   #7
 
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My hair only takes about 45 minutes - 1 hour to air dry. I'm going to try plopping again tomorrow and see how it turns out.

Pixiecurl - I LOVE your hair! It's beautiful and the color is gorgeous. I think mine could be like that but I haven't started the CG routine yet. Looks like you tried both Jessicurl and Devacurl products - which do you like better? And by the way, we live so close to each other (I'm in Rockville).

Thanks everyone for the tips!
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Old 07-06-2005, 12:19 PM   #8
 
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Sorry about that double post.

Pixiecurl - I just PM'ed you.
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Old 07-06-2005, 12:45 PM   #9
 
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Wow! Your hair dries really fast. Definitely try plopping for only about 5 minutes, in that case.
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Old 07-07-2005, 05:47 PM   #10
 
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Welcome, I do ten minute plopping and it works great.... I usually do the turban with a t-shirt or tie it ends with a clip.....

*I like the large t-shirt idea....
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I use a t-shirt to do this; basically I put the t-shirt on the toilet or bed and then I put my hair in the body of the t-shirt. Then I kind of flip the bottom of the tee (with all the curls in it) over on top of my head. I then roll the sleeve end of the tee up close to my forehead and wrap the sleeves around my head and tie them in back to hold it in place. The bottom edge of the shirt is held in under the tied sleeves so it stays put.
I definitely notice a difference in my hair when I do this. It's hard to explain the technique but I hope it makes a little sense.
I'm a 2b bordering on a 3a btw.
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Old 07-08-2005, 09:45 AM   #12
 
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Thanks everyone for the helpful tips!
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I use a t-shirt to do this; basically I put the t-shirt on the toilet or bed and then I put my hair in the body of the t-shirt. Then I kind of flip the bottom of the tee (with all the curls in it) over on top of my head. I then roll the sleeve end of the tee up close to my forehead and wrap the sleeves around my head and tie them in back to hold it in place. The bottom edge of the shirt is held in under the tied sleeves so it stays put.
I definitely notice a difference in my hair when I do this. It's hard to explain the technique but I hope it makes a little sense.
I'm a 2b bordering on a 3a btw.
i do the kimmyc method. t-shirts make it a LOT easier, and don't cause as much frizz...plus, we all have big old tshirts lying around!
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What products does everyone use when plopping?
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Old 07-21-2005, 11:30 AM   #15
 
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hi, i'm going to jump on to this thread

question about plopping -- do you do something AFTER plopping (i.e. blow w/diffuser) or do you let hair airdry afterwards? products before or after? or both?

curlyhairdesi: i'm also indian, and my beautiful, straight, thick hair magically turned frizzy and curly around age 11. i got a perm and it kept growin out curly!! i'm also the only one in my family to have this kind of hair -- everyone else has stick straight hair or extremely kinky hair. *sigh*
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question about plopping -- do you do something AFTER plopping (i.e. blow w/diffuser) or do you let hair airdry afterwards? products before or after? or both?
i put on products before plopping (scrunch gel into soaking wet hair). then after plopping, i sometimes smooth a tiny bit more gel over my canopy to prevent frizzies. sometimes i air dry and sometimes i diffuse after plopping.
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