Plopping Methods

Plopping Methods....

I've started air drying my hair again, and my hair is starting to become more healthy. My hair looks really bad as it is airdrying but if I manage to keep my hands out of my hair until it's totally dry, then it ususally turns out looking good. However, there are many times when I just can't keep my hands out of my hair! Not to mention it takes so long to air dry and I just don't seem to have the patience. I also hate the feeling of my wet hair hanging down, especially in the winter.

I think I want to try plopping to put some more body in my curls. If I put gel in soaking wet hair and then plop will al of my product come off of my hair? I know that some of you plop with a microfiber towel, and I see others plop with a t-shirt. Which do you think is better and why? How long do you plop for?

Please share your plopping methods with me! Thanks!
What I do for plopping is I take a long sleeve tee, put it on the toilet (lid down of course!) with the neckhole facing me, place my head right on top of the shirt with my hair close to the neckline, fold the remaing bottom part of the shirt over the back of my head and then tie the arms around the back of my head. I hope that makes sense! I find I have decent results with the plopping, but sometimes my curls get a bit messed up.
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I completely understand what you are saying, I too hate the feeling of dripping wet hair. Between the microfiber towel and a t-shirt I greatly prefer the microfiber towel! I find that the microfiber towel minimizes the drying time and the frizz for me. What I do is apply products to soaking wet hair, plop with a microfiber towel for about 10 minutes (sometimes I'll apply a little more to the ends of my hair after plopping) and then let the hair down to air dry. I arrange my hair the way I want it to dry and I usually clip back a few pieces in the front while it is air drying because I also can't keep my hands out of my hair! If my hair dries crunchy I get to scrunch the gel out (which includes touching my hair! FUN! lol) I really like the way that this method has been working for me lately.
I like microfiber towel better. It's easier to work with. I can never quite get the tee shirt wraped around my head properly. I simply spray hair with a little john frieda curl dreams...scrunch in some suave biolage knockoff gel and wrap in a microfiber towel like a turban. Works well and I can do a bunch of stuff while I'm plopping without it coming undone
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Hey

I normally plop with a t-shirt for about 5 minutes to dry my hair a bit from soaking wet, then I apply Boots Curling Creme and then just let my hair air dry. The results are pretty good. But I did recently try plopping (again soaking wet) with BRHG and Boots for 5 mins and then scrunched in more BRHG and that gave me really good curls (even the back of my hair which normally isn't really curly) once I worked out the amount of Gel and Boots to use.


Felix.
I mentioned before in the general forum that I sometimes plop using one of those jawclips to hold my hair up instead of the towel. I still get the great chunky curls and it's easier than the towel! Hope this helps.
Caroline
What I want to know is can you plop overnight? I mean...take an evening shower and wear the plop to bed...would that work?
modified cg - type 3a
What I want to know is can you plop overnight? I mean...take an evening shower and wear the plop to bed...would that work?
Originally Posted by mermaidhair02

thats what i do , i shower at night apply my products then plop in a tshirt till i'm about to go to bed then i change to a different t-shirt and go to bed . take out in the morning maybe add a tiny bit more product and let it air dry the rest of the way. HTH

I mentioned before in the general forum that I sometimes plop using one of those jawclips to hold my hair up instead of the towel. I still get the great chunky curls and it's easier than the towel! Hope this helps.
Caroline
Originally Posted by Curlycaroline
Can you tell me exactly how you do this? I can't seem to figure out how to keep all my hair clipped up on top. Maybe I need a really huge clip...or more than one??

Thanks!!
My hair type.... I think it is 3A but I'm not really sure...my hair is different one day to the next! Constantly searching for that miracle product or technique!! ~=o)
Hi Hart, I have a really huge jaw clip. I bend over the way I would for t-shirt plopping and then I scrunch my hair more together and clip it with the jaw clip so it sort of stays in messy place. It works great for me. Please let me know if this is clear enough--I'm happy to explain better. You probably could use two clips if you needed to, too. I just like the feel of air on my hair better than a towel or t-shirt!
I squeeze some of the excess water off of the ends right out of the shower, add some conditioner (using DevaRed right now), anti-frizz serum, & gel (using Got2be spiking gel - it's cheap and it actually works pretty well). To plop, I'm using an old jersey knit pillowcase - this is way easier to twist than a t-shirt (for me), because it's kind of stretchy... FYI, I have to use a scrunchie to hold the twists on the back of my head. I'll usually plop for 5-10 minutes, then do a combination of air-drying & diffusing... since my hair is so long, it's next to impossible for me to air-dry all the way!

I just ordered a microfiber towel online, however, and am hoping that it will do a better job of absorbing than the pillowcase! Happy plopping!
long (mid-back), coppery reddish brown 3a/3b/3c (a few underneath!)

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great info - thanks for sharing!
Susie
straight-haired mommy to a curly 3c/4a (7 yr old)
I have great hair today after trying plopping, for the first time. I have more volume and wavy curls. I CO washed with Aloeba, then used a little Abba Nourishing Leave In. Then I put in some B & A gel and used a little Nexxus Versastyler over it, then plopped for around 15 minutes. Thanks to this board for all the great advice on plopping. Guess I will have to add it to my routine!

Jane
3A hair, fine and thin
Current faves are: Giovanni Direct Leave In, Suave Cocoanut Cond., and the BEST gel ever, IC Gel with Sparkelites.
I noticed that a lot of you are putting products in before plopping. I find that my hair is better if I plop without adding products. Does this happen to anyone else?
Formerly known as colomunky.
Colomunky-

I do this. I can't plop on soaking wet hair.....everytime I try I seem to have frizzy, productless hair. I think the towel takes all the product out of my hair. i plop on soaking wet hair for 10-15 minute without product, remove the towel and scrunch in my product.


Works much better for me doing it this way.
I wanted to mention that diffusing is not hard on the hair like regular blow-drying, especially if you don't diffuse it all the way dry. As long as you're using low heat and keeping the diffuser moving, I don't see why it would hurt your hair at all.
Lasvegascurls wrote
What I do for plopping is I take a long sleeve tee, put it on the toilet (lid down of course!) with the neckhole facing me, place my head right on top of the shirt with my hair close to the neckline, fold the remaing bottom part of the shirt over the back of my head and then tie the arms around the back of my head. I hope that makes sense!
Sorry but it is not totally clear to me. Do you bend forward to have your hair hanging like "upsude down" and than do you put the shirt like you would od with a turban?

The last time I plopped I had all the back of my hair that stayed up and did not want to hang down (I hope that it makes sense...)

Maybe I should clip the layers from the back with a clip (but what sort of clip?)????
My crown comes out of the towel very flat on the scalp and nearly straight (I am a 3B!!!)

Maybe do I have 2 left hands
Corkscrew 3B
Lasvegascurls wrote
What I do for plopping is I take a long sleeve tee, put it on the toilet (lid down of course!) with the neckhole facing me, place my head right on top of the shirt with my hair close to the neckline, fold the remaing bottom part of the shirt over the back of my head and then tie the arms around the back of my head. I hope that makes sense!
Sorry but it is not totally clear to me. Do you bend forward to have your hair hanging like "upsude down" and than do you put the shirt like you would od with a turban?

The last time I plopped I had all the back of my hair that stayed up and did not want to hang down (I hope that it makes sense...)

Maybe I should clip the layers from the back with a clip (but what sort of clip?)????
My crown comes out of the towel very flat on the scalp and nearly straight (I am a 3B!!!)

Maybe do I have 2 left hands
Originally Posted by McCurly
I cannot plop with a t-shirt for the life of me... I have a microfiber towel that I only use for my hair (amazon.com, fyi).

Yes, you are hanging your hair upside-down over your towel/tshirt that's layed out on the towel seat or on the ground (this is what I do - you have to get down on your knees though, so probably not a good idea if you have a hard floor )

I also have this same exact problem with my crown/roots coming out very flat when I plop... I am a 3a/3b as well, so lack of curl doesn't seem to be the problem. It's "flat" like for about an inch/1.5 inches past my roots - some areas flatter/curlier than others. Has anyone else had this issue and found a solution?

I've also changed my routine a bit since my original post here... I'm no longer putting the products in my hair before plopping (except for a little leave-in cond.). I now plop right out of the shower for about 5 min., THEN put the products in my hair & diffuse... I think I get better volume & "fluff" this way
long (mid-back), coppery reddish brown 3a/3b/3c (a few underneath!)

Creme of Nature poo (love that stuff!); Suave Citrus Smoothie Condish; A/G Re:Coil; Got2Be spiking gel; Suave Aloe Gel
I'm also a 3a with not much volume at the roots. What I do is when I flip my hair over to plop, I loosen up the few inches of hair near my head by raking my fingers through a couple of times. (Not all the way to the ends, that creates too much all-over volume.) It seems to give me more curl near the roots.

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