Plopping making my hair completely flat on the top?

So I've been trying to use some of the methods explained here to see how my hair reacts. I've been plopping the past few days, and it makes my hair go into nice clumps BUT the top of my head is just completely flat. My hair is pretty much straight for the first 4", so I've always had a hard time getting any volume/curl out of it, but never like this.

Anyone have any tips for this? I think I'm going to try not plopping tomorrow AM and see if I have the same results.. if I do, I'll know it's from brushing it with a wide tooth comb in the shower & parting it there vs. brushing when out of the shower & parting after my products are in (with my fingers). Then I'll have to figure out how to get around that!
-Kady
When you turn upside down to plop, run your fingers up into your roots and gently ruffle your fingers at the roots to loosen up your hair a little bit. Then accordian your hair as your lower your head down into the towel, but just before the top of your head touches the towel, STOP. You don't need to press your head all the down onto the surface you're plopping on. Just bring the towel up right before your head hits the towel and finish plopping. Your head should be hovering right over the towel but not all the way into it - bring the towel up to meet your head. When you take the towel off, do it upside down and again gently ruffle your hair at the roots before slowly coming right side up. This has always helped me avoid a flat top when plopping.
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I detangle and part in the shower. I put in my FSG in the shower, upside down. Then I scrunch more water out, again upside down, and scrunch in half the amount of my normal amount of gel, upside down. Then I plop like Msgiblet said, but I don't run my fingers through anything, it gives me stringlets. I find if I don't tie it tight enough, it will slip and give my flat hair. If I don't tie whilst still upsdie down, it will slip and give my flat hair. It took a bit of practice and watching a few vids for me to get the accordian thing down right.
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After plopping I sort of ruffle the hair around the top of my head to help loosen the flat areas. I really don't mind a flatter look since I have a lot of thick hair that tends to "poof" out naturally.
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When you turn upside down to plop, run your fingers up into your roots and gently ruffle your fingers at the roots to loosen up your hair a little bit. Then accordian your hair as your lower your head down into the towel, but just before the top of your head touches the towel, STOP. You don't need to press your head all the down onto the surface you're plopping on. Just bring the towel up right before your head hits the towel and finish plopping. Your head should be hovering right over the towel but not all the way into it - bring the towel up to meet your head. When you take the towel off, do it upside down and again gently ruffle your hair at the roots before slowly coming right side up. This has always helped me avoid a flat top when plopping.
Originally Posted by msgiblet
Thank you! I will try this tomorrow and see if that helps

I'm also getting a trim on Wednesday from a stylist that has quite a few good reviews here, so I'm interested to see what she says about my hair. I may need some more layers for the time being to give me a little more lift since my hair is so thin right now.
-Kady
I plop the same way Msgiblet described. I plop for however long it takes for me to apply my makeup. After I plop, I use clips at the top of my head from my forehead right to the back of my head. I put them in the way the CG book describes. I diffuse with my head upside down until the curls are formed & stiff. I flip my head up & continue diffusing.

It helps prevent the top from going flat.
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I did what you guys suggested this AM and it looks MUCH better today. Yay
-Kady

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