Plopping? Who likes it...who doesn't?

I got my hair cut suuuuuper short in November, about chin-length at the longest. In December, I tried plopping with some good and some bad results. It worked off an on. However, now, my hair at its longest is about collarbone length when wet. Should I try plopping again?? Do any shorter curlies like it?
Routine
Weekly Shampoo: Kinky-Curly Come Clean + Coconut Oil
Co-wash/RO: Cure Care Skin & Hair Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Kinky-Curly Curling Custard

Techniques
  • combing to detangle and separate curls
  • scrunch 'n pump!
  • t-shirt turban
Hair coconut oil and protein
Hair silicones, sulfates, glycerin, synthetic ingredients

2c/C/ii/low porosity. Growing out!
*November- above chin
*January- at chin
*March- around collarbone
I do well with plopping, but I find it works better when I don't plop for long- usually only 5-10 minutes while I get dressed.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
My hair is pretty short too. When dry it hangs just above my shoulders. Though I have lots of layers too. I've noticed that plopping doesn't help my curl really, but it does help with frizzing. I plop long enough for my hair not to be dripping wet, about 10-15 minutes or so.
CG as of Feb. 2012
combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
I do well with plopping, but I find it works better when I don't plop for long- usually only 5-10 minutes while I get dressed.
Originally Posted by Corrina777
+1...I think it works best when my hair is still moderately wet from my shower after I finish plopping, so I usually keep it under 15 mins. I probably would do it closer to five mins but after I finish my shower, all I want to do is lay around, so it's usually closer to 10-15 mins.
2b, fine texture, normal porosity & elasticity (CG as of 12/2011)

Low-poo: UFD Rich & Funky
Cowash: VO5 Kiwi Lime
RO: Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
PT/DT: IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
LI: KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
Styling: Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse


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^^ day 1 of going CG; avatar = 6 months later
When my hair was shorter I found I could only plop for about 5-10 minutes at a time without my hair looking crazy. As it grew out I was able to plop for longer periods of time but overnight plopping for me can have some unpredictable results! Experiment with it and see what works best for you
High porosity. 3C.
Poos: NG Hemp Shampoo.
Condish: Alba Botanica Gardenia Hydrating Condish. Mill Creek Keratin. Aussie Moist.
Leave in: Alba Botanica Leave In. Tresemme Naturals. Cantu.
Seal: Whipped Shea Butter Mix.
Styling: GF Pure Clean. EcoStyler Protein.
Hair loves: Finger combing. Protein.
Hair hates: Plopping.
I've had shorter hair for probably ten years. In all that time it hasn't gotten past my shoulders. And even when it was pretty short I loved plopping. It has always worked for me. I have 3a hair and I have to put products in after towel-drying/plopping (except leave in).

So I would give it another shot. Definitely sounds like your hair is long enough now.
When I cut my hair into a slightly inverted, chin-length or so bob last spring, I tried plopping for quite awhile before realizing it wasn't doing a damn thing for me. I experimented with all different time-lengths and it just wasn't it for me. I just assumed my hair was too short but last month or so I gave it another shot and my hair looked insanely hideous!!!! So unless I'm doing it completely wrong, plopping just isn't for me.
2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

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Stylers-
- Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

[/COLOR][/FONT] [I][B]My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!

mod-CG since December '10

I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

My hair is basically my hobby!!

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Doesn't work for me either. My hair is never much past my shoulders (and not even that long atm) and I find if I plop my hair just doesn't fall down into place when I take it out of the plop. I think it's too fine and just doesn't have the weight or movement for plopping to work.
3b in South Australia.
I love it, and my hair is pretty short. It gives me good volume. I plop for about 20 minutes. My fingers are all in my hair after I take it out of the plop...making my part, etc. I can't seem to leave it alone after I take it down. Maybe when it's longer, I'll be able to just shake it out a little and not touch it.
Started CG July 8, 2008


3

Pre Co-wash: Coconut oil (plain & rosemary)
Co-wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle or Trader Joe's Nourish Spa
Rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in/Styling: Moisture Maniac with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner on top
I'm with Corinna - after much experimentation, I found that 5 minutes is ideal. Any longer than that and my 3a BSL hair doesn't quite look right.

Next thing I'm going to try (once I get my next Bed Bath & Beyond coupon!) is using flour sack towels instead of a T-shirt.

Last edited by yossarian; 03-01-2012 at 07:46 AM.
I'm with Corinna - after much experimentation, I found that 5 minutes is ideal. Any longer than that and my 3a BSL hair doesn't quite look right.

Next thing I'm going to try (once I get my next Bed Bath & Beyond coupon!) is using flour sack towels instead of a T-shirt.
Originally Posted by yossarian
Just wanted to let you know you can get flour sack towels at Walmart in the kitchen section. Very cheap too.
2b, fine texture, normal porosity & elasticity (CG as of 12/2011)

Low-poo: UFD Rich & Funky
Cowash: VO5 Kiwi Lime
RO: Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
PT/DT: IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
LI: KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
Styling: Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse


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^^ day 1 of going CG; avatar = 6 months later
Soooo I only have a couple weeks experience at this BUT.

My hair's a little longer than yours and I've tried it and its main appeal for me is that it shortens my drying time without creating frizz. I haven't noticed much difference in wave pattern for me in particular.

EXCEPT that I have bangs and sometimes plopping makes my bangs go all weird ...
I'm with Corinna - after much experimentation, I found that 5 minutes is ideal. Any longer than that and my 3a BSL hair doesn't quite look right.

Next thing I'm going to try (once I get my next Bed Bath & Beyond coupon!) is using flour sack towels instead of a T-shirt.
Originally Posted by yossarian
Just wanted to let you know you can get flour sack towels at Walmart in the kitchen section. Very cheap too.
Originally Posted by kimmidawn
Thanks for the heads-up! I'll check that out this weekend.
When I tried plopping for the first time, I left it on for around 10 mins. and when I took it out, my hair was all frizzy and the curls were really undefined, they were like really small waves and I have 2C hair, so usually I have at least a bit of a curl.

I tried it again the next day thinking, Maybe I did it wrong. It came out the same way—frizzy and wavy, kinda flat. I was really upset by this point, but I thought maybe I would do it again, one last time, just to make sure.

So, I tried it the next day for a shorter time period, maybe a minute or three? It came out nearly frizz-free but still wavy. I really love how my hair had so little flyaways (AND how fast my hair dried), but I wanted my curls back. :/

I think I'll stick to scrunching, but I'll try holding the scrunch for each section of hair for 20 seconds or more.

EDIT: My hair's around shoulder-length, btw. :3 And I always apply my products (LI, VCO, and gel) before doing it.
2c * normal porosity (?) * coarse
mod-CG since 12/13

clarifier: BS and vinegar
low-poo: Human Heart Nature* Moisturizing shampoo
co-wash: Beauty Formulas conditioner
rinse-out: Human Heart Nature Moisturizing conditioner
leave-in: VCO, RO
sealers: MO, VCO
styler: /bench FIX* extra shine hair gel

*both are filipino brands

Last edited by AliCole; 01-19-2014 at 06:34 AM.
I never got on well with plopping last time I had long hair but since getting a pixie & growing back out to a bob just above my shoulders I am loving it.
What I do now is apply leave in & gel to dripping wet hair, scrunch well & sort my parting then I plop by putting my head back & letting it fall into a turbi-twist towel, I gently bring up the sides & twist to fasten on the top, (regular forward plopping gives me too much volume on top & makes my layers stick up) then after about 5/10 mins just while I wash, brush teeth etc I let my hair out & spray with a water/gel mix & scrunch in a bit. Then diffuse.
I love that it shortens drying time & I hate walking round with dripping hair.

The bit I do different now that I think has made a difference is the gel/water spray, I think the towel was taking too much gel out again & left me frizzy.
U.K curly

2C/3A Wavy Whirly & Curly Twirly.
Golden brown with highlights.
Low poo: Dr Organic, L'Oreal Everpure.
Conditioner: Dr Organic Argan Oil, Boots Coconut & Almond.
Leave In: Dr Organic, Boots,.
Gel: JF Frizz Ease, Umberto Gianni.
I find there are a LOT of variables with plopping: the type of towel, time, amount of water in hair at the start, amount of products used.

For my porous hair I use a flour sack towel (better than microfibre), need more water in the underlayers and less water in the canopy, I've started using more gel and a longer plop successfully.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
What the heck is "plopping"?
Originally Posted by Soj
It's a technique to dry your hair faster and make the curls more defined, sometimes it even puts more volume in the hair.

There's more information here (wikihow), and also how to do it. There's also lots of videos on YouTube, if you prefer seeing it done exactly.
2c * normal porosity (?) * coarse
mod-CG since 12/13

clarifier: BS and vinegar
low-poo: Human Heart Nature* Moisturizing shampoo
co-wash: Beauty Formulas conditioner
rinse-out: Human Heart Nature Moisturizing conditioner
leave-in: VCO, RO
sealers: MO, VCO
styler: /bench FIX* extra shine hair gel

*both are filipino brands
My hair is about shoulder length in the back and face framing layers in the front. I can only plopp for 15 mins the longest. I love it for my 3b hair..

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I'm going through a phase now where I am not plopping. Just scrunching when wet and using a tail comb to lift my roots. Have been getting great curls that last all day with no frizz on top of head. Going to keep with no plopping for a while!
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!

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