Anti-ploppers unite

Am I the only one that can't plop? My waves end up sticking out all different directions and they look like a crazy mess. It happens every time I plop whether I plop for 5 minuets or 35 minutes. I've tried so many times I quit. Maybe it's because I'm a wavy and my hair doesn't spiral or who knows.

So who's with me? Tell me your plopping horror stories.
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Am I the only one that can't plop? My waves end up sticking out all different directions and they look like a crazy mess. It happens every time I plop whether I plop for 5 minuets or 35 minutes. I've tried so many times I quit. Maybe it's because I'm a wavy and my hair doesn't spiral or who knows.

So who's with me? Tell me your plopping horror stories.
Originally Posted by Kitara

How are you positioning the towel on your head?

Speckla
You are not the only one. This is what I call my results. Instead of round curls, it looks like I tried to draw a picture of curls using the line tool in MS Paint.
How are you positioning the towel on your head?
Originally Posted by Speckla
I've tried putting the towel on the floor so I come straight down on it. I've tried laying it on the bed and laying down backwards on it. I've tried putting it on a chair and doing it that way. It all works out the same. Crazy tangly waves.

My hair is also really thick and course so maybe it just doesn't like being manipulated that way.
it looks like I tried to draw a picture of curls using the line tool in MS Paint.
Originally Posted by Riot Crrl
I'm actually kind of afraid of it. Sometimes when a hair gets bent at an angle like that, it can turn into the white ball of doom, which is of course eventual breakage and a split.
Me! Me! But I always assumed it was part of the "But I'm a 2" issues I have on this site.
How are you positioning the towel on your head?
Originally Posted by Speckla
I've tried putting the towel on the floor so I come straight down on it. I've tried laying it on the bed and laying down backwards on it. I've tried putting it on a chair and doing it that way. It all works out the same. Crazy tangly waves.

My hair is also really thick and course so maybe it just doesn't like being manipulated that way.
Originally Posted by Kitara
I try this too- and my hair is thin and fine and it still doesn't work out for me. I just scrunch the water out of my hair with a tshirt and it seems to do fine. Maybe it's because we're more wavies than curlies... I'd like to know if other wavies have this problem.
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How are you positioning the towel on your head?
Originally Posted by Speckla
I've tried putting the towel on the floor so I come straight down on it. I've tried laying it on the bed and laying down backwards on it. I've tried putting it on a chair and doing it that way. It all works out the same. Crazy tangly waves.

My hair is also really thick and course so maybe it just doesn't like being manipulated that way.
Originally Posted by Kitara
Ok. You're the queen of positions.

Speckla
I was so afraid to try, was so sure it would put odd bends in my hair, etc and that it would make my hair poof up and get HUGE.

I dont even know what made me finally give in; and frankly I was sooooooooooooooooooo doubtful. But i think its awesome - especially since i still have about 1 & 1/2 inches of straightening on my ends - it helps me to curls them without the iron (which I was doing for 2 months since I transitioned).

My curl is just so much more uniform and my drying time was slashed. I'm loving it.
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I have fine 3a/b hair and am trying to plop, usually without much success. My hair is probably 7 inches long all over layered. I am not sure why or what I am doing wrong. I suspect it could be the towel. They are all talking about the curlese towel and flour sack towels. I could not find a curlese towel at my bed, bath and beyond, so tried the flour sack kitchen one that I have and it worked better than I thought. I cannot drape it over my head and twist the sides by the ears, it just doesn't work. I cannot bend low enough and then it falls off....I just try to scrunch in the curl pattern and it worked pretty well. I want a curlese towel, but they charge $14.00 for shipping! Boy is that high, but everything is high cost these days. Anyway, I have not broke down and ordered it.
I was so afraid to try, was so sure it would put odd bends in my hair, etc and that it would make my hair poof up and get HUGE.

I dont even know what made me finally give in; and frankly I was sooooooooooooooooooo doubtful. But i think its awesome - especially since i still have about 1 & 1/2 inches of straightening on my ends - it helps me to curls them without the iron (which I was doing for 2 months since I transitioned).

My curl is just so much more uniform and my drying time was slashed. I'm loving it.
Originally Posted by rudeechick
Woman, did you read the title OR the OP. You're in the wrong thread. You are now banished and I'm putting a curse on your plopping towel. Your good ploping days are over ya hear me? OVER! Muahahahaha






(You know I'm only kidding and still love you right?)
Me! Me! But I always assumed it was part of the "But I'm a 2" issues I have on this site.
Originally Posted by Hedy
Me too! I always break every rule, or at least bend it in some way. Maybe us 2's are insane and just don't know it?
I feel ya. I'm plopping-challenged.
I have no idea how to get it to work for me. Maybe it is the super thick thing, because I have a lot of hair. I don't think it's course though..
I've got really thick hair and I can't get the best spiralling going unless I plop. I've tried it both ways and plopping works bests for me. I do have to do it right out of the shower after scrunching my products in, so I'm not dripping anymore, but my hair is still very wet. I think another reason that it works for me is I don't lay my head right on the chair; I stop right before my head hits the towel and then I bring it up and tie it loosely -- helps stop the flat top. I only leave the towel on for about 10 minutes. My hair only gets weird on me if I do it for too long.
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I can't plop and I'm proud of it. Tried it twice so it may be operator error. First time it worked out ok. Second time I was a pile of frizz. Just easier for me to scrunch, air dry for a while and diffuse.
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I'll join! I've never gotten it to work for me either. I'm a 3b/c/a (in that order of amounts) I use an aquis towel to wrap my head gently and loosely (not quite a turban, just wrapping around to catch the drips). Can't plop. I get weird hair sticking up and frizz, flat top, you name it. NOT pretty.

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I've scared little kids before trying to "plop". That makes me sad. So I don't plop anymore since it makes me look like Beelzebub.
Um, can someone tell me what plopping is supposed to do. I don't think I get the point.
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I think it is supposed to dry your hair off some while not causing frizz (it does on mine) and also help set the curls (it sets squares and triangles on mine). That's about all I got, lol.

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