Plopping the Live Curly Live Free Way

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Just in case anyone is still looking for the flour sack cloths... I found them yesterday at the local dollar store. I bought 5 of them and I just plopped my hair for the first time. Hopefully it works for me!

...Kelley
i tried plopping wet hair overnight but when i took it off my hair was all poofy, a look i am desperately trying to avoid :/
i tried plopping wet hair overnight but when i took it off my hair was all poofy, a look i am desperately trying to avoid :/
Originally Posted by Blonde_Wave_Lover
Don't plop overnight - try it for shorter periods of time and see how that works - I plop for 10 or 15 minutes!
Good luck!
Medium Texture/Normal Porosity
Conditioners: Curl Junkie conditioners, Elucence moisture balancing, Darcy's pumpkin seed, Mop Top Daily
Gels: CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ Curl Queen, UFDCM, Mop Top Curly Custard, KCCC (wish it didn't take so long to dry!), CJ Aloe Fix Lite
Weekly PT (CJ Repair Me) & DT
Icequeen method
CG since Aug. 08, still a lot to learn

This isn't me, but when I was first investigating plopping I found this video. It pretty much does exactly what Tiffany describes. There's a lot of talking at the beginning - the actual plopping demonstration is at about the 2:30 mark. HTH!

YouTube - How to Plop/Plunk Your Curly Hair
Originally Posted by Rustina
Just wanted to say thanks, this YT video helped me out tremendously in understanding the plopping method. I'm in my 2nd week of the CG method and I take showers at night and have an early morning for work. I slept in my cotton towel (ones from Wal-mart - kitchen section) covered with satin bonnet and this morning my hair was still damp, but not soaking wet, so I diffused on medium/warm setting and it took about 20 minutes and I was good to go. This is a lifesaver.







This YT video is exactly how we do it at LCLF. For my dense hair, it can be a godsend to extract extra water out of my hair while I get ready in the mornings. I like mine back a little closer to my hairline however, so I can apply my foundation without having to move the towel.
3b spirals, fine texture, normal porosity, dense
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Suave Naturals Coconut for detangling
Renpure Organics conditioner/leave-in
Homemade FSG
KCCC
Curl Junkie Stuff
BRHG


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Just wanted to say thanks, this YT video helped me out tremendously in understanding the plopping method. I'm in my 2nd week of the CG method and I take showers at night and have an early morning for work. I slept in my cotton towel (ones from Wal-mart - kitchen section) covered with satin bonnet and this morning my hair was still damp, but not soaking wet, so I diffused on medium/warm setting and it took about 20 minutes and I was good to go. This is a lifesaver.
Originally Posted by BlondeByDesire
You're welcome! The visual really helped me a lot, too. I haven't plopped in about 9 months - my hair on top was too short - but it's been growing out and I decided to try plopping again today. My hair turned out great, very curly and not as much frizz as I normally get. Yay for plopping!

My next experiment is going to try dry plopping in a silk scarf overnight. I can't seem to get second day hair with a regular sleep cap, and my hair is still too short to pineapple, so I'm going to give it a shot. Plopping, if your hair likes it, really is a great technique.
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

I just plopped this way for the first time today and it's awesome!!! I couldn't believe the difference it made to how my curls arranged themselves, although it totally makes sense.
My towel is a big rectangle I made out of cotton/hemp jersey I got from a modern cloth nappy making web store. I had two points at the back of my head instead of one, but I figured who cares? It's about the double layer everywhere else and the not squashing the sides in the twirly way a traditional plop does IMO.
Anyhow, that's Struttswife!!


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3a, low porosity, protein sensitive, medium texture (with random coarse strands), growing out a pixie cut

Located in Tasmania, Australia



I think I understand how to plop but need some help on when.

I usually get out of the shower, wrap my hair in a towel (I need to get a microfiber towel or large enough tee), comb it, then put my leave-in & styler in. Would I plop after all that? Or would I skip wrapping in a towel after showering? Thanks!
CG since 3/1/13
3B; Low porosity, Coarse, & Extremely Protein Sensitive
Very high density, waist length

Co wash: Suave Clarifying or Sun Ripened Strawberry
RO: Sun Ripened Strawberry, TN, or TN w/ veg glycerin
Sealer: apricot oil
Styler: 4 Naturals Spring Back Custard, Pantene Curl Defining Mousse, or BB "Mudd"
Using a hard water filter, microfiber towel, & silk head scarves & pillowcases

Avoiding: protein, coconut, & parabens
This is how I plop - like tying on a bandana!

I can in fact overnight plop - the key I've found is I just put LI, sealer, then some gel - not a super hard hold gel, either, just a med hold. When I get up its still fairly wet. I spritz it with water to get some more moisture into, (sometimes I add a couple drops of oil), then scrunch with the plop towel, then some gel (usually spray gel), then more scrunching.

Then I may hit it with the diffuser, but usually I just air dry. I do this on days when i have to get up early, and am not overly concerned what my hair looks like, tho several times it comes out just fine.


As far as my usual plopping procedure - I start with very wet hair, add LI, oil, then stylers. Then I scrunch out the excess moisture with a MF towel, then plop for however long (could be long enough to dress and do make-up, could be an hour or so - just depends on the day).

I take the plop down, scrunch my hair with the plop towel, then diffuse 50-75% dry, and clip the roots during that. Clips stay in usually until I'm ready to SOTC, but not always.

So that sums it up! . HTH someone!!

ETA: sometimes I add a little more gel after the MF scrunching (right before plopping) or after the plop comes down (just before diffusing - spray gel is great for that.)
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
I would suggest that you comb your hair in the shower, while you have conditioner on it. Then, after whatever type of rinse you do (I use the sprinkle rinse, which is also called the Baptismal rinse), squeeze all the excess water you can out of your hair with your fists. This should leave the right amount of water in your hair to help you distribute your styling products. So don't put a towel over your hair when you get out of the shower.

When you put the styling products in, squish them in really well. (It should sound like you're walking through mud.) I try to do that for about as long as it would take me to walk one city block on an uncrowded sidewalk. After that, I wait until my low porosity hair no longer feels producty, until it feels like I've got nothing but water on it, then I scrunch excess water out with a smooth surfaced towel (an old dishtowel can work well for this if you don't have a flour sack towel or microfiber towel) or T-shirt. Scrunch your hair some more, then lower your head onto your plopping towel or T-shirt (a fresh, dry one), scrunch in the sides and back so they curl too, and secure the T-shirt or towel so that it will stay in place.

People vary as to how long they plop. For me, because I like to wash my hair before going to bed, I have had good luck plopping overnight. More recently, I've been sort of plopping my hair without securing it. I put a towel over my pillow, then when I lay down, I make sure that all the hair I don't need to be lying on is loose and free above my head, and scrunch up the hair on which my head will be laying (the back and sides), so that it's in a curled position. Some people find that whatever time it takes to brush their teeth and do their faces is plenty; others need more.
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Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
I would suggest that you comb your hair in the shower, while you have conditioner on it. Then, after whatever type of rinse you do (I use the sprinkle rinse, which is also called the Baptismal rinse), squeeze all the excess water you can out of your hair with your fists. This should leave the right amount of water in your hair to help you distribute your styling products. So don't put a towel over your hair when you get out of the shower.

When you put the styling products in, squish them in really well. (It should sound like you're walking through mud.) I try to do that for about as long as it would take me to walk one city block on an uncrowded sidewalk. After that, I wait until my low porosity hair no longer feels producty, until it feels like I've got nothing but water on it, then I scrunch excess water out with a smooth surfaced towel (an old dishtowel can work well for this if you don't have a flour sack towel or microfiber towel) or T-shirt. Scrunch your hair some more, then lower your head onto your plopping towel or T-shirt (a fresh, dry one), scrunch in the sides and back so they curl too, and secure the T-shirt or towel so that it will stay in place.

People vary as to how long they plop. For me, because I like to wash my hair before going to bed, I have had good luck plopping overnight. More recently, I've been sort of plopping my hair without securing it. I put a towel over my pillow, then when I lay down, I make sure that all the hair I don't need to be lying on is loose and free above my head, and scrunch up the hair on which my head will be laying (the back and sides), so that it's in a curled position. Some people find that whatever time it takes to brush their teeth and do their faces is plenty; others need more.
Originally Posted by Morgan_Adcock
This clears it up, thank you, Morgan! Thanks for sharing your routine too, Jas.
CG since 3/1/13
3B; Low porosity, Coarse, & Extremely Protein Sensitive
Very high density, waist length

Co wash: Suave Clarifying or Sun Ripened Strawberry
RO: Sun Ripened Strawberry, TN, or TN w/ veg glycerin
Sealer: apricot oil
Styler: 4 Naturals Spring Back Custard, Pantene Curl Defining Mousse, or BB "Mudd"
Using a hard water filter, microfiber towel, & silk head scarves & pillowcases

Avoiding: protein, coconut, & parabens
I know this post is beyond old, but I still wanted to say thank you for the great written description. I also thought it was more helpful than a lot of the videos I've seen I was able to barely tie mine at the front of my head, but I have fine hair and a teeny head (I have trouble finding adult hats that are small enough for me!) so I am not certain how well this would work for people with giant heads or a ton of hair. HOWEVER! You can buy flat cloth diapers (which are a bit more expensive than flour sack towels, but still just as useful for random household tasks!) that come in either a "large" or "toddler" size, and THOSE should definitely be big enough for people who don't have itty bitty heads like me
Plopping all night works best for me, and a towel would never stay on. So, I put my head through the neck of a clean t-shirt, so that the sleeves are outside, then roll from the hem (where your body would normally go in) forward. Once I've got a bundle on my head, and depending on how long the sleeves are, I wrap them around so that they hold the bundle in place and tie or knot them. (don't do this with a t-shirt you love) You may have to experiment with placement a little to get the front hair right. This leaves enough air for circulation, takes the weight of my 2c/3a curls, and gives my hair about the most curl -- and shine -- it can get, with no frizz.

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