Plopping the Live Curly Live Free Way

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I've had quite a few people ask me how to do the LCLF plop method since so many of my clients have had success with it. I eventually would like to have some YouTubes going to demonstrate some of my methods, but for now, a written description will have to do

a. Take a large curly-friendly towel, measuring at least 16” by 29”, and fold it in half on the diagonal so that it looks like a large triangle.

b. Place the triangle on a low flat surface, such as a countertop or toilet seat, with the point, or tail, away from you and the long flat side running horizontally closest to you.

c. With your head upside down, carefully gather your curls in a loose ponytail on top of your head (do not twist them). Now, “accordion”, or scrunch the curls up to the top of your head as you lower your head down onto the plop towel. Aim to place the edge of the long side of the plop towel right over your front hair line.

d. Press your head firmly against the plop towel to anchor it to the surface so that it doesn’t move, scrunching your curls firmly against the top of your head as you do so.

e. Take the tail of the plop towel with your left hand and pull it backwards to cover the back of your head, covering the nape of your neck.

f. Holding the tail firmly, reach over with your right hand and grab the righthand point of the plop towel and pull it tightly to the left over the tail so that it is now on the left side of your neck.

g. Holding the right-hand point securely over the tail, grab the left-hand point and pull it towards the right side of your neck.

h. Take the left and right points and pull them snugly up and around the sides of your head to the top of your head, then tie them tightly on the top of your head (in the front towards the forehead) in a small knot. Tuck the tail carefully underneath if the excess fabric covering your neck is bothersome.

Have fun! And let me know how it works for you!
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- Tiffany
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3B, brunette: medium texture, low porosity, high density

I've given up on plopping, but I'll give this a try. Thanks for the clear instructions! =)
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Same here. I think the floursack towels I was using to plop with were too small for the Jessicurl way.
I just did the Struttswife way and it worked!! Plus it is nice and tight. I look like a pirate though, hehe.
My flour sack towels are about 27'' by 27''.
2c-3a. Thick density. Texture = mixture of medium and fine.

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Experimenting with: CJAF, CJ CCCC, JCRR/CC, BRHG, PB Goo, Re:Coil, Komaza CHP, EcoStyler Protein
Didn't like: HESMU, Matrix Biolage Gelee (both too goopy)

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I'm gonna try this. My plops are hit and miss (sometimes they are good, other times some hair sticks out by the temples). Maybe this will be more consistant.

Thanks Tiffers
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I tried this method today after momof3curls described it on another thread.

I will plop this way from now on. It worked well!
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Thanks so much for that- written so clearly it helped far more than seeing a video! I think this was will work much better for me.

Chel
2b
I never thought about folding the towel in a triangle. I have been fighting with my micro fiber towel, because it is to dense to twist AND tie. This was helpfull, thanks!
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i will try it that way. when i've plopped in the past, it has worked well for most of my hair, but the front top of my hair gets too dry, frizzy. i've tried it for about 15 minutes when i get out of the shower.
should i saturate that part with water before i plop?
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I'll have to give this a try tomorrow, and I'll let you know if I can figure it out or not. I've tried unsuccessfully to "plop" in the past. I just can never manage to twist and tie the ends up and it ends up all falling off.
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Alright, where do I get a towel that'll work for this method??
VERY fine 2B/3A hair
Chin-length - growing it out...again.
Alright, where do I get a towel that'll work for this method??
Originally Posted by ECCurly
Yeah, mine wont. Mines a rectangle and wont fold into a workable triangle.
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Alright, where do I get a towel that'll work for this method??
Originally Posted by ECCurly
Yeah, mine wont. Mines a rectangle and wont fold into a workable triangle.
Originally Posted by rudeechick

I just bought some flour sack towels at Walmart that are square and the perfect size. Cheap too!
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Where in Walmart?
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They're in the cooking section actually. I got mine at Target. Had to ask an employee to help me because I couldn't find them myself even though I looked in the cooking section.
2c-3a. Thick density. Texture = mixture of medium and fine.

Always trying to boost my curl!


Go-to products: Pink Boots, CJSG, LALSG, Abba Pure Finish gel
Experimenting with: CJAF, CJ CCCC, JCRR/CC, BRHG, PB Goo, Re:Coil, Komaza CHP, EcoStyler Protein
Didn't like: HESMU, Matrix Biolage Gelee (both too goopy)

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I tried this with my CurlEase to try an overnight plop, but I can't get the ends around to the front of my melon head.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
I bought them at Walmart in the kitchen towel section. 5 for $5.50. They are wrapped in a blue paper band.
3b spirals, fine texture, normal porosity, dense
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KCCC
Curl Junkie Stuff
BRHG


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I tried this with my CurlEase to try an overnight plop, but I can't get the ends around to the front of my melon head.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
I tried it with my curl ease as well but it didn't work. Even when I use the flour sack towels, I don't cover my ears in the wrap, that way it reaches around my (apparently) bigger-than-I-thought head.
3b spirals, fine texture, normal porosity, dense
Picasa:
Link
Deva Low Poo
Suave Naturals Coconut for detangling
Renpure Organics conditioner/leave-in
Homemade FSG
KCCC
Curl Junkie Stuff
BRHG


Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
-wabi-sabi

Alright, where do I get a towel that'll work for this method??
Originally Posted by ECCurly
Yeah, mine wont. Mines a rectangle and wont fold into a workable triangle.
Originally Posted by rudeechick
I also got mine at Walmart a year or so ago in the section that has kitchen type towels. They come 3 in a pack and are very reasonable. The are large enough to do the Live Curly Live Free plopping.
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2 B/C Coarse Normal to High Porosity


Low Poo/Condish: CJ Daily Fix, CJ CR, CJ CA Gentle Cleansing Shampoo, CJ CA Smoothing Lotion
Styling: HESMU, BRHG, CJ CCCC-lite, CJ CIAB, CJ AFL, Ecostyler Krystal
Thanks!
3bc/M/ii
CG since 07/21/2009

CO: Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut
RO: GVP Conditioning Balm, GR Triple Nutrition
LI: GVP Paul Mitchell The Conditioner
Gel: LALSG, Eco Styler Krystal Gel

Want to try: Lustrasilk and LALSG

Fotki
PW: nativecurls
I'm curious - is there a reason the triangle/wrapping around the head and fastening at the front are beneficial? Does it have something to do with where the pressure is placed?

(I've got, as RCC put it, a melon head, so finding a towel big enough for this might be a challenge and I'm wondering what makes the difference and if I can get what I have to do the same basic thing...)
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