Plopping: I'm doin' it wrong?

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Hi everyone,

I tried plopping for the first time last night, hoping to wake up to a head full of nice curls. I don't have a microfiber cloth or a T-shirt big enough, so I used a cotton pillowcase.

I tied the pillowcase around my head using exactly the same method described in the Jessicurl how-to video (http://youtu.be/O2qD38ZYX6A) - perhaps a tad looser, since the pillowcase was not easy to handle.

That was at midnight last night. This morning at 7am I woke up to soggy, deformed curls. My hopes for 3rd-day curls were shattered - I had to re-style.

Any idea what I may have done wrong? I understood plopping was suitable for overnight drying?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
3A/Corkicelli, dry/bleached/recovering, thick, porous.
Plopping suitable for overnight drying? Well I have personally never heard of that.

Most of us CAN'T plop longer than 15-20 minutes. If I plop any longer than that my hair is exactly like you described - soggy and deformed. They'll be limp and take longer to dry. I don't know the exact cause but it seems to be because the cloth gets saturated with water. I have found that re-plopping with a DIFFERENT, dry cloth after 15 minutes works perfect. If I'd keep on refreshing the cloth every 15 minutes I could theoretically plop forever.

You could dry overnight with nothing on your head, just lie your hair down on your pillow some of us do that.

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I have had good luck plopping overnight' ! I use soft old t shirts that are a little small for me. The first time I go for about 15 minutes then I change to another one to sleep in. The first one gets soaked pretty fast. In the morning my hair Is still a little damp and the curls do look strange but I spray with water and let them fall naturally after that. I also have fairly short bangs that I am trying to grow out so I put in some foam rollers so they match the rest of my hair. If a do a wash n go my hair will be wet until mid afternoon and it is too cold here for that nonsense plus I have NO patience to diffuse.
Katie
2C/3a, Medium Texture, Normal porosity, High Density, Normal Elasticity (so says the LCLF Hair analysis)
Co Wash: As I am
RO: Yes To Carrots / Ion
LI: Biotera / Samy Big Curls Defining Cream
Gel: FSG, Volumax (Original and Mega)
Color: Henna
Tools: Diffusing
Here are the pics of my overnight plop earlier this week, Ignore the dumb look on my face
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Katie
2C/3a, Medium Texture, Normal porosity, High Density, Normal Elasticity (so says the LCLF Hair analysis)
Co Wash: As I am
RO: Yes To Carrots / Ion
LI: Biotera / Samy Big Curls Defining Cream
Gel: FSG, Volumax (Original and Mega)
Color: Henna
Tools: Diffusing
I have had success with overnight plops, as well. Typically I just plop for a little while (anywhere from 15 mins to an hour or two, depending on the demands of the day), then style. But I will do overnights on days when I have to get up really early and know 2nd day hair (even and updo) isn't going to be an option.

A couple things about plopping:

Hair length makes a difference. The shorter your hair, the less effective plopping will be. And even with plopping success - it will probably need/like less time in the plop the shorter your hair is.

Overnight plopping for me - I use LI, seal, and a light-ish gel. In the morning I take the plop down, usually spritz with water where it is "too dry", scrunch lightly with a flour sack or MF towel (sometimes even the one I plopped with), and then I'll either diffuse or air dry from there.

Straight out if the plop it looks a little... Odd sometimes. So I have to go through those quick steps, and it fixes any issues.

HTH!
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I have not tried plopping overnight because I feel like having anything on my head PLUS the weight of wet hair would be so uncomfortable to sleep with. I toss and turn alot so I'm sure I would end up pulling the tshirt off my head at some point and totally ruin the curls. Not to mention, end up having to sleep on a wet pillow!
I wash my hair every morning then plop for about 15-20 while I get dressed and do my make up then I diffuse until its about 90% dry. I use a rectangular microfiber towel I got at Marshalls or one of my husbands big tshirts.
I believe waterlily716 has a great video on youtube on how she plops her hair!
Plopping does not work at all for me. I have 3a curls that tend to be S curls, plopping only flattens them further and gives me really weird shapes.....I can't even imagine what sleeping in a plop would do!

Funny how different things work (or don't!) for each of us.
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I'm with ZigaZaga. I have very fine hair that will go basically whichever way it is told, so plopping gives me a crazy half-flat/half-backwards mess. I'm going to try again if I ever have much longer hair.
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Because my hair is medium, verging towards fine, texture, I can't plop for more than 10-15 minutes. If I go for any more than that, my curls get all wonky and deformed. If I plopped overnight, I feel fairly certain that my curls would look awful and stick out in weird, wonky ways.

I do a short 5 minute plop after applying my leave-in. Then I apply my styling jelly and, using a dry cloth, do a second 10-15 minute plop. This seems to work well for me.
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I know this thread is old but I have been tearing through the NatCurly website for two weeks now since I decided to transition back to my natural curls.

I have been having little to no luck with drying my hair using either a diffuser or air drying. The diffuser always causes frizz. Even with turning the blow dryer off and on as instructed, my crown always gets frizzy. So I tried air drying a few days, and even if I could get beyond the fact that it takes around 6 hours to air dry (who has time for this???), it still comes out looking bad.

So last night, fed up with it all I took a shower, added my LI detangler/ LI condish, BB style primer, and a dab of gel and scrunched as normal. Used my MF towel to scrunch out excess moisture then I tossed it all up in a plop and went straight to bed.

I woke up early this morning expecting my hair to be a complete trainwreck...and it was, partially. I have medium-length hair so it's not long enough to withstand a long plop, but leaving it to dry overnight left it SO soft omg and such beautiful curls...but they were all matted to my head and spritzing with water didn't cut it, so I dampened it, reformed my part, scrunched in some mousse and diffused and my curls are the softest they have been since the transition began. They are big and bouncy and I felt like the white red-headed version of Beyonce while walking to get my morning fix of caffeine on the way to work.

I will definitely try the overnight plop again once my hair is a bit longer. If nothing else, it's nice being able to wash at night and go to bed, and just fix it in the morning.
Welcome to NC. I'm glad to hear this kinda worked for you. It sounds like something you can tweek and so glad it worked your first try. Sometimes I have to try things at different hair lengths and such but overnight plop hasn't worked for me. YAY for you!
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Thanks! this website is the HG of curly hair, and it seems to have such a lovely community.

I just bought the devafuser and I'm happy to say that I've had way more success with it than my traditional bowl-shaped one, so now I plop for about 20 minutes then diffuse using only the cool setting (which weirdly works on my insanely thick hair, as long as I've scrunched with the MF towel before diffusing).
Thanks! this website is the HG of curly hair, and it seems to have such a lovely community.

I just bought the devafuser and I'm happy to say that I've had way more success with it than my traditional bowl-shaped one, so now I plop for about 20 minutes then diffuse using only the cool setting (which weirdly works on my insanely thick hair, as long as I've scrunched with the MF towel before diffusing).

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