Updated: Jan 19
Curls have made a comeback big time! With more people switching to their “au’ natural” hair texture, the search has began for the perfect curly routine.
You may or may not have heard of some of the key phrases used in a curly routine (ie: plopping, root-clipping, co-washing, etc) and as your guide to all things curly I wanted to shied some light on this topic.
Today I will be discussing plopping.
Plopping is a technique that can be used on curl or wavy hair and it’s a technique to dry the hair without getting frizz.
If you have curly strands you are probably no stranger to frizz. Frizz is caused by dryness and fraction. When we typically dry our hair after showering, majority of people will go to town with the towel and rubbed the hair and scalp vigorously. Not only does this rough up the cuticle but it also promotes the frizz. Plopping the hair is the answer to allow your hair to not only dry without frizz but it also allows the curls to form as the hair is drying.
How to plop you maybe asking?
The best thing to use is an old t-shirt and to place is on a flat surface (like your bed). Once you get out of the shower, scrunch your hair with your hands to gently remove the excess water and apply a leave-in treatment (like Enjoy Shaping Lotion). Next, stand in front of t-shirt on the bed and flip your head over and place your hair in front of you. Shake out your hair in front of you as you’re bent over so that it’s falling towards the ground. Reach towards the back of your head to make sure that every strand of hair is in front of you. Lower your curls onto the t-shirt so that’s they coil naturally and then knot the sleeves of the t-shirt. Now just let it dry. Once it is completely dry comb through your hair and use your fingers to separate the curls.
In the next post I will be discussing co-washing vs traditional conditioners as well as cleansing conditioners.
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Hope this information has cleared up the mystery of plopping and you decided to give it a try.
Happy Hair Days!