Curly hair is naturally more sensitive than straight hair and it tends to dry out easily, so caring for it with the right hair care routine is crucial to maintaining its health. You might have your hair washing routine all figured out, but the drying part is just as important so what’s the best way to go about it?
If you’re still experimenting with different ways to dry your waves, curls or coils, hair plopping is definitely worth a try and today we’ll explain exactly why. Learn everything about the curly hair plopping method:
What is hair plopping?
Hair plopping is a heat-free drying and styling technique where you accordion your curls on top of your head, as a way to maintain the definition of their natural spiral shape. Commonly used on curly hair, plopping helps you achieve locks that are smoother, while keeping frizz, split ends and even heat damage at bay.
Curly hair plopping also lifts your hair at the root, preventing gravity from weighing down the hair and helping you to achieve the volume of your dreams.
Should you plop curly hair with a towel or t-shirt?
While this is a common question for hair plopping newbies, the answer is simple: using your regular, terry cloth towels while plopping curly hair is a no-no. This type of towel absorbs moisture that your curly hair loves and needs to thrive, and the fibres they’re made of can be too harsh on your locks, causing them to frizz up and lose definition.
Instead, opt for a t-shirt or a microfibre cloth when plopping your hair. Both options are a lot gentler on your hair since they don’t soak up too much moisture or cause friction that would mess up the natural texture of your curls.
How to plop hair for flawless curls
Plopping curly hair is super easy and you can do it in just four steps. For this method, you’ll need your go-to curly hair shampoo, conditioner and styling products, and a t-shirt or microfibre towel.
1. Start with freshly washed damp hair
The first step to hair plopping is washing your hair with products that work for your hair type. Our be curly™ shampoo and conditioner are an excellent duo for anyone with naturally textured hair: formulated with wheat protein and organic aloe blend, both products tame frizz and increase shine, while leaving a refreshing citrus pure-fume™ aroma on your hair.
Once you get out of the shower, flip your head upside down and shake your head to get rid of the excess water. If you want to, you can also use your t-shirt or microfibre cloth to delicately squeeze your hair and remove that extra moisture. Just remember not to rub your hair dry, as that will manipulate your locks and defeat the purpose of curly hair plopping.