Learn How to Plop Hair for Healthy, Bouncy Curls

Hair plopping is the at-home styling technique taking over TikTok for bouncy, frizz-free curls.
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Flora Carter photographed by Christine Kreiselmaier for L'OFFICIEL Poland August 2017.

For curly-headed girls, there's no holy grail secret to getting the perfect hair, but the newest styling trend, hair plopping, might be as close as it gets. The technique, which has been around for ages, recently resurfaced on TikTok through the #plopthathair tag. The idea is that by wrapping the hair in a certain way when wet, it retains moisture while drying, which is vital for curly hair. Try out hair plopping with these three quick and easy steps:

Apply stying products to damp hair

After getting out the shower and combing your hair through, apply styling products as usual. To support the hair plopping process, try products that aid in de-frizzing or humidity protection. The Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream hydrates the hair to cut down on frizz, while the Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream infuses oils to keep curls soft and in tact. Bumble and Bumble's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer also protects from bad hair days by shieling your locks from the sun's drying rays.

Plop hair onto a microfiber towel or T-shirt

For the actual plopping, grab any T-shirt or a microfiber towel, like this one from Devacurl. Lay the T-shirt onto a flat surface with the hem of the shirt closest to you. Bend over and plop your hair onto the middle of the shirt, being careful to let your curls lay coiled, with your front hairline meeting the hem. Wrap the bottom of the shirt around your head, meeting at the nape of your neck and tying it in place. Flip the top of the T-shirt back, covering the nape of the neck. If the shirt is too long, try rolling the top of the shirt. Then, bring the sleeves around to the front and tie in place.

If using a towel, lay it out horozontally in front of you. After bending over and plopping your curls with your hairline meeting the edge of the towel closest to you, fold the towel over so the other edge is at the nape of your neck. Carefully stand up and twist the towel so it stays in place.

Wait 30 minutes before untying

After waiting at least 30 minutes (some people do it overnight), untie the shirt or towel and shake out your hair without running your fingers through it. In fact, try touching your curls as little as possible. From here, you can air dry your curls or blow dry with a diffuser. Post-plop, your tresses should be defined and hydrated.



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