Hair plopping doesn’t exactly sound glamorous, but it’ll make your strands look so amazeballs you won’t even care.
Fact: Accepting your crazy-curly mane for what it is doesn’t make maintaining it any easier. (Like, at all.) Fortunately for you, there’s this thing called hair plopping that’s been making a splash. It’s a super easy, super convenient hair drying technique that tames your hair, puts the kibosh on frizz and boosts volume—no styling damage required.
All you need to get the job done is a t-shirt or terry cloth towel that’s designed specifically for hair (regular towels draw out too much moisture and are rough on the hair’s cuticle, hence all the frizzies).
Here’s how to become a hair plopping boss:
Once you’re out of the shower, scrunch out the excess water and apply your usual styling products—leave-in conditioner, styling mousse, cream, gel, whatevs. You’re now ready to get your plop on.
Lay a long-sleeved t-shirt or towel on a flat surface, with sleeves closest to you (if applicable, obvi). Lean over and place your head against the surface, and position your hair so all your curls are positioned in the center of the towel and on the top of your head, a la Marge Simpson.
Take the far edge of the shirt or towel (where the bottom of your strands are) and flip it over your head to the nape of your neck.
Take the sleeves of the shirt or sides of the towel and start twisting them away from your face. You should now have a big twist on each side of your head.
Carefully stand and twist the rolls toward the back of your head into a bun. Secure the bun with a hair tie.
Leave on for 20 minutes, or however long it typically takes for your hair to dry. Once you’ve removed the shirt or towel, make sure not to touch the curls while they’re still wet or all of your hard work will have been for nothing.
Here’s a handy infographic from Naturally Curly in case you need a visual:
Before you know it, your curls will be the spirally beauties you always knew they could be. Swoon.
Have you ever tried hair plopping?
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