Step 5: Finally, lift your head up and pat yourself on the back for successfully plopping your hair for the first time.
How long do you plop your hair?
Honestly, it’s up to you. You can leave your hair plopped while you’re busying yourself around the house for 10 to 20 minutes. Or, you could play another episode of Virgin River and keep it on for 30 to 60 minutes. Heck, you can even leave it overnight, while you get your beauty rest.
It all depends on your hair type, texture and length. With a few trials, you’ll find a rhythm that works best for your hair. (And of course, if your hair is still damp post plop, you can let it air-dry or use your diffuser on just those areas.)
Is plopping actually good for your hair?
Yes! Many wavy, curly and coily gals can benefit from plopping their hair. While twisting your hair up in a regular towel might be fine on straight strands, it can stretch out curls and rough up the cuticle, leaving them frizzy and more prone to breakage.
Plopping keeps your curl pattern in place, while bringing the volume, shine and definition you’re looking for once your hair has dried. It does this by lifting your roots and drying your hair from the top rather than weighing it down.
Can the plopping hair method be done on all hair types?
Yes, but people with waves and looser curls (2A to 3B) will benefit the most from plopping. For those with tighter curls and coils (3C to 4C), it will dry your hair effectively, but can also lead to shrinkage, a loss of definition and tangles. However, you can still benefit from this technique by taking an extra step and braiding or twisting your hair before wrapping it up.
Dread drying your hair? Consider plopping it instead for the bouncy, hydrated curls you’ve been searching for without ever having to pick up a diffuser.