How to: Plop Your Hair for Perfect Curls

Mon, 12 December 2011 8:50AM

Sick of the towel falling off your head when you lean forward to put on body moisturizer? Water dripping from your hair annoys the hell out of you? Tired of blow drying the hair and setting the hair afterwards? Why not try plopping your hair? Beauty blogger Ponikuta assures us plopping has nothing to do with the toilet bowl but everything to do with making curls AWESOME.

All you need is an old T-shirt, some practice and patience and voila! Drying and setting your hair at one go. Perfect for curly hair to help create curl structure but I don’t see why straight hair won’t benefit from this (just add more styling product).

Step 1:
Start with freshly shampooed and conditioned hair. Squeeze excess water out of the hair and prep the hair with some styling product, preferably some form of curl enhancing product (I love Frédéric Fekkai’s Tousled Wave Spray). If volume is your thing, add some thickening spray towards the roots. Bumble and Bumble, ghd & Frédéric Fekkai have brilliant volumisers.

Step 2:
Lay an old T-shirt (or Aquis towel) down on a flat surface. Lean with your head forward, hanging down and position the wet hair onto the T-shirt/towel. The key is to aim for your curls/hair pointing towards the middle of the T-shirt/towel.

Step 3:
Pull the T-shirt/towel tight against the top and sides of the head, grabbing both sides and twisting them into long sausage rolls near each ear.

Step 4:
Take these roll up extensions and pull them to the nape of the neck and tie them securely together. If tying seems difficult, try clipping them together.

Step 5:
Go about with your moisturizing, sipping martini whilst shaving, epilating, reading a book while cooking, saving a kitten from drowning, whatever that is you do after shower and let the curls ‘set’ for as long as you like or at least 30 minutes.

Step 6:
Take off the T-shirt/towel and gently shake down the curls. Style as you wish. Add more styling product if need be.

Here is a lovely illustration, from the curly haired folk at naturally curly.

Hope you enjoy plopping your hair as much as I did. I had to practice doing this a couple times, adjusting here and there for the T-shirt to accommodate my hair but once I got the hang out of it, I had it done in no time. So will you!

Also, don’t let the man catch you in action, if not you’ll be risking to be known as the Queen Armidala, that’s all.


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  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Mon, 12 December 2011 01:48pm

    this is so weird lol, i will try this out when i have some spare time! thanks :)

  • Posted by: sprinkles37 Master Fan // Mon, 12 December 2011 02:11pm

    I can’t wait to try this to see how well it works. :)

  • Posted by: yummii Supporter // Mon, 12 December 2011 08:45pm

    Interesting – but would this work well with naturally straight hair

  • Posted by: VivaLaVicki Master Fan // Tue, 13 December 2011 02:14pm

    Going to try this after my shower tonight – I hate when my towel falls off!

  • Posted by: Becca Master Fan // Tue, 13 December 2011 09:00pm

    I love this idea but it does sound super strange.

  • Posted by: Supporter // Wed, 14 December 2011 05:16pm

    I’m not sure how it will give you curls but I’m definitely keen!

  • Posted by: SydneyRose Master Fan // Mon, 19 December 2011 09:45pm

    Never heard of this technique before! I must give it a go.

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Thu, 22 December 2011 08:25pm

    Wow, this is so easy, I’ll have to give it a try.

  • Posted by: Karen-1298334769 Master Fan // Wed, 4 January 2012 10:37pm

    I kind of do this with a turbie towel and its seems to work the same way.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 20 November 2013 10:06pm

    Thank you so much, what a fabulous way to plop for perfect curls, I’ll be telling my sister about this clever idea.

  • Posted by: judy Wright // Sun, 22 June 2014 08:04am

    Great site, particular ly plopping. I cant wait totry it out on my coily hair.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 15 August 2014 09:54am

    This would be great for naturally curly haired ladies.

  • Posted by: cottoncandy19 Master Fan // Wed, 22 June 2016 06:18pm

    I have used rollers before and my curls never turned out as nice as I wanted


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