Plopping? A great technique to get defined curls!

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My dear curlies! I’ve mentioned the plopping technique already a few times on the blog, but haven’t yet done a post on how to plop. So here it is!

Plopping definitely is one of the parts of my washing routine I couldn’t imagine to skip – this is why:

  • Plopping leads to frizz-free & defined curls by getting rid of excess moisture before blow-drying
  • Plopping makes my curls curlier
  • It doesn’t take up much time, because you’ll be able to do other things while plopping

You’ll need: 

  • an (old) long-sleeved t-shirt
  • something like a chair to plop on


When’s the right time to plop?

Start washing your hair just as you usually do. I suggest you to plop after applying gel to your curls and after scrunching them with your bare hands to already get rid of as much moisture as possible. Meaning your curls shouldn’t anymore be dripping wet when you start plopping.



So, this is how I usually plop (my t-shirt is already wet because I had to get from the shower to where I took the photos, as I didn’t want to cause a huge mess, I’ve already plopped for a few minutes before taking the pictures):


1. Start by putting your old long-sleeved t-shirt on the chair – the sleeves facing you.


2. Place your curls onto the middle of the t-shirt.


3. Take the lower part of your t-shirt and place it above your head to cover all of your curls (also see the following picture).


4. Grab both sleeves and bring them to the “edges” of your t-shirt.


5. Make sure the t-shirt covers all of your curls and then start twisting the sleeves and the edges of your t-shirt until it’s tight to your head (twist 2-3 times).


6. Cross the two sleeves at your neck so there’re now on the opposite side and get back upright to finish fixing the t-shirt with step 7.


7. Get your sleeves on top of your head and tie them into a knot, which will hold your t-shirt in place.

You can plop for as long as you like to! I usually do something else while like putting on my make-up while plopping (which works just fine because the t-shirt stays in place). On average I plop for about 10 minutes. After plopping I use the t-shirt to scrunch my curls one last time before I blow-dry them.

  • Elena
    March 5, 2015

    I love plopping! It’s the technique that has changed my hair <3
    Love your blog, your hair and everything curl-related haha!

    Elena |

  • Megan
    June 27, 2015

    I LOVE plopping! I decided to try plopping overnight and the results were amazing! I do know some people who say plopping overnight isn’t for them and leaves them with wonky, flat curls, but it gives mine more volume and definition.

  • Adele
    July 7, 2015

    I recently plopped! Thank you for the advice. Take a look at me sampling it on my blog!

    • Sandra
      July 8, 2015

      Hi Adele, thanks for sending me the link, your curls are looking good!

  • Launica
    November 2, 2015

    Does this also work for fluffy hair… my hair does not really get frizzy it just gets fluffy as it dries.

    • allie
      January 20, 2017

      mine is the opposite. fluffy at my ends and not at my roots

  • Brooke
    November 28, 2015

    My hair does the same thing as Launica’s. I recently started plopping overnight after taking a shower before bed, and in the mornings I’ve noticed how curly my hair really is. But the bad thing is I still have a really frizzy middle section of my hair. The best parts are the ends where the most amount of Firm Styling Mousse is applied. Is there a way for me to be able just to have air dry-able hair without making have to be stiff?

  • laura
    April 26, 2016

    Yes I find my hair is very similar but it has got rid of most of the friss

  • Lori
    November 9, 2016

    Is overnight plopping safe for my hair??

  • Wendy
    June 26, 2017

    How do you plop if you have bangs that you don’t want to curl?

  • Felicia
    October 8, 2017

    This may be a stupid question but how do you get the tangles out? I usually have to run my fingers through my hair while in the shower but also have to do it after I get out and I feel like I’m pulling the curl out of my hair!

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