Every time I hear the words plop and plunk, I am reminded of splashing puddles on a rainy day. But plopping and plunking curly hair has got nothing to do with that 😛 This is a method that was born on the NaturallyCurly forum and is perfect to help decrease the drying time of your hair, enhance waves and curls and take care of wet hair till it is dry or semi dry (Because we know “how your hair dries will be how it looks”).
What is plopping/plunking?
Plopping is a method to scrunch your curls and keep them in the scrunched position without using your hands – you use a tee instead. And your hair stays on the top of your head. It is best suited for long hair as short hair can get crushed and lose shape.
How does plopping help curly hair?
1) We know how scrunching helps curl definition. As we scrunch with our hands, we can see how curls start getting curlier. So if we were to keep it in that position for longer, hair would become curlier.
2) Water and product weight can pull down wavy and curly hair causing it to elongate. Since plopping takes care of gravity, no more weighed down curls.
3) We know how wet hair looks good and how problems start once it starts drying. If we help our curly hair dry intact without any outside disturbances, there are more chances of it drying perfectly to give well defined frizz free curls.
4) Since the hair mass sits on top of the head, roots are not being pulled down. This gives you a lift at the roots and not a flat crown.
5) Excess water is absorbed by the towel and this reduces your drying time considerably.
How to plop/plunk curly hair
1.After your regular shower routine and applying product to wet curls, lay a cotton t-shirt on a flat surface (bed, chair or table) with the sleeves facing away from you.
2.Flip your head over and lower your head onto the t-shirt, so that they pile on top of each other like an accordion or harmonium (musical instrument).
3.Take the bottom of your t-shirt and secure it over the nape of your neck.
4.Bring the sleeve part over your head, still holding the other end at your neck (you can use a clip to secure this if you don’t want to keep holding this).
5.Bring the sleeves forward.
6.Quickly twist them on both sides and tie them on top of your forehead.
There is a chance that the effectiveness of the plopping may decrease as the tee gets saturated with water. That’s where double plopping may help. After plopping for about 15-20 minutes, remove the tee, take another completely dry tee and plop again. This also helps in shortening your drying time further.
Single or double, you can plop for anywhere between 10 minutes to a few hours before diffusing or air-drying your hair; or you can even keep the plop overnight. I sometimes plop for 15 minutes or sometimes leave it overnight. The results the next day are truly magical. You have got to see it for yourself!