Does Plopping Work on Naturally Wavy Hair? Your Questions, Answered

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Wanna add some definition to your natural waves and see more curls?

Save time and get beautiful waves by plopping your hair. Hair plopping is the tried and true method many are using to get gorgeous curls and natural-looking waves.

Learn how plopping works and how to do it by reading this article.

What Is Hair Plopping? 

Plopping hair is a styling technique where you wrap wet hair so that it scrunches on top of your head. It can boost your hair’s natural waves and reduce drying time.

Use this new method instead of scrunching to get natural-looking waves that are free from excess hair products that make your hair feel crunchy.

What Tools Should I Use? 

For the best results, you need to use the right tools. Some people plop their hair using an old cotton tee shirt, but this is not the best method.

Cotton absorbs water very quickly and can suck the moisture out of your hair. Instead, opt for a premium microfiber towel. A microfiber towel can make the difference between beautifully defined, healthy waves and curls or a head full of frizzy hair.

Microfiber is a synthetic fiber that has moisture-wicking properties. This helps dry your hair without removing too much of the moisture your hair needs to keep healthy and shine. Microfiber is soft to the touch and slightly elastic, so it will conform to the shape of your head.

Unlike a cotton tee shirt, a microfiber towel doesn’t need to be tied. This prevents your hair from breaking or splitting off at the ends.

How to Plop Wavy Hair

Plopping wavy hair is a simple technique. Some people plop their hair at night and leave it on to dry until the morning. Other people plop quickly for 20 to 30 minutes. Play around with this technique until you find the perfect amount of time for your hair.

Step one: When you come out of the shower, put your normal hair products into your hair.

Step two: Lay out your microfiber towel on your bed or bathroom counter. Flip your hair over and center it on your microfiber towel. Make sure your hair is lined up in the center of your towel.

Step three: Wrap the microfiber towel around your head and secure it with the elastic loop to prevent it from slipping.

And that’s it! You are now plopping your hair. As it dries, you can continue with your beauty routine or enjoy a cup of coffee. When you are ready to remove your towel, carefully take it off so you do not mess up your natural waves.

Some ladies like to finish off their style by using a blowdryer with a diffuser, while others allow it to fully dry naturally.

Does Plopping Work on All Hair Types? 

It may take some trial and error to figure out the best way to plop your hair. Like any styling method, play around with hair plopping until you find out what works best for you.

Hair plopping is a great tool for ladies with curls and natural waves, because it leaves the curls intact and doesn’t stretch them out. Ladies with baby fine hair can also experience the benefits of plopping, because it is gentle on your hair and can lead to less frizz.

Why Does Plopping Wavy Hair Work?

Sure, you could pile your hair up on top of your hair in an ordinary towel as people have done for many years, but that won’t help define your waves or curls. Drying your hair with a terry cloth bath towel is probably the worst way to dry your hair.

Terry cloth bath towels have a lot of friction and friction in this equation equals frizz. There is no faster way to get wild, frizzy hair than by using a terry cloth towel. Wrapping your hair in a soft microfiber towel avoids the frizz completely because there is less friction involved.

The microfiber towel is absorbant and thinner. It gently wicks away moisture and leaves your curls and waves to dry much faster. Not to mention, microfiber towels will not disrupt your curl or wave pattern.

And when your hair is up on your head in the towel, gravity is pulling it down and stretching out your waves. Gravity kills your waves.

Do I Have to Use Hair Products? 

The short answer is no. You don’t have to use hair products. However, if hair products are a part of your normal styling routine, go ahead and use them. The nice thing here is that you have options.

The success of plopping doesn’t depend on the hair products that you use or don’t use. It’s all in the technique. Some ladies like to use a leave-in conditioner, styling mousse, or gel on their hair to give it extra hold and fight humidity-induced frizz once you step outside.

You can also apply hair oils or coconut oil to prevent flyaways, but it’s really up to you. Just make sure your hair products are evenly distributed throughout the hair so it is not weighing down your plopping.

What Else Should I Know? 

Ideally, ladies with medium to long hair will get better results with hair plopping. If your hair falls below the shoulder, than this technique is for you.

Wavy hair plopping is great for multi-taskers. Plop your hair and then throw in some laundry, make the kids lunch for school, do the dishes, or talk on the phone. Hair plopping will not disrupt your morning routine.

Spritz your hair with a small amount of spray gel or light hair spray after your remove your microfiber towel to hold your waves in place all day long.

Plop Your Hair and Go In Style

Plopping is the perfect technique for people with natural waves, curly hair, or even fine hair. It will keep your hair healthy, shiny, and looking its best.

Use a Turbie Twist Microfiber Hair Towel to transform your morning routine and get the beautiful beach waves of your dreams.

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