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Plopping/Clumping Issues

I've recently started CG (products on my signature), but I've been plopping with a tshirt with ehhh results. It comes out really stringy and separated. I've been doing my cowash, rinsing, applying condish, comb through, rinse, and then rake/scrunch in HE Totally Twisted Gel in sopping wet hair in the shower, then immediately plop.

What am I doing wrong? any suggestions?
Started CG on 8/19/2011
Currently using:
CO Wash- Suave Naturals Juicy Apple
Condish- Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Condish
Leave In- Suave Naturals
Gel- HE Set Me Up Spray Gel and HE Totally Twisted Gel

Comments

  • itsiliiiitsiliii Posts: 340Registered Users
    Maybe plopping is not your thing? My hair has never really liked it :p

    Another thing that could be causing lifeless curls is that you didn't do one last sulfate wash (with no cones) to your hair

    BUT if you did do one last sulfate wash then I'm guessing your hair is just being rebellious and going through a transition period- no worries and just stick with CG! also don't be afraid to try out other gels and products :3
    cat...im a kitty cat...and i dance dance dance :blob7:
    2B/2C hair! :thumbup:

    Shampoo: GTTT, SheaMoisture
    Condish Tresemme naturals, GFTN
    DT: Lustrasilk + honey :)
    LI: KCKT, GVP CB
    Styling products: Ouidad CC, TIGI Catwalk, KCCC, PaulMitchell Sculpting Foam
    Oils: Coconut
  • McfrizzyMcfrizzy Posts: 406Registered Users
    I've recently started CG (products on my signature), but I've been plopping with a tshirt with ehhh results. It comes out really stringy and separated. I've been doing my cowash, rinsing, applying condish, comb through, rinse, and then rake/scrunch in HE Totally Twisted Gel in sopping wet hair in the shower, then immediately plop.

    What am I doing wrong? any suggestions?

    when i rake in products my hair comes out stringy so that might be why since your seperating the clumps also plopping does not work for everyone so just experiment
    Lo-poo:organix Shea butter shampoo
    Co-wash: suave coconut
    Rinse out:GFTN/GVP conditioning balm
    Leave in: GF daily care spray leave in
    Serum-like product: still need one
    Gel:LA looks sport gel/ HESMU,GFPC
    Oils: olive, coconut

    I think I'm normal-overly porous, medium-thick hair(although I see fine hair too), love protein
  • Cuban-curl-ECuban-curl-E Posts: 476Registered Users
    Plopping never worked for me. I too had stringy mini clumps, frizz on top and misshapen curls. I get better clumps by applying all products to soaking wet hair, sometimes I finger comb and sometimes I use a denman brush and then gently blot out excess water with tshirt. No plop. Much better clumps.
    3a/b, fine texture, low porosity, normal elasticity, mod-CG 7/11/11

    Poo: KC Come Clean, SM Moisture Retention
    CO: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Renpure Argan Oil, YTCucumbers, Sevi Pumpkin
    Style: AIF, HESMU, Biolage gelee, KCCC
    LOOB for second day hair


    Like BS/ACV rinses, limit protein/humectants.
  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users
    I find that it helps to squeeze as much excess water as I can out of my hair in my fists, then squish gel in. If you can hear it squish like walking through mud in all areas, and squish them all well, you'll get great product distribution, and it should help your clumping.

    If you haven't watched the Jessicurl videos on gel application and plunking (a.k.a. plopping), those would probably help.
    Peace,
    Morgan

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008
  • CurlyCanadian11CurlyCanadian11 Posts: 125Registered Users
    Try switchig gels?

    Fight the frizz!!
    2c/3a
    recovering from a chemically straightened nightmare!!
    Going back to my roots (literally!) CG since Aug 2011
    Fine, Thin, damaged, very porous, some elasticity.
    Cleanse:no poo
    Condish: one condition
    Style: Angel, B'leave in
    DT:Heaven in Hair!
    Spritz and Condish!!
    MY NEW HG: FSG and bent root clips with HESMEU hairspray flexible hold
  • cityraincityrain Posts: 5Registered Users
    I'm finding success with applying gel after I plop. Of course, in the experimental stage, success means it worked twice. Anyway, I put a LI (right now it's KCKT) into dripping but not soaking wet hair, then plop for 20-30 min. Then I use a smidgen of gel, a dime sized amount for my whole head or I end up with cement curls. I mix the gel with a little water and just barely smooth it over the canopy and GENTLY scrunch the ends, then gently smooth down frizz if I see it.

    My hair, as I see it, is fine, dense and low to average porosity if the water bowl test can be trusted (I'm skeptical). I suppose I'm 3b with some 3a patches.

    Hope this helps! I know there is a thread about putting on product post-plop.
    Fine/medium, low porosity, curly

    Cones, fates and bens used in moderation