Plopping? Who likes it...who doesn't?

I got my hair cut suuuuuper short in November, about chin-length at the longest. In December, I tried plopping with some good and some bad results. It worked off an on. However, now, my hair at its longest is about collarbone length when wet. Should I try plopping again?? Do any shorter curlies like it?
Routine
Weekly Shampoo: Kinky-Curly Come Clean + Coconut Oil
Co-wash/RO: Cure Care Skin & Hair Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Kinky-Curly Curling Custard

Techniques
  • combing to detangle and separate curls
  • scrunch 'n pump!
  • t-shirt turban
Hair :love1: coconut oil and protein
Hair :angry7: silicones, sulfates, glycerin, synthetic ingredients

2c/C/ii/low porosity. Growing out!
*November- above chin
*January- at chin
*March- around collarbone
:)

Comments

  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,204Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I do well with plopping, but I find it works better when I don't plop for long- usually only 5-10 minutes while I get dressed.
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    LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
    STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
  • beeduhbeeduh Posts: 684Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My hair is pretty short too. When dry it hangs just above my shoulders. Though I have lots of layers too. I've noticed that plopping doesn't help my curl really, but it does help with frizzing. I plop long enough for my hair not to be dripping wet, about 10-15 minutes or so.
    CG as of Feb. 2012
    combination hair.
    2c on top - low elasticity
    3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
    fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
    porosity: normal to high.
    loves protein and moisture.
    BSACV as needed.

    products may vary. i'm a PJ.
    loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
  • kimmidawnkimmidawn Posts: 900Registered Users
    Corrina777 wrote: »
    I do well with plopping, but I find it works better when I don't plop for long- usually only 5-10 minutes while I get dressed.

    +1...I think it works best when my hair is still moderately wet from my shower after I finish plopping, so I usually keep it under 15 mins. I probably would do it closer to five mins but after I finish my shower, all I want to do is lay around, so it's usually closer to 10-15 mins.
    2b, fine texture, normal porosity & elasticity (CG as of 12/2011)

    Low-poo: UFD Rich & Funky
    Cowash: VO5 Kiwi Lime
    RO: Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
    PT/DT: IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
    LI: KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
    Styling: Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse


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  • curlislandcurlisland Posts: 85Registered Users
    When my hair was shorter I found I could only plop for about 5-10 minutes at a time without my hair looking crazy. As it grew out I was able to plop for longer periods of time but overnight plopping for me can have some unpredictable results! Experiment with it and see what works best for you :)
    [PHP][/PHP]High porosity. 3C.
    Poos: NG Hemp Shampoo.
    Condish: Alba Botanica Gardenia Hydrating Condish. Mill Creek Keratin. Aussie Moist.
    Leave in: Alba Botanica Leave In. Tresemme Naturals. Cantu.
    Seal: Whipped Shea Butter Mix.
    Styling: GF Pure Clean. EcoStyler Protein.
    Hair loves: Finger combing. Protein.
    Hair hates: Plopping.
  • vanek07vanek07 Posts: 86Registered Users
    I've had shorter hair for probably ten years. In all that time it hasn't gotten past my shoulders. And even when it was pretty short I loved plopping. It has always worked for me. I have 3a hair and I have to put products in after towel-drying/plopping (except leave in).

    So I would give it another shot. Definitely sounds like your hair is long enough now.
  • hippiechic81hippiechic81 Posts: 1,239Registered Users
    When I cut my hair into a slightly inverted, chin-length or so bob last spring, I tried plopping for quite awhile before realizing it wasn't doing a damn thing for me. I experimented with all different time-lengths and it just wasn't it for me. I just assumed my hair was too short but last month or so I gave it another shot and my hair looked insanely hideous!!!! So unless I'm doing it completely wrong, plopping just isn't for me. :mrgreen:
    2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

    [FONT=Going back and forth between Herbal Essence Don't Fade On Me shampoo and condish and L'oreal Sulfate Free shampoo

    Stylers-
    - Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

    [/COLOR][/FONT] My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!:headbang:

    mod-CG since December '10

    I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

    My hair is basically my hobby!!

    http://balancedbeauty.blogspot.com/
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 7,169Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Doesn't work for me either. My hair is never much past my shoulders (and not even that long atm) and I find if I plop my hair just doesn't fall down into place when I take it out of the plop. I think it's too fine and just doesn't have the weight or movement for plopping to work.
    3b in South Australia.
  • curry curlscurry curls Posts: 1,083Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I love it, and my hair is pretty short. It gives me good volume. I plop for about 20 minutes. My fingers are all in my hair after I take it out of the plop...making my part, etc. I can't seem to leave it alone after I take it down. Maybe when it's longer, I'll be able to just shake it out a little and not touch it. :)
    Started CG July 8, 2008


    3B

    Co-wash: Deva Decadence No Poo
    Conditioner: Deva Decadence One Condition
    Leave-in/Styling: Deva Decadence One Condition and Deva Heaven In Hair
    Others: ACV rinses and protein treatments


  • yossarianyossarian Posts: 967Registered Users
    I'm with Corinna - after much experimentation, I found that 5 minutes is ideal. Any longer than that and my 3a BSL hair doesn't quite look right.

    Next thing I'm going to try (once I get my next Bed Bath & Beyond coupon!) is using flour sack towels instead of a T-shirt.
    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. - Jimi
    2c/3a, BSL, medium, low porosity
    Low-poo: Bobeam and CV poo bars; Acure Argan Oil & Stem Cell
    Conditioner: Acure Argan Oil & Stem Cell; Desert Essence Shea
    Stylers: Sweet Curls Elixir Curl Cream; SM CES
    PT: BASK Whiskey Soak
  • kimmidawnkimmidawn Posts: 900Registered Users
    yossarian wrote: »
    I'm with Corinna - after much experimentation, I found that 5 minutes is ideal. Any longer than that and my 3a BSL hair doesn't quite look right.

    Next thing I'm going to try (once I get my next Bed Bath & Beyond coupon!) is using flour sack towels instead of a T-shirt.

    Just wanted to let you know you can get flour sack towels at Walmart in the kitchen section. Very cheap too.
    2b, fine texture, normal porosity & elasticity (CG as of 12/2011)

    Low-poo: UFD Rich & Funky
    Cowash: VO5 Kiwi Lime
    RO: Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
    PT/DT: IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
    LI: KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
    Styling: Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse


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    ^^ day 1 of going CG; avatar = 6 months later
  • amandamarieamandamarie Posts: 240Registered Users
    Soooo I only have a couple weeks experience at this BUT.

    My hair's a little longer than yours and I've tried it and its main appeal for me is that it shortens my drying time without creating frizz. I haven't noticed much difference in wave pattern for me in particular.

    EXCEPT that I have bangs and sometimes plopping makes my bangs go all weird ...
    2a/b (really thick but sort of fine with pretty weak waves), medium-to-fine texture, normal porosity (I think). Doesn't seem to like protein.

    Favorite products: Kinky-Curly Knot Today, Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle, Curl Junkie Curl Rehab, Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion, Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk, homemade flaxseed gel.

    Still looking for a cleanser I like. :dontknow:
  • yossarianyossarian Posts: 967Registered Users
    kimmidawn wrote: »
    yossarian wrote: »
    I'm with Corinna - after much experimentation, I found that 5 minutes is ideal. Any longer than that and my 3a BSL hair doesn't quite look right.

    Next thing I'm going to try (once I get my next Bed Bath & Beyond coupon!) is using flour sack towels instead of a T-shirt.

    Just wanted to let you know you can get flour sack towels at Walmart in the kitchen section. Very cheap too.
    Thanks for the heads-up! I'll check that out this weekend.
    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. - Jimi
    2c/3a, BSL, medium, low porosity
    Low-poo: Bobeam and CV poo bars; Acure Argan Oil & Stem Cell
    Conditioner: Acure Argan Oil & Stem Cell; Desert Essence Shea
    Stylers: Sweet Curls Elixir Curl Cream; SM CES
    PT: BASK Whiskey Soak
  • AliColeAliCole Posts: 7Registered Users
    When I tried plopping for the first time, I left it on for around 10 mins. and when I took it out, my hair was all frizzy and the curls were really undefined, they were like really small waves and I have 2C hair, so usually I have at least a bit of a curl.

    I tried it again the next day thinking, Maybe I did it wrong. It came out the same way—frizzy and wavy, kinda flat. I was really upset by this point, but I thought maybe I would do it again, one last time, just to make sure.

    So, I tried it the next day for a shorter time period, maybe a minute or three? It came out nearly frizz-free but still wavy. :( I really love how my hair had so little flyaways (AND how fast my hair dried), but I wanted my curls back. :/

    I think I'll stick to scrunching, but I'll try holding the scrunch for each section of hair for 20 seconds or more.

    EDIT: My hair's around shoulder-length, btw. :3 And I always apply my products (LI, VCO, and gel) before doing it.
    2c * normal porosity (?) * coarse
    mod-CG since 12/13

    clarifier: BS and vinegar
    low-poo: Human Heart Nature* Moisturizing shampoo
    co-wash: Beauty Formulas conditioner
    rinse-out: Human Heart Nature Moisturizing conditioner
    leave-in: VCO, RO
    sealers: MO, VCO
    styler: /bench FIX* extra shine hair gel

    *both are filipino brands
  • AlexaAlexa Posts: 208Registered Users
    I never got on well with plopping last time I had long hair but since getting a pixie & growing back out to a bob just above my shoulders I am loving it.
    What I do now is apply leave in & gel to dripping wet hair, scrunch well & sort my parting then I plop by putting my head back & letting it fall into a turbi-twist towel, I gently bring up the sides & twist to fasten on the top, (regular forward plopping gives me too much volume on top & makes my layers stick up) then after about 5/10 mins just while I wash, brush teeth etc I let my hair out & spray with a water/gel mix & scrunch in a bit. Then diffuse.
    I love that it shortens drying time & I hate walking round with dripping hair.

    The bit I do different now that I think has made a difference is the gel/water spray, I think the towel was taking too much gel out again & left me frizzy.
    U.K curly

    3A Curly Twirly.
    Golden brown (coloured to cover grey).
    Low poo: Dr Organic, L'Oreal Everpure.
    Conditioner: Dr Organic Argan Oil.
    Leave In: Aussie, Curl Harmony.
    Gel: Curl Keeper Original, Umberto Gianni.
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I find there are a LOT of variables with plopping: the type of towel, time, amount of water in hair at the start, amount of products used.

    For my porous hair I use a flour sack towel (better than microfibre), need more water in the underlayers and less water in the canopy, I've started using more gel and a longer plop successfully.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • SojSoj Posts: 45Registered Users Curl Novice
    What the heck is "plopping"?
  • AliColeAliCole Posts: 7Registered Users
    Soj wrote: »
    What the heck is "plopping"?

    It's a technique to dry your hair faster and make the curls more defined, sometimes it even puts more volume in the hair. :)

    There's more information here (wikihow), and also how to do it. There's also lots of videos on YouTube, if you prefer seeing it done exactly.
    2c * normal porosity (?) * coarse
    mod-CG since 12/13

    clarifier: BS and vinegar
    low-poo: Human Heart Nature* Moisturizing shampoo
    co-wash: Beauty Formulas conditioner
    rinse-out: Human Heart Nature Moisturizing conditioner
    leave-in: VCO, RO
    sealers: MO, VCO
    styler: /bench FIX* extra shine hair gel

    *both are filipino brands
  • mimi772005mimi772005 Posts: 39Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My hair is about shoulder length in the back and face framing layers in the front. I can only plopp for 15 mins the longest. I love it for my 3b hair..

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  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,684Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I'm going through a phase now where I am not plopping. Just scrunching when wet and using a tail comb to lift my roots. Have been getting great curls that last all day with no frizz on top of head. Going to keep with no plopping for a while!
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • MarixpressMarixpress Posts: 62Registered Users Curl Novice
    My last 2 plops worked out well. I plopped after using my styler for 30 minutes with an oversized cotton tee. Getting your hair in the right position takes practice.
    Day 1 of CG method: 10/5/13
    3b Corkicelli Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine Width, Medium Texture.
    LUS Brand #LoveYourCurls Curly formula (shampoo, Condish, Leave-in). Raked, smoothed & scrunched into soaking wet hair. Diffuse upside-down. Rustle shake at root when dry.

    NO CURL LEFT BEHIND!
    IG: @maribelle_curls
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My last plop worked pretty decently, surprisingly. Maybe it's because I used a thinner shirt this time?

    I'm still not sold on it though, because by pretty decently I just mean I didn't get frizz like I did the last time I plopped. I didn't actually notice a difference in my hair. So, yeah, I don't think I'll be plopping often, if at all. Maybe once my hair is longer it'll be a more useful technique ...
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • quirkicelliquirkicelli Posts: 41Registered Users
    Plopping makes the front of my head look amazing but it makes the hair on the back of my head look all weird and squished... :/ Maybe it'll work better when my hair's longer.
    CG newbie! Started Oct 5th 2013
    3A-ish - medium width (?) - high porosity - high density - chin length when curly
  • DaniGirl88DaniGirl88 Posts: 1,583Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My hair is just at chin length in the front and much shorter in the back. When my hair was longer, I tried plopping and it just didn't work for me. It really didn't do much to be quite honest. I tried after I got my hair cut and it still didn't do much for me. My hair curls up well and is pretty defined on it's own, so I tend to skip the plopping. I may try it again for just 5 minutes though as I'm reading most of you have had luck plopping for a shorter amount of time.
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    Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
    Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
    Leave in Products: As I Am Leave-In, SM Smoothie/Milk, KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In
    Air Dry

    Looking for new products and methods to try!



  • MarixpressMarixpress Posts: 62Registered Users Curl Novice
    3rd decent plop today :blob4: I think I'm getting the hang of this :thumbleft:
    Day 1 of CG method: 10/5/13
    3b Corkicelli Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine Width, Medium Texture.
    LUS Brand #LoveYourCurls Curly formula (shampoo, Condish, Leave-in). Raked, smoothed & scrunched into soaking wet hair. Diffuse upside-down. Rustle shake at root when dry.

    NO CURL LEFT BEHIND!
    IG: @maribelle_curls
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,722Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    I've plopped for a long time, when my hair was chin length or longer. Years ago I used a regular towel but for the last 10 years or so I've used a terry turban towel which works great for me. Adds curl and definition and makes my hair dry faster. Plus it keeps my hair out of the way while I put my face on.
    --I'm located in Western PA.   --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.   --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.   --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.   
    --My CG and grey hair progress -  
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html   
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey - 
    https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/color/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • Jenperry65Jenperry65 Posts: 2Registered Users
    when I was first transition to my natural curls I found that plopping really helped defined my 2c/3a hair but now that I have more naturally defined curls I'm finding that plopping isn't working much for me. It does reduce some of the frizz but it also tends to leave my hair more wavy rather than its normal curls. I does give me more volume at my roots but leaves my ends left defined and sometimes even leaves a few weird waves that just doesn't look right. So for now I'm gonna stop plopping and just air dry and work on something else for volume.
  • AngelaE8654AngelaE8654 Posts: 1,099Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    Jenperry65 wrote: »
    when I was first transition to my natural curls I found that plopping really helped defined my 2c/3a hair but now that I have more naturally defined curls I'm finding that plopping isn't working much for me. It does reduce some of the frizz but it also tends to leave my hair more wavy rather than its normal curls. I does give me more volume at my roots but leaves my ends left defined and sometimes even leaves a few weird waves that just doesn't look right. So for now I'm gonna stop plopping and just air dry and work on something else for volume.

    Diffusing upside down adds a LOT of volume. Here is a video that shows you exactly how to do it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOwMpF2mutU
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    I'm definitely a "curly" 2c. Sometimes curly and sometimes just wavy upper layer with a ringlety under layer. My hair has been thick and coarse since birth. Strawberry blonde in color that can and does change depending on the type and amount of light.


    All in all, I'm happy with my hair type but almost for sure think yours is prettier. :)
  • CaylynnCaylynn Posts: 117Registered Users
    I find a can plop if I'm using conditioner-only styling (only in perfect dews) or a sea salt spray for styling. My curls/waves go in all kinds of weird directions if I plop with gel in. I assume that's because my hair is fairly short. I do like plopping to keep my hair out of my face while I apply my skin creams and makeup in the morning, though. So sometimes I deal with the "wonky" curls for the convenience of the plop!
    Canadian - 2A/2B - chin length, med/avg porosity, medium texture, thick density (but thinning)
    Group fitness instructor & marathon runner - need to wash daily
    Low-poo: Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat
    Co-wash: Tresemmé Naturals
    RO: Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat, Tresemmé Perfectly Undone, Sukin Protein
    LI: Tresemmé Perfectly Undone, Sukin Protein
    Stylers: Tresemmé Perfectly Undone Sea Foam, Andalou Naturals Sunflower & Citrus Gel, Giovanni Naturals Mousse
  • BeautyOGBeautyOG Posts: 383Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    For me plopping adds frizz...

    Sent from my QMV7B using CurlTalk App
    My Hair:
    3b - Low Porosity - High Density - Medium/Course Strands - Virgin Hair - Armpit Length, Curly


    Current Products:
    DIY Shampoo
    Tresemme Aloe Conditioner
    It's a 10 Leave In
    Sweet Almond Oil
    Tresemme Mousse

    Current Length Goal: Waist Length, Curly

  • curlysophiecurlysophie Posts: 216Registered Users
    Plopping works pretty well for me. It doesn't give me frizz...but to be honest, it doesn't cut down on my drying time THAT much. I usually plop for about an hour...but it depends...I basically just take it off when it starts to annoy me :p
    :love2: Curly Teen :love2:
    CG since 5/2/14
    3A, low/medium porosity, medium texture/thickness
    ~SheaMoisture Shampoos
    ~Suave Essentials Conditioners
    ~Kinky Curly Knot Today
    ~L.A. Looks Sport Gel

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