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Plopping the Live Curly Live Free Way

StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I've had quite a few people ask me how to do the LCLF plop method since so many of my clients have had success with it. I eventually would like to have some YouTubes going to demonstrate some of my methods, but for now, a written description will have to do :)

a. Take a large curly-friendly towel, measuring at least 16” by 29”, and fold it in half on the diagonal so that it looks like a large triangle.

b. Place the triangle on a low flat surface, such as a countertop or toilet seat, with the point, or tail, away from you and the long flat side running horizontally closest to you.

c. With your head upside down, carefully gather your curls in a loose ponytail on top of your head (do not twist them). Now, “accordion”, or scrunch the curls up to the top of your head as you lower your head down onto the plop towel. Aim to place the edge of the long side of the plop towel right over your front hair line.

d. Press your head firmly against the plop towel to anchor it to the surface so that it doesn’t move, scrunching your curls firmly against the top of your head as you do so.

e. Take the tail of the plop towel with your left hand and pull it backwards to cover the back of your head, covering the nape of your neck.

f. Holding the tail firmly, reach over with your right hand and grab the righthand point of the plop towel and pull it tightly to the left over the tail so that it is now on the left side of your neck.

g. Holding the right-hand point securely over the tail, grab the left-hand point and pull it towards the right side of your neck.

h. Take the left and right points and pull them snugly up and around the sides of your head to the top of your head, then tie them tightly on the top of your head (in the front towards the forehead) in a small knot. Tuck the tail carefully underneath if the excess fabric covering your neck is bothersome.

Have fun! And let me know how it works for you!
- Tiffany
Hair Stylist and Curly Hair Specialist - St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay)

Blog: Live Curly, Live Free
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  • anatidaephobiaanatidaephobia Posts: 343Registered Users
    I've given up on plopping, but I'll give this a try. Thanks for the clear instructions! =)
    CG since 6/15/09 -- fine/medium texture, medium porosity

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  • thick_n_wavythick_n_wavy Posts: 250Registered Users
    Same here. I think the floursack towels I was using to plop with were too small for the Jessicurl way.
    I just did the Struttswife way and it worked!! Plus it is nice and tight. I look like a pirate though, hehe.
    My flour sack towels are about 27'' by 27''.
    2c-3a. Thick density. Texture = mixture of medium and fine.

    Always trying to boost my curl!


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  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    I'm gonna try this. My plops are hit and miss (sometimes they are good, other times some hair sticks out by the temples). Maybe this will be more consistant.

    Thanks Tiffers:toothy3:
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  • bak2wavybak2wavy Posts: 69Registered Users
    I tried this method today after momof3curls described it on another thread.

    I will plop this way from now on. It worked well!

    2 B/C Coarse Normal to High Porosity


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  • MeowzMeowz Posts: 68Registered Users
    Thanks so much for that- written so clearly it helped far more than seeing a video! I think this was will work much better for me.

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  • DraakjeDraakje Posts: 161Registered Users
    I never thought about folding the towel in a triangle. I have been fighting with my micro fiber towel, because it is to dense to twist AND tie. This was helpfull, thanks!
    2c? 3a? Mostly coarse, but LOVIN' the proteins and fighting overconditioning! My hair is just plain weird :glasses1:

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  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,083Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    i will try it that way. when i've plopped in the past, it has worked well for most of my hair, but the front top of my hair gets too dry, frizzy. i've tried it for about 15 minutes when i get out of the shower.
    should i saturate that part with water before i plop?

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
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  • aaa00aaaa00a Posts: 284Registered Users
    I'll have to give this a try tomorrow, and I'll let you know if I can figure it out or not. I've tried unsuccessfully to "plop" in the past. I just can never manage to twist and tie the ends up and it ends up all falling off.
    Wavy, dry, protein sensitive, coarse, highly overly porus, very low elasticity, medium-thick density, very prone to split ends
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  • ECCurlyECCurly Posts: 285Registered Users
    Alright, where do I get a towel that'll work for this method??
    VERY fine 2B/3A hair
    Chin-length - growing it out...again.
  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    ECCurly wrote: »
    Alright, where do I get a towel that'll work for this method??

    Yeah, mine wont. Mines a rectangle and wont fold into a workable triangle.:dontknow:
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  • mmassagemmassage Posts: 200Registered Users
    rudeechick wrote: »
    ECCurly wrote: »
    Alright, where do I get a towel that'll work for this method??

    Yeah, mine wont. Mines a rectangle and wont fold into a workable triangle.:dontknow:


    I just bought some flour sack towels at Walmart that are square and the perfect size. Cheap too! :)
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  • NativeCurlsNativeCurls Posts: 7Registered Users
    Where in Walmart?
    3bc/M/ii
    CG since 07/21/2009

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    LI: GVP Paul Mitchell The Conditioner
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    Want to try: Lustrasilk and LALSG

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  • thick_n_wavythick_n_wavy Posts: 250Registered Users
    They're in the cooking section actually. I got mine at Target. Had to ask an employee to help me because I couldn't find them myself even though I looked in the cooking section.
    2c-3a. Thick density. Texture = mixture of medium and fine.

    Always trying to boost my curl!


    Go-to products: Pink Boots, CJSG, LALSG, Abba Pure Finish gel
    Experimenting with: CJAF, CJ CCCC, JCRR/CC, BRHG, PB Goo, Re:Coil, Komaza CHP, EcoStyler Protein
    Didn't like: HESMU, Matrix Biolage Gelee (both too goopy)

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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I tried this with my CurlEase to try an overnight plop, but I can't get the ends around to the front of my melon head. :oops:
    Kiva! Microfinance works.

    Med/Coarse, porous curly.
  • mpgirlmpgirl Posts: 1,163Registered Users
    I bought them at Walmart in the kitchen towel section. 5 for $5.50. They are wrapped in a blue paper band.
    3b spirals, fine texture, normal porosity, dense
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  • mpgirlmpgirl Posts: 1,163Registered Users
    I tried this with my CurlEase to try an overnight plop, but I can't get the ends around to the front of my melon head. :oops:
    I tried it with my curl ease as well but it didn't work. Even when I use the flour sack towels, I don't cover my ears in the wrap, that way it reaches around my (apparently) bigger-than-I-thought head.:dontknow:
    3b spirals, fine texture, normal porosity, dense
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    Homemade FSG
    KCCC
    Curl Junkie Stuff
    BRHG


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  • bak2wavybak2wavy Posts: 69Registered Users
    rudeechick wrote: »
    ECCurly wrote: »
    Alright, where do I get a towel that'll work for this method??

    Yeah, mine wont. Mines a rectangle and wont fold into a workable triangle.:dontknow:

    I also got mine at Walmart a year or so ago in the section that has kitchen type towels. They come 3 in a pack and are very reasonable. The are large enough to do the Live Curly Live Free plopping.

    2 B/C Coarse Normal to High Porosity


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    Styling: HESMU, BRHG, CJ CCCC-lite, CJ CIAB, CJ AFL, Ecostyler Krystal
  • NativeCurlsNativeCurls Posts: 7Registered Users
    Thanks!
    3bc/M/ii
    CG since 07/21/2009

    CO: Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut
    RO: GVP Conditioning Balm, GR Triple Nutrition
    LI: GVP Paul Mitchell The Conditioner
    Gel: LALSG, Eco Styler Krystal Gel

    Want to try: Lustrasilk and LALSG

    Fotki
    PW: nativecurls
  • oddityofwingsoddityofwings Posts: 1,261Registered Users
    I'm curious - is there a reason the triangle/wrapping around the head and fastening at the front are beneficial? Does it have something to do with where the pressure is placed?

    (I've got, as RCC put it, a melon head, so finding a towel big enough for this might be a challenge and I'm wondering what makes the difference and if I can get what I have to do the same basic thing...)
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  • anatidaephobiaanatidaephobia Posts: 343Registered Users
    Same here, melon head. My Curlease won't work to wrap all the way around. I'm trying it right now just wrapped in the back and tied off with a scrunchie, but I don't know if it will be good enough.
    CG since 6/15/09 -- fine/medium texture, medium porosity

    Conditioners: GTTTT, Kenra & KCKT
    DT: CJ Hibiscus Banana Deep Fix
    Styling: KCCC, KCHP, HEBE, Loma Imply
  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    rudeechick wrote: »
    ECCurly wrote: »
    Alright, where do I get a towel that'll work for this method??

    Yeah, mine wont. Mines a rectangle and wont fold into a workable triangle.:dontknow:

    I am with you-I have the curlease. :sad:

    I did do a modified version this am using my wonky shaped triangle...but only for about 5 minutes.
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  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm curious - is there a reason the triangle/wrapping around the head and fastening at the front are beneficial? Does it have something to do with where the pressure is placed?
    It makes a nice tight wrap which holds the curls firmly in place without shifting, which is especially beneficial if you plan to sleep in it. You could certainly tie it in the back, but you won't get the tightness and that could also be uncomfortable when you sleep.
    - Tiffany
    Hair Stylist and Curly Hair Specialist - St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay)

    Blog: Live Curly, Live Free
    Facebook fan page: Live Curly Live Free

    Sulfate- and non-water soluble silicone-free since 04/22/2002
    3B, brunette: medium texture, low porosity, high density

  • msgibletmsgiblet Posts: 5,825Registered Users
    xcptnl wrote: »
    rudeechick wrote: »
    ECCurly wrote: »
    Alright, where do I get a towel that'll work for this method??

    Yeah, mine wont. Mines a rectangle and wont fold into a workable triangle.:dontknow:

    I am with you-I have the curlease. :sad:

    I did do a modified version this am using my wonky shaped triangle...but only for about 5 minutes.

    I folded my Curlease in half and made a good triangle but then I didn't have enough towel left for the ends to make it around to the top. I ended up having to plop my regular ol' way.
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  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    msgiblet wrote: »
    xcptnl wrote: »
    rudeechick wrote: »

    Yeah, mine wont. Mines a rectangle and wont fold into a workable triangle.:dontknow:

    I am with you-I have the curlease. :sad:

    I did do a modified version this am using my wonky shaped triangle...but only for about 5 minutes.

    I folded my Curlease in half and made a good triangle but then I didn't have enough towel left for the ends to make it around to the top. I ended up having to plop my regular ol' way.

    +1
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I'm curious - is there a reason the triangle/wrapping around the head and fastening at the front are beneficial? Does it have something to do with where the pressure is placed?
    It makes a nice tight wrap which holds the curls firmly in place without shifting, which is especially beneficial if you plan to sleep in it. You could certainly tie it in the back, but you won't get the tightness and that could also be uncomfortable when you sleep.

    In my attempt, I did notice that it had the potential to be nicely snug for overnight plopping. Also, it seemed more secure on my scalp overall instead of having the slight pouch or air pocket I would sometimes get with my standard towel tying method. I did like how this method made a tighter, more secure plop. I just have to deal with the head circumference thing.
    Kiva! Microfinance works.

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  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    A few ladies have told me they use their Curlease to scrunch all the extra water out, then switched to a dry flour sack towel for the plopping part, which apparently has worked very well for them.
    - Tiffany
    Hair Stylist and Curly Hair Specialist - St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay)

    Blog: Live Curly, Live Free
    Facebook fan page: Live Curly Live Free

    Sulfate- and non-water soluble silicone-free since 04/22/2002
    3B, brunette: medium texture, low porosity, high density

  • wildsheepchasewildsheepchase Posts: 161Registered Users
    Thanks for posting this! I'm giving it a shot right now with one of my flour sack towels. : )
  • aaa00aaaa00a Posts: 284Registered Users
    I tried it just now. I don't think plopping works for me, my hair got all tangled and now it looks dreadful.
    Wavy, dry, protein sensitive, coarse, highly overly porus, very low elasticity, medium-thick density, very prone to split ends
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  • Elphie2983Elphie2983 Posts: 145Registered Users
    A few ladies have told me they use their Curlease to scrunch all the extra water out, then switched to a dry flour sack towel for the plopping part, which apparently has worked very well for them.


    That's what I've been doing...for anyone who has the Curlease and can't plop, I went to bed bath and beyond and bought a pack of four flour sack towels for 10 bucks, they work pretty well :)
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  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    Oh I can plop with the curl Ease, I just cant Strutt;)
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