Air-drying and diffusing are the top two drying methods that come up when there’s a conversation about curly people’s preferred method. One drying method you may have also heard of, or even tried out, is plopping. Plopping is a heatless way of drying curly hair and can be used by people who have thick, fine, long, or short naturally textured hair. We’re here to make sure you have all the information, tips, and tricks you need to plop like a pro.
What is Plopping?
Plopping is a heatless drying method mainly used by people with curly hair. It’s a great way to dry your curls while helping encourage definition and prevent the frizz that is all too familiar for curls. Plopping reduces the need to touch your curls while they dry since they are wrapped up in a microfiber towel.
Plopping can also cut down on drying time, especially for those with long or thick curls that tend to retain more moisture because of their length and density. It can also help those with finer or looser textures have more definition since your curls are getting scrunched while they dry and create lift at the root because of the way it sits at the top of your head.
How to plop curly hair
As most of us know, terry cloth towels aren’t great for any hair texture but especially curls because the rough material can cause frizz. We recommend plopping with a microfiber towel such as the DevaTowel or the new DevaTwist. The microfiber material will be gentle on your curls and will help absorb excess moisture.
Step 1: Once your curls are freshly cleansed, conditioned, and you have applied your favorite DevaCurl styling products, squeeze out any excess water so your curls are damp but not soaking wet anymore.
Step 2: Lay the DevaTowel flat out on a counter or bed. If you’re using the DevaTwist, lay it down on your preferred surface with the tail of the towel facing down.
Step 3: Bending at your waist, flip your hair forward and place your curls at the center of the microfiber towel.
Step 4: While your head is still down, grab the piece of the DevaTowel that is behind your head and pull it up and over your head so it lands at the nape of your neck. You’ll want to do the same thing when you’re using the DevaTwist towel.
Wrap and tie the extra fabric of your DevaTowel behind your head. When you’re using the DevaTwist, just grab the tail of the towel, twist, stand straight up, and use the button to fasten your DevaTwist towel securely. Your curls should fall in a mound at the top of your head.
Step 5: Finish drying your curls while plopping! You can even go to sleep while you plop so when you wake up the next day your curls will be dry and defined.
Step 6: Once you take the plop down spray some High Shine into your palms. Scrunch your curls to break any remaining gel cast and fluff your curls at the root. If you need to work a little more on specific curls, we recommend grabbing DevaFresh to re-wet the curl or curls and finger coil if needed. If you’re looking for more volume take your DevaFuser and blast your roots with some cold air.
Are you new to plopping or have you tried it before? Let us know below!