I don’t know who thought “plopping” would be a good name for a method of drying hair but it’s stuck now so we just have to put up with it (and the funny looks you get when you whip that term out to anyone outside or new to the curly community). Plopping is also referred to as “plunking” which is somewhat better but still not a great name.
So what is Plopping/Plunking and why does it matter?
Plopping or Plunking refers to a method of drying your hair or more specifically it’s a way of wrapping your hair up in a towel to maximise drying and minimise frizz. By using this method you keep the structure of the curl intact so your hair dries with much less frizz and depending on the towel you use you can reduce frizz and drying time even further huzza!
A lot of people in the curly hair community, myself included use a micro-fiber towel or an old cotton t-shirt to dry their hair. This is because these materials reduce friction with the hair meaning you get less frizz and since they are also extra absorbent so they soak up more water than a conventional towel. This is particularly important for me as I style my hair soaking wet and need all the help I can get to reduce drying time! The process of plopping is actually very simple and it’s very effective at enhancing your curls while they dry. I noticed a huge difference in how my hair was looking once I adopted this method. Below I will show you step by step instructions on how to ‘plop’.
Lie an old cotton t-shirt or micro-fiber towel on a flat surface at a height which is easy for you to reach by bending your head forward. A bed, chair or the toilet seat will do.
Bend over from the waist so that your hair is hanging down positioned in the centre of your towel/t-shirt. Gently lower your hair onto the towel making sure to keep your head centred – you want to make sure your hair scrunches up like a spring so it remains in its natural curl pattern.
Bring the edge of the towel up and over the back of your head so that your hair is fully covered. Grab both ends of the towel and twist them so that the towel become tighter on your head.
Once the towel is tight and secure on your head cross over the twisted ends of the towel and tie to secure at the back of your head. Your hair should be towered up on top of your head inside the towel.
I usually leave this on for as long as I can – I have breakfast, get dressed, put my makeup on etc. and then I carefully unwrap and diffuse as usual, voila.