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Curl Plopping is the Styling Technique You’ve Been Sleeping On—Here’s How to Do It Right

Curls just won’t sit right? Boy, do we have a solution for you. Let us introduce you to the styling technique you’ve been sleeping on called curl plopping. If loose (barely curled) waves are your vibe, then this hack probably isn’t for you. However, if you want voluminous ringlets, this easy, no-heat technique will be a lifesaver. It’s perfect for anyone who has curls that get easily weighed down by styling products or generally have a higher porosity. We’re sure you’ve already done this in at least a minor capacity, but let us educate you on how to plop curly hair properly. Read on below for the full how-to guide!

Benefits of Curl Plopping

Additional benefits of curl plopping include faster drying time without causing frizz. It really helps get rid of any excess water so your locks don’t feel like you’re paddling through Soak City. You’ll only need a microfiber towel (or T-shirt) and a styling product you trust. Adjustments can be made to the steps so that they fit your specific needs — some only spend around 20 minutes doing this while others opt for overnight plopping for ultra definition. It’s really just about finding what works best for your routine.

How to Plop Curly Hair

As with most no-heat, curl-forming techniques, it’s better to start with wet and clean hair to encourage your natural curl pattern to stick once dry. After applying your desired amount of moisturizer or styling cream, lay out your T-shirt or towel on a flat surface. Flip your hair onto the towel or tee so that it’s all in the center. Then simply scrunch up those curls and tie your towel in a knot on the top of your head and let them sit for at least 20 minutes. If you’d like even more volume and definition, diffuse right after. It’s a straightforward technique but goes an incredibly long way when it comes to having perfectly coiffed ringlets. We know reading instructions doesn’t always do the trick, so check out the video below for easy, step-by-step instructions!

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