Hair Plopping Is the Secret to Perfectly Defined Air-Dried Curls (Without the Frizz)
Anyone who was born with a majestic mane of curls is well aware of post-drying frizz. What you might not know is that the key to defined curls lies between the wet and dry stages of curly hair. The term "plopping" is a curl-enhancement technique that takes advantage of that sweet spot. "Hair plopping is the new term for an old technique of towel-drying wavy or curly hair," says Annie Rush, a senior stylist at the Marie Robinson Salon in New York City. "It's the simplest way of getting the best frizz-free and natural air-dry. The process is easy and can also be applied to straight hair if you want a more lived-in, bohemian texture."
So, what is hair plopping? As the name implies, you plop your hair into a towel or T-shirt, and roll the fabric around your head like a turban. By doing this, your curls are "accordioned" on the top of your head, helping them keep their defined, spiral shape after they dry. And the best part? Plopping requires no heat and shortens drying time, so you're ready in 10 to 20 minutes. If you're ready to give your hair its best plop, here is the effortless three-step routine.