Using a hair dryer is like eating too much sugar. It’s not exactly healthy for your hair, but we often ignore that because it gives us those bouncy hairstyles we love. We believe in moderation and using a good heat protectant, so we’re not saying you have to ditch your hair dryer altogether. However, if you have curly hair, you might want to consider trying out a technique called hair plopping.

What is hair plopping?


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Hair plopping is a heat-free method for drying curly or textured hair using an old T-shirt. It may not sound glamorous, and it definitely won’t make you look sexy while doing it, but it can do wonders for your hair in the long run. Not only will it help protect your hair, but it can also create beautifully-defined and smooth curls. So, how exactly does an old T-shirt give you the best curls ever?
Hair plopping involves gently dropping your hair onto a T-shirt or microfiber towel and then tying it up at the ends to allow the fabric to absorb moisture. This method allows your curls to dry in their natural pattern without the need for heat.

What are the benefits of hair plopping?


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The benefits of hair plopping are numerous. It not only provides a gentle way to dry your curls, but it also enhances curl definition. It’s almost like diffusing your hair without the heat. By allowing your curls to dry in a scrunched shape, you can achieve more activation and better definition.
One of the biggest advantages of hair plopping is that it prevents heat damage. Heat can be harsh on any hair type, but it’s particularly damaging to curly hair, which tends to be dry already. By using fabric to draw out moisture instead of heat, you can protect your delicate curls from unnecessary damage.

What should I use for plopping?


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To plop your hair, you only need two things: a fabric and a styling product of your choice. The styling product will depend on what your hair needs, but a leave-in conditioner works well in most cases. As for the fabric, an old T-shirt is the best option. Microfiber towels are popular but can cause frizz in certain curl textures. Cotton, on the other hand, is a lighter fabric that removes moisture without causing static or damage.
Once you unwrap your hair, you can apply a finishing touch with a product like a leave-in hair oil or cream. It helps seal in moisture and adds a beautiful shine to your curls.
So, if you’re looking for a healthier way to dry your curly hair without the use of heat, give hair plopping a try. It will give you the gorgeous curls you’ve always wanted and make sure there’s no heat damage.