Real Life Results: My attempt at plopping for curly hair

Every now and then, a new tip pops up on the internet that I feel compelled to try. This month, it was “plopping” — a way of priming your curls by drying them in a t-shirt. A few hours later, I was supposed to have beautiful, shiny, perfect ringlets. Here’s the whole process, from start to finish, from Buzzfeed.

And here are my results…


Step 1 – Wrap wet hair in a t-shirt, carefully rolling. I also put in plenty of my favorite product at this time.


Step 2 – When your hair would normally be dry, unwrap the t-shirt. This is after an hour and forty minutes of drying. I was not impressed.


And here’s the final result. As you can tell by my beauty pageant expression, I found my curls more Hermione than plop-perfect. Maybe I didn’t wait long enough for the t-shirt to dry on my head, but after an hour and 40 minutes I was over it. I find I have better results by gently blotting with a towel and air drying, or using my nifty microfiber hair wrap.

So, I dunno. Internet, you lose on this one. However, a friend of mine tried plopping and she said the results were amazing. Curly-heads, try it out and let me know if I’m just a plop novice, or if this trick is for the birds.



6 thoughts on “Real Life Results: My attempt at plopping for curly hair

  1. I’d read this tip in a magazine years ago and have yet to try it but that’s cause I doubt a t-shirt can leave this hair with pretty curls. It’s gotten curlier, Alyssa! wait till you see it when we go camping. ps. the “after” curls aren’t that bad if you add a little argan oil 😉

  2. But why do you want curls? Do you know how much I spend to get rid of mine? Grass is always greener….lol

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