A well-crafted hair-care routine employs the technique of plopping to eliminate frizz from our tresses without the involvement of heat-styling tools, serums, or other formulas. It's geared toward people with curlier hair and doesn't require you to stray away from your everyday regimen. All you have to do is alter an existing step in your routine. Let's find out how!
What is plopping?
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Many of us conclude our in-shower routine by wrapping a towel around our heads to dry our hair. Plopping requires us to replace this towel with a cotton-based T-shirt. What's the science behind this shift?
When your hair is wet, it's weaker and softer. The grooves of a towel act as aggressors to the hair's cuticle, damage the shaft and absorb all the moisture from your tresses instead of just soaking the excess water. And when our hair is stripped of moisture, they're susceptible to frizziness. As opposed to the coarseness of a towel, a cotton-based shirt is flat and smooth and isn't riddled with grooves that trigger friction and frizz.
Here's how you plop your hair with a shirt.
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- Work your hair-care products into your tresses using the scrunching method instead of combing them through the hair. Ensure your hair is damp at this point.
- Place a cotton-based T-shirt on a counter, chair, or table in front of you. The end with the sleeves must be closest to you. Flip your hair over, and position your curls over the shirt. Your hair must gather at the crown of your head to provide a lift at the roots.
- Flip the shirt onto your head with the bottom end sitting at the nape of your neck. Grab the sleeves before twisting them. Tie them in a knot at the back of your head.
- Once your hair is almost dry, you can untie the shirt and loosen your curls. And that's about it. Don't try plopping overnight, as this can dry out your curls and defeat the purpose of the method.
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