The surprise curly hair care technique to guarantee a good hair day. 

As many curly hair clients will know, curls can lose definition and moisture as they dry, which can make hair prone to frizz. So, the drying and post-wash process is often the key to a good hair day! That’s where Hair Plopping steps in to help clients create salon beautiful curls at home.

If the technique of hair plopping isn’t on your radar, then you are forgiven for wondering what this oddly named hair trend might be! While the plopping method isn’t new, many have taken to TikTok in recent months to celebrate this curly hair technique. So, if your curly haired clients are unaware of this method of drying and styling curls, this is a good conversation starting point at your next consultation.

What is Hair Plopping?

Basically, the concept of hair plopping is to wrap the hair in a cotton t-shirt (long sleeves work best) to absorb water. As hairdressers, you know that regular towels can cause damage if hair is rubbed, something that many people do naturally after washing their hair. Regular towels can also trap individual hairs or strands, which can create frizz as they’re separated. With curly hair this is particularly detrimental. When plopping, the hair is kept compact and scrunched, resulting in smoother, more defined curls. Obviously, a microfibre towel would do here but in our increasingly sustainable world, why not use a t-shirt?

How do you plop hair?

After cleansing the hair, squeeze out excess water and apply a leave-in conditioner and appropriate styling products – here is where your advice is crucial – then you plop the hair. Here’s how it works: lay down the t-shirt on a flat surface with the sleeves towards the person, then bend over and plop the hair onto the centre of the t-shirt. Then, pull from the bottom of the t-shirt and wrap the fabric around the hair, securing in place with the sleeves to create a turban effect.

Why recommend hair plopping to clients?

As you know when using microfibre towels in the salon, the cotton in the t-shirt absorbs excess water without roughing up the cuticle. So, hair dries more naturally and holds its shape. This method also encourages root lift and helps counteract limp curls. Plopping time varies on your client’s hair type and length, but some choose anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour. After removing the t-shirt, hair can be left to air dry or blow dried with a diffuser.

What do the experts recommend?

We asked TIGI Creative Director, Philip Downing what advice he would give and which products you should be recommending for your curly client’s home hair care regime.

“This technique is best for people with long or long layered hair, as the gathering of the hair will support heavier or longer hair types, with more volume.

For shorter or more layered hair, the best saturation and anti-frizz styling method is blot drying (as opposed to towel-drying). This is gentler on the cuticle and surface of the hair.

Always use a wide-toothed comb to comb through curly hair and apply product as early as possible before combing through the hair again. This gives the best product saturation and ensures the hair dries with even saturation and texture.”

What products should you recommend for curly hair clients?

For more information about our curl products, and all available products on our website or contact us.

Why not try plopping for yourself? Plop over to our Instagram and tag us in your work @tigiprofessionals