hair plop

In the city that never sleeps we’ll take extra Zs however we can get them. Prepping hair the night before is the best way to make our mornings run smoothly, meaning you can allow yourself a few more hits of the snooze button. So when we discovered the “plopping method,” developed by the Naturally Curly community, we were intrigued. The technique involves sleeping with your hair in a “plop” so that curls are held in place and won’t get frizzy and crazy if you roll around in your sleep. Anything that promises better curls and more sleep is a keeper for us. To learn more about this technique, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart


Step One: Go through your usual cleansing and conditioning routine and apply styling products to hair. We love to use curl definer for it’s moisture-rich and anti-oxidizing properties.

Step Two: Grab an old cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel. Make sure to not use a terry cloth towel as it will cause frizz. Tip your head forward so all your hair is hanging in front of you.

Step Three: Next place the towel directly below your hair and position your hair onto the towel so that the curls are concentrated on the top of the head. (Hair should fold like an accordion style).

Step Four: Afterwards, take the edge of the towel and coil them as tightly as they can get moving towards each other. Secure the edges with a tie or ponytail holder. Then get some beauty sleep.

Step Five: In the AM, gently remove towel and use fingers to separate out curls. If hair is not completely dry, use a diffuser. Spray with healing oil and be on your way with fabulous frizz-free curls.


Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group

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