Taking care of curly hair is a different universe, where there are different techniques, products, and terms that may be unknown to us. That’s why it may seem strange to know that there are methods that can help define curls and get different results if so. Whether you have curly hair or not, you probably didn’t expect this.
I’m sure you only knew that technique where you just applied a little mousse to damp hair, squeezed it a little and that was it. The good news for you is that today we will share other methods to define curls. The technique we’ll be talking about today is known as wet plopping.
Having curly hair is the sensation of 2021, that’s why more and more girls are looking for ways to have great curly hair. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have curly hair, because we will also share with you tips on how to define waves without heat or frizz.
This technique is known as hair plopping and today we will explain how to do it so you can apply it and see the results. With this you won’t need blow dryers, straighteners, tongs, or tubes, so say goodbye to them.
What is involved in having a curly hair definition done
We believe that one of the advantages of having curly hair is that it doesn’t need to be washed continuously. It would even be perfect if you only do it once every five days or once every week. This will always depend on your hair and the condition it is in.
I know it may seem a bit messy, but the truth is that washing curly hair frequently creates stress on it, and it even loses its moisture making it look drier, even if you are applying a mild shampoo. This occurs because the cuticle swells causing an increase in moisture loss.
It is for this reason that by washing the hair infrequently, we get that the products applied to maintain the curl are better preserved making them look beautiful and defined most of the time. This is why different techniques have been developed to define curls and keep them longer.
What makes each of these methods more interesting is that they all offer different results, but it is important to know that not all these mechanisms work in the same way on all types of curls. That is why the first step you should take is to know what they are and then try them out on your hair. You can apply each technique individually until you find the best option for you or you can even combine several techniques if this helps you to achieve the desired result.
What is hair plopping?
This method was shared with us by girls with Chinese hair, they use this technique to achieve a mane with curls achieved, defined, versatile, and above all without the frizz. This method is applied with a cotton t-shirt. Once you have washed your hair, wrap it with the t-shirt, wait for it to dry completely, and let it go. This will give you the perfect result.
Due to the popularity of this method, girls with straight hair also started to practice the procedure and get their curls without heat and the best thing is that it really works. That’s why we share this method with you so that you don’t miss it.
How to do hair plopping?
- Once you have washed your hair and applied all the usual products, start by placing a cotton shirt stretched out on the bed or on a flat surface.
- Once you have the shirt on, bend your torso forward and tilt it down, like a high bun. Wrap the lower section of the shirt around your head and tie a knot at the nape of your neck.
- Then pull the top section of the shirt over the nape of your neck to cover your skull, then clip the two ends of the shirt together, roll them up and tie them at the forehead. Allow your hair to dry and finish by loosening the fabric and you’re done.
How to care for curly hair
Trim the ends
The main thing to take care of, whether curly or not, is to cut off damaged or split ends. For this the scissors should always be sharp, this will prevent further damage to the hair. This is why you should do it under the hands of an expert who applies the right techniques.
This is important because it helps to restore moisture to the hair while maintaining a much healthier state. This is why you should take at least one day a week and apply your deep conditioning routine.
Wash your hair less frequently
We already mentioned this in the beginning but we will open space again to explain it in more detail. Keeping your hair in a clean state is important, especially if you want to show off a curly mane, but washing your hair too often can end up being detrimental to your curls, this is why you can wash your hair once a week and the rest of the days you can apply some dry shampoo or better yet, apply only conditioner to soften your hair.
Using a hair mask is the best option
As we know, curly hair needs to be kept moisturized, so we recommend replacing the conditioner with a hair mask. There are several types of masks, but it is best to opt for those that are moisturizing and restructuring.
Use home remedies
Natural ingredients are one of the best options, as are home remedies. There are many ingredients such as avocado, banana, yogurt, olive oil, honey, butter that give hydration and strength to the hair. There is also a massage such as hot oil.
Just as our body needs them, our hair needs them too, so you can apply protein treatments to take care of your hair. It’s true that getting protein can be a bit expensive, but your hair will always be grateful and will show in its shine and health. You can also go to a salon where you can get treatments with products that contain protein.
Food is also an important factor in taking care of your appearance. That’s why you should have a diet strong in proteins, eggs, dairy products, meats, and above all foods that help you hydrate your body, whether they are fruits or juices.
Leave-in conditioners help
It is important that when applying conditioners, they are leave-in conditioners to allow your hair to be free from further damage. There are several products that have no-rinse and help to better style your curls. So you know, no rinsing.
No hot water, please
Avoid washing your hair with hot water. This is fatal for the moisture in your hair, instead, use cold water so you can maintain that moisture and a healthier shine. If it is the case where you are in a very cold place and need to wash with hot water, then at least rinse your hair with cold water once you are done.
If you don’t know, applying sulfates to your hair can irritate your scalp and dry it out. This is why it is recommended to check the ingredients of the products you use to care for your hair, always use sulfate-free products.
Cover your hair
It is important to keep your hair well protected when we go out for long walks, so it is recommended to cover it either with a scarf or a hat. Remember that UV rays, dust, and pollution not only damage the skin but also your hair is affected.
We know that curly hair doesn’t do well with brushes, so you should avoid them at all costs. Using this kind of tool can break your hair and damage it, plus you end up undoing all your curls, something you’ve been fighting to keep. But if you need to control that curly mane you can opt for wide-tooth combs, and remember not to touch it until it’s at least 80% dry. It’s a better way to maintain the shape of your curls.
Other hair curling treatments
Pineapple peel curling treatment
Many people have taken it for granted that the enzymes contained in pineapple are very good for curling hair, giving it fullness, thickness, and relieving dryness. Scientifically this has not yet been proven to be totally true, but you can experience it for yourself. Here is how to prepare it and how to apply it:
For its preparation, you will need pineapple peel, a liter of water, a bottle with an atomizer. The first thing to do is to boil the pineapple peel in a pot of water over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
Once at that point let it cook for about 5 minutes more. Then turn off the heat and allow it to lower to a temperature you can bear, filter, and bottle the remaining liquid, if you can do it in a spray bottle it would be ideal.
Finally, you should rinse your hair as you usually do, and while it is still wet apply the pineapple water from the roots to the ends. You should repeat this procedure every day or at least four times a week.
Cucumber and egg treatment
We should clarify that we do not know if this treatment is totally effective to curl your hair and get rid of frizz. But we can guarantee you that the two ingredients are highly recommended to maintain good health in your hair, they are very nutritious for the skin. If you want to get better results, use these ingredients before applying a curling iron or any waving method.
The ingredients you will need are; an egg, half a cucumber, and a tablespoon of coconut oil. For the preparation, the first thing you should do is mix the cucumber pulp and the beaten egg in a blender along with the tablespoon of coconut oil. This will result in a fairly thick and homogeneous paste. You should dampen the hair a little so that you can then apply the paste from the roots to the ends. You can help yourself with a brush to better spread the product over the whole area of your hair. The time this has to stay on your hair is about 20 to 30 minutes and then you can rinse it out.
It is important to mention that these methods are not scientifically proven, but there is a large part of the population that claims that they are effective. That’s why beer could work perfectly to moisturize your hair. If you don’t mind its smell then you could try it.
As ingredients we need; a can of beer, a liter of water, and a spray bottle. To prepare this magic tonic you should boil the water and when it is already boiling add the beer. Lower the heat to the minimum and leave it for two minutes, remove it and once it is cold, you can apply it to your hair. When you have this product on your hair, do not expose your hair directly to the sun. It is not recommended. You should use it once or twice a week.
We hope all this information is fruitful for you and you can achieve those dream curls. Now that you know about the many options you can try that will make the process easier, we hope you find your ideal option so you can go out and show off that beautiful curly hair with all the pride in the world. Good luck!