The Plump Method for Curls

What is the plump method?

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It is a method for people with natural curls to create big, bouncy, fluffy waves/curls! The following steps make the plump method:

  • 1. Combing conditioner through hair in the shower and not combing again.
  • 2. Allowing water to help big curl clumps form. *5-6 curl clumps are optimal.
  • 3. Applying curl enhancing product to soaking wet clumps with a praying hands method.
  • 4. Lightly pressing excess water out with a t-shirt or other cloth that will not cause frizz.
  • 5. Plopping those curls for at least 10 minutes, preferably 20-30 min.
  • 6. Diffusing is optional, but my preferred method of drying for best results.

The Plump Method Results

as part of my curl journey: low heat, protecting curls at night, limited heat styling (no curling/flat irons).

How did you come up with it?

I started my curl journey in January of 2019. I am not strictly following the Curly Girl Method (which provides amazing results for many curlies), instead I started with the goal of healthier curls. I do use some heat while diffusing, but I stopped straightening my hair (no more flat irons) and I also stopped using curling irons for touch-ups. The Plump Method is the combination of steps that I found give me the best results after a LOT of trial and error.

Where can I find a tutorial?

I have very detailed, step-by-step tutorials on my Instagram page, @type_ofbeautiful. Look for these videos:

Let me know if you have any questions!

How to Grow Out a Pixie Cut

Have you always wanted to cut your hair, but been terrified of the growing-out process?  A few years ago I committed and I had my hair cut really short, and then my hairstylist disappeared on me.  I didn’t know what to do…through some trial and error, I figured it out!

I was always nervous and unsure about growing out a pixie cut, but I have done it a few times and figured out the easiest way to do it.  It really isn’t bad at all if you have a plan as you go, and the very best thing is all the cute haircuts you get to have along the way!  I became much better at styling my hair as I went through the process of growing it out.

Here are my go-to styles to get you from pixie cuts, to bobs, to lobs (long bobs)!  Before you know it, your hair will be past your shoulders and you will be itching for a short cut again.

The big chop:

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I really loved that haircut!  It was so easy!  Plus, when you hair is short you can really play around with color.  There is something so freeing about not having to worry about your hair.  My best friend (heeeeey, Katie!) 100% hated my hair when I first got it cut #funfact.  As in, all the way hated it.  LOL.  It is a super drastic change, and it might take a little bit of time for your close friends/family to get used to it.  Stay confident!  You love your hair, and everyone else will learn to love it just as much.

It might take a while for you to figure out the best way to style your hair, depending on your cut and hair texture.  I actually used to have to wear a scarf while my hair was drying when my hair was its shortest, because otherwise my naturally wavy/curly hair dried really poofy. Sounds a bit silly, but if I didn’t, I ended up with Golden Girls hair. Not so adorable when you’re young.

If you are really not able to coax your hair into anything you like, throw a hat on!

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Ta da!  Now, when it comes to starting to grow out your hair, you need to make a decision.  You can either grow the top out first, and then the sides/bottom, or you can grow it out all at once and get trims to shape it.

In my experience, it is the easiest (and you get the most options) when you grow out the top first and then once it is long enough, let the sides and bottom grow out, too.  I tried the “grow it all out at once” method one time and ended up with a mullet that had to go.

From the shortest pixie length, the next step is to let the top grow out a bit, but still keep the sides and back short.

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For this style, I would use a tiny flat iron to curl my hair on top up and back from my face, then run a pomade through it for texture!

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Here, you do the same thing.  As the top gets longer, keep the sides and back short.  I used a small flat iron or curling iron to style the hair on top.   As the hair on the sides/back gets a little bit longer, you can also use a small curling iron to curl those pieces to give your hair some texture.

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