Yay! A fellow Curly Bangs chick!
First of all, none of my pics reflect this method - I just came up with this 2 weeks ago and havent posted any pics of it yet (DundunDUN!!!!) I started the thread at the urging of another curly who heard me mention it in various random posts.
As for the crunchy look - look at my Sig.... My life long quest is definition without crunch. I WILL NOT do Crunch. I'd rather have bad hair then crunch (thats just me, no hate mail please).
I MUST be able to touch my hair, which I do constantly. Thats really more, IMO, a function of the right product for my hair/goals. Admittedly, lots of products that give other curlies crunch dont do so on me (no clue why but I suspect it is the sheer weight/mass of my hair).
As for drying, I always either plop (mainly in summer) or at least scrunch out the excess with my curl ease. I would imagine
my drying time would be shorter if I towel dried conventionally, but that aint happening
As for plopping with bangs: Last summer I used to fish out my bangs, twist them in a clip and THEN go into the plop. It was a nuisance and always resulted in slight ruffling (ie frizz) by my temples. One day I was doing one of those 'im not going anywhere so who cares' hair days and I went straight into the plop without pulling out my bangs. When I came out of the plop I noticed that it was MUCH easier to seperate them out than pre-plop. So thats how I do it now. And since I've been using the Denman/Soaker method, when I come out of the plop, even the bangs are clumpy, so they are even EASIER to grab!
HTH and thanks for the lovely compliments!