I also do not like my hair with plopping much. I find it mashes the top against my scalp no matter how loosely I wrap in a tee shirt. Too bad though, because I really like having my hair out of the way for dressing and such.
Anyhow, I find that scrunching w/a microfiber towel and/or an old tee shirt with head upside down right out of the shower works well for root lift and for not disturbing the curls.
Hope everyone's info helps and that you find what works best soon!