I also plop (about 15 minutes while I brush teeth, apply face creams, and get dressed), and then diffuse. I also use the method you described of turning off the dryer in between sections (known around here as the Pixie Diffusing Method), as it cuts way down on frizz for me.
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010