Both. Actually I use two towels. I use a light amount of leave in, scrunch with one towel, add my gel, scrunch again with the same towel, and then plop with a new towel. I do this because I use KCCC and if I don't scrunch out quite a bit of water it takes forever to dry. I scrunch carefully and only once per section (per scrunch session) so as not to mess up my curls. It works pretty well. I've been getting very nice curls lately. It sounds complicated, but it's really not. Takes just a few minutes, then I plop for 10, then diffuse for about 15 minutes. Beginning to end, maybe an hour including getting ready for shower, showering, dressing, styling.
Former longhair, now CG, living in N. California where the fog meets the wind
3a/b, fine, normal porosity/elasticity, high density
Conditioner wash and style, sometimes with a dab of BRHG.