My hair is also fine and dense. I almost always air dry and my hair dries between 11:30 and 1:30, depending on what styling products I used (hair is washed and styled by 6:30, so yeah, it's half of my day). I do martial arts most days so my hair just gets too gross at the roots to not cleanse. If I had the energy to get up 20 minutes earlier I would probably diffuse part way, but that almost never happens. I'm not thrilled about the crunchy noodle hair all morning, but I prefer it to my other options.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel