How to get "volume" on top?

My hair is relatively fine, so when I air dry with enough product to get curl definition, it sits really "flat" on top, and looks almost too formed. I tried to do the "clips" thing from the Curly Girl book and I ended up with a disaster. If I do anything to my hair before its 100% dry, it frizzes terrible and the s waves/curls don't pop back at all. The only time I can fluff it is after its fully dry, which usually isn't till the end of the day.

Is there anyway to airdry and have it fall with more volume (along the lines of how the Curve Salon finished styles look). Or does this have to be done with a hooded dryer and blowdryer?

Thank you for any ideas
You could try plopping with a microfiber towel/t-shirt/turban.

I might be the only 3c who plops, but when I plop, I actually clip the top inch of my hair (from the crown) flat to my head because plopping = volume city for me.

when you plop -- how do you keep the back from frizzing? The closest I time I can get plopping to work is when I use a really heavy product, like BTZ Noodlehead, and I still get the top to start to go flat. If I use lighter products, the back and crown frizz terribly...what is your method? (imagine you are describing it to someone that hasn't done this before..I seem to be pretty clueless on this )
I don't know if this counts as volume exactly, but I have a way for my hair to be curly at the crown rather than straight and flat like it used to be-- I thought it was just naturally straight at the root. I flip my head upside-down while I am detangling/conditioning it in the shower, and then again when I am applying whatever product I am using. You wouldn't think this would help but it sure does help me. I like it much better than clips.

Also, when I am going for 2nd day hair I will sleep with it in a pineapple- I think this also helps keep the crown from going flat. Then I will add a product that can be used on dry hair (I've been raving about Set It Free by Devachan) and concentrate on any areas I don't like, and put my hair in a shower cap while I shower. "Plopping" this way is by far my favorite way to plop. I end up with frizzy patches when I plop the more traditional way.
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I use a terry twisty-turban type of thing after I've washed and put in product. I brush/comb my products through and then (after clipping the top inch down) hang my head upside down to put it in the twisty turban thing. If I don't have frizz/fuzz after brushing in product and before putting my hair in the turban, I won't have it after I take my hair out of the turban. I don't know why, but it works for me. My hair is mostly medium though, not fine.

I get a similar effect volume-wise if I pineapple dry hair.

I "plop" because I usually wash my hair at night, so I sleep with it turbaned up. (If I sleep with it flat, wet or dry, all the curls get flattened.) When I don't wash my hair at night, I find it very hard not to mess with it while it air dries, and that just leads to disaster.

I'm finding that since all of my hair isn't the same, I have to use different products on different parts of my hair. Maybe you could try using the heavier products on most of your hair but lighter ones (or a lighter hand) on the top.

anicetta/urbancurl - thank you for your tips and ideas, I'm going to try all of the suggestions!
I don't know if this counts as volume exactly, but I have a way for my hair to be curly at the crown rather than straight and flat like it used to be-- I thought it was just naturally straight at the root. I flip my head upside-down while I am detangling/conditioning it in the shower, and then again when I am applying whatever product I am using. You wouldn't think this would help but it sure does help me. I like it much better than clips.
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I've done this after applying product but not while detangling/conditioning in the shower. I'm going to try this since my roots tend to be much less curly than the rest of my hair.. Thanks for the tip!
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Curltopia, I hope you like it! I think it will make a difference.
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