Drying with paper towels? (And not plopping in general)

For those of you who dry your hair with paper towels:
Do you do this before or after applying product? What's your routine?
I tried this at the beach this weekend and it worked out well but it wasn't just out of the shower and applying any products or anything.
I usually plop but I think I need to find a new routine, at least for the summer.

For long haired curlies/wavies who don't plop in general:
How do you deal with your hair out of the shower? I've gotten so used to applying product upside down then plopping, I'm not sure what else to do. My hair is just past BSL and has never been this long before. I've been plopping for at least the better part of two years so I haven't gotten used to dealing with leaving my hair down straight out of the shower as it has grown.
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When I use paper towels I make them the very last step. All products go in then I use the paper towels to stop the dripping. After that I airdry. However, my hair curls to above my shoulders rather quickly.
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I used to scrunch my hair after I applied all my products with a white tshirt. I found that it worked pretty well at cutting my drying time significantly. I don't do it anymore because I used a lot more product that way and it doesn't work the same way with all my products. However, since you were plopping anyway, I guess it wouldn't be that much different.
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Well, I don't have that long of hair but it's almost bsl when wet.
I apply products in the shower, use the paper towels, then touch up my hair a little with gel in places where frizz is more likely to form.
Do you just use regular ol' paper towels or the really soft Viva ones?
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Well, I don't use paper-towels, but I am a BSL-ish wavy. I fingercomb/rake product into dripping wet hair straight out of the shower, and then scrunch with a t-shirt while leaning to the side (first one side, then the other). Sometimes I plop after scrunching just to get rid of the exccess water, sometimes I don't. Usually I don't.

Applying product upside down with my thin hair just makes it look really piecy and weird. So I do it right-side up, maybe that would make the switch to not plopping easier? Even if I plop, any volume gained goes away pretty quick anyway so I just cut out the middle man.
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Well, I don't use paper-towels, but I am a BSL-ish wavy. I fingercomb/rake product into dripping wet hair straight out of the shower, and then scrunch with a t-shirt while leaning to the side (first one side, then the other). Sometimes I plop after scrunching just to get rid of the exccess water, sometimes I don't. Usually I don't.

Applying product upside down with my thin hair just makes it look really piecy and weird. So I do it right-side up, maybe that would make the switch to not plopping easier? Even if I plop, any volume gained goes away pretty quick anyway so I just cut out the middle man.
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Yeah, I think I'm going to try applying right side up and see how it goes. I've been getting these annoying lumps when I do everything upside down. :P The root volume doesn't last in the heat/humidity anyway. So I think I'm gonna lean away from the volume and curl enhancement I worked at all winter and more toward just keeping the waves as happy as possible and not fussing with it as much.

Does the t-shirt thing work well? I'd like to try one of those Aquis (sp?) towels but can't afford it and the microfiber ones I have make my hair crazy (velcro-effect).
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I tend not to plop because it gives me a flat crown and more frizz. I style very wet, then blot with paper towels, MF towel or t-shirt (upside down, usually still in shower). This way hair doesn't frizz and I usually don't have to add more product.
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I find that t-shirts work pretty good for scrunching, I've never tried paper towels though. It seems like I'd need an awful lot of paper towels.

I use old beat up threadbare men's t-shirts (inherited from an ex), new t-shirts can give me a little frizz although I have no idea why. Threadbare towels work better than normal towels frizzwise come to think of it. Maybe there is something to all that.
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I have used both papertowels and a tee-shirt for scrunching and don't really notice a difference in my look. I do both as a last step although I typically felt guilty for using papertowels since they're made from trees and all. Seems kine of wasteful
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If I'm going to put on a gel that's lighter hold I blot my hair with paper towels (viva) before I put the gel in but generally I scrunch with papertowels after I get all my products in.

The difference between the papertowels and cloth is that the paper towel soaks up more moisture. In my hair that's a plus because it takes the weight off my hair.

If I just scrunch the water out and put gel on (stronger hold) then I get flakey gel so it has to be after I put the products in.

The last three days I've tried using my terry towel to see if there really is any difference and boy did I have a halo of frizz! Back to those papertowels for me
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I use either a tshirt or paper towels, whatever I have handy at the time. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to do it though. Do you all just scrunch upside down or flip on the sides too? Also, do you scrunch a lot or just a few times?
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Only thick, absorbent paper towels for me. The only time I use cloth is when I plop with a tshirt.
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