Okay, so I'm new to CG so maybe I've missed something along the way. But it sounds like one of the keys, especially for 2s with more nebulous curl patterns, is to make sure the hair dries fully before touching it so the wave/curl dries into it. My frustration with that comes that air drying my hair takes 6-9 hours and blow drying even with a diffuser, so far, just drops any curl pattern right out. Am I missing something? I have beautiful curls when wet and would be amazing if they dried in, but I can't sit around waiting all those hours and it's not worth the trouble if I only get a couple hours of dry, curly hair a day.

I think I'm a 2B. High porosity, medium density, probably on the coarser side of medium width, REALLY??? high elasticity, long (4" past BSL when scrunched, just touching waist length when flat ironed).
2a/b, low-po, medium/medium, HIGH elasticity, 4" past BSL

Co-wash & LI: Suave Naturals Waterfall Mist
Curl Cream: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Styling: FSG

Hunting for the perfect clumping.