I, too, noticed the forever to dry. What do you consider forever?? If it holds on to water, that's a sign of low porosity hair.

When I was younger, my hair was dense. Before I came onto nc.com and learned to use product/technique, I towel dried, diffused and let it air dry the rest of the way. Five hours later, it would still be damp.

Can't advise you about products, my hair prefers the more natural products from the online, boutique type companies.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix