My daughter has elbow length very thick hair and it works for her hair too.
I think it functions a lot like plopping, just without the shirt/towel and dries faster. I really can not describe it other then I bend down loosely gather my hair ( like pineappling ) twist it very loose once and stick the fork in :-) so it rests on top of the head. I will try to post pics later today.
It also works for me with 2 ink pens or chop sticks in a pinch. But like I said I have been using them for over 20 years and its second nature to me and so hard to explain.
cg 01/10/13

Hair Properties: normal / high porosity, medium density, fine/medium texture
Climate : hot humid summer, coastal GA

Co-wash: Suave Naturals everlasting sunshine
Rinse out :Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture, GVP, Garnier Fructis Pure and Clean
Gel: Biosilk Rock Hard gel my HG
Mousse : HETT, 3 in 1

Love ACV , pedaheh's gelatin treatment
My hair hates flax seed gel, everything Deva curl and Curl Keeper,