Still battling with the same issue

I am still having the same problem. I have a career and wet hair isn't considered professional. Diffusing takes forever unless I use no products in my hair. However with no product in my hair I then have frizz and pouff which is still very apparent even if I try to put my hair up. If I condition and style the night before it stays damp in the morning and my curls ride up to my shoulders even though my hair is really midback length. This looks awful because one side will always ride up higher than the other. This happens even if I sleep on a satin pillowcase. If I braid it the next day my hair has a very unruly ugly length and curl pattern and remains damp until I undo the braid and then it immediately dries frizzy from taking the braid out even with product in it the night before. I have tried conditioning and styling the day of and then plopping but this does not ever decrease my hair's drying time. I always scrunch the excess water out with my hands and then a t-shirt but my hair remains wet and still takes forever to dry. So I'm always stuck with dry frizzy puffy hair or unprofessional wet dog hair. Neither looks work in the profesional world. I'm at a loss and feeling very irritated because everyone just advises me to straighten my hair and that takes 1hr and 30 minutes and I have been cg for 4 years now without ever straightening. As a child my mother always relaxed and straightened my hair and I always hated the process. I have been able to be cg for 4 years because I have been a student so wet hair never mattered as much in class but now in the professional world post grad I am having a very rough time with my appearance. I think this is the biggest problem with curly hair that it has to be wet to be unfrizzy and then not touched or dry but pouffy and frizzy. Neither of which anybody wants. What can I do?!
You could try buying a hood dryer and take about 15 minutes before leaving house to sit under it at the table while you eat breakfast. I don't always recommend heat but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

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I wash my hair every night because I cannot get second day hair and I have to be at work at 7 a.m. What I do is co-wash, apply my leave-in, gel, and FSG. Then I part my hair and use a wide tooth comb to create my ringlets. I then plop and go to bed. When I get up in the morning I spray my hair with water on any weird curls or dry spots. I then take a mixture of 50/50 water and gel and go over my canopy. I diffuse for 10-20 minutes. Then when I get to work I scrunch with coconut oil.

This gives me the quickest styling routine and perfect curls!

I also have done a wet pineapple when my hair was longer. I just cut my hair to a shoulder bob so the hair falls out. This wet pineapple worked good too except I need to have a t-shirt over my pillow because my pillow would get wet.

3b, Medium-Coarse (slight coarse charactericstics), Normal porosity & Low elasticity per Curl Wizard Profile.
Low-poo: Nourish Shampoo
Co-wash: Suave, Vo5, HE, Aussie Moist
Deep Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in: Nourish Conditioner (Trader Joe's)
Stylers: LA Looks Sports, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil.
Methods: Wet plop or pineapple at night, diffuse in the morning. Scrunch w/joboba, coconut or almond oil.
Have you considered cutting your hair shorter?

What about overloading the gel and diffusing at night? You can scrunch out any unscrunched bits in the morning.

Ummm.. I think I'm about out of ideas....
Hair Type: Fine, 3a
Cond/LI: MOP Mixed Greens
Styler: IGA Gel
Oil: Coconut
Overall: Just likes a bit of TLC

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