How do I enhance my curls and get my hair to dry?

Hello, I have a mix of 3c/4a hair. My hair is really curly after showers and I used to just apply gel to it to hold the curls. Now that my hair is fairly long (approaching shoulder length), it takes longer for the gel to dry and I basically go throughout majority of my day with damp hair. I do not like this. What can I do to make sure that my hair dries faster? I'm a college student so I don't have much time after washes to get my hair to dry. I tried to replace gel with curl milk but my hair doesn't dry with that either. I have bought a diffuser but it takes way too long to even get it 70% dry. When I apply leave in conditioner it doesn't dry and just makes my hair really greasy and feels gross. Any tips on how to go about handling this? I'm a guy and usually just let my hair loose. Thanks in advance! :)

2 Answers

I know that struggle so here's my process. When I get out the shower I have 4 large twists in my hair and I wrap them in a t-shirt so I can get dressed. Then I remove the shirt and apply my products (this varies on how big I want my hair) at that point my hair is still pretty wet, then after all my product is applied I flip my head over and squeeze out the excess water with the t-shirt. That makes my hair about 50% dry so now my dry time is 3-4 hours instead of 7-8. If I whip my hair around or got outside when it warm it'll take 2-3 hours to dry.  
I know that struggle so here's my process. When I get out the shower I have 4 large twists in my hair and I wrap them in a t-shirt so I can get dressed. Then I remove the shirt and apply my products (this varies on how big I want my hair) at that point my hair is still pretty wet, then after all my product is applied I flip my head over and squeeze out the excess water with the t-shirt. That makes my hair about 50% dry so now my dry time is 3-4 hours instead of 7-8. If I whip my hair around or got outside when it warm it'll take 2-3 hours to dry.