newbie - struggling with CG routine

stubbornirishhairstubbornirishhair Posts: 118Registered Users
I recently decided to stop blowdrying my hair straight and have started with the Curly Girl routine and am struggling a bit
1.My hair takes a good 5 hours to dry completely because its very thick, and its cold out so when I take off my hat or hood at work I look witchy.
2.When I scrunch it ends up looking messy anyway because some strands poof out. Sometimes I have to comb my hair just so I don't scare people, but that doesn't help encourage waves.
I've been using mild shampoo 2x week so far, want to work toward 1x a week, conditioning on the ends. I've been using the John Frieda curl enhancing spray but I'm afraid it has 'cones.
I get 2a loose waves easily without any trouble, but I think I'd look better with a little more wave, since my hair is only shoulder length. Does anyone else have hair like this that they have been successful coaxing more waves out of?
2B wavy thick hair
Fia=2a M iii
modified CG since 1/12/06