I'm a licensed cosmetologist so this is right down my alley :) get a good mousse, one that won't leave your hair "crunchy". I suggest "whipped cream" by Sebastian. towel dry your hair and put some of that in. get a diffuser (a nozzle attachment for your blow dryer) and blow dry it in sections :)
if you start scrunching your hair when its damp it will work the best, and if your hair isn't cooperating I suggest taking clips (or bobby pins) and putting it up in a twisted/curl then in about 5/10 min let it down and it should stay.