I was applying my gel after plopping like melaniesusan, but today I applied the gel before my plop. It went AFG + LALSG, brush through, CLU scrunch out the water, plop.
Results were not as good as when I apply the gel after my plop.
However....I find that plopping breaks up my clumps, so next time I'm going to super soak after I plop, maybe scrunch out a little water, and then apply my gel. I'm finding that the purpose of plopping (for me) is to get my hair out of the way so I can apply lotion, toner to my face, etc. Frankly it has never done anything good for my hairstyle