You may be scrunching out too much. You don't have to have a ton of hair to plop - I use a curlease towel (single layer, not folded) and just wrap it on my head for maybe 5-7 mins (however long it takes me to dry off and get dressed). When I take it off to add gel, it's still pretty wet but not dripping. Works like a charm.
3a/some b, med/high porosity, med texture
My current HGs:
Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut, VO5 Strawberries & Cream
Conditioner: Darcy Botanicals pumpkin, LVPNG, Deva OneC
Leave-in: KCKT, Deva B'Leave In
Cremes: CIAB, pink Boots, Komaza coconut, FSG, CJ CCCC
Gels: BRHG, AO B5, LALSG
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CG since 2/07 and loving it!