May I ask which COs/gels you used during your CG attempt? I'm convinced it's not the routine that doesn't work for some people but the products they choose, with the right ones for your hair type it should help it curl better. While some of us experience immediate success others have to try 2 or 3 times before getting it right so perhaps you could just start over with different products than the first time (and make sure to read the entire book again because of all the styling tips included).
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.
"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC