What an interesting morning I've had. Here's what I changed today...no leave-in and no gel. Instead, I just used Biotera curl creme, fine-tooth combed, then Joico mousse, then plopped for 15 minutes. It FINALLY dawned on me that the plopping was making my clumps break apart, not the gel, so I ran back to the bathroom and re-supersoaked, and re-moussed. This gave me MUCH better clumps, but there are a still a few kinks I'd like to work out (har har).

I probably shouldn't comb anymore. Or plop anymore. Or use a leave-in. Since I've finally figured out that plopping makes my hair sad, not gel, I think I'm going to give the gel ONE more try, before I officially give it up altogether.

Maybe your hair doesn't like the fine toothed comb, and would work better with a brush. I absolutely love my Denman brush. I have read about people using a comb with great results, but I have also read that some people can't do the comb (their hair doesn't clump as well) and give the curl definition they like. So don't give up, keep experimenting!
Originally Posted by greekgoddess
Yeah, I'm totally starting to question the comb. I have a lot more surface frizz when I comb it...I'll use my denman instead next time and see! Thanks for the tip!

Have you tried not plopping? My hair hates it. I know this process of trial and error is so frustrating. Maybe try not plopping and see what happens.
Originally Posted by DoobyDuck
Why didn't I think of this before!! I plopped my hair this morning, and instantly saw all of my clumps break apart. I'd never attributed it to plopping! When it finally dawned on me, I supersoaked again, and voila! Better clumps!! I didn't have the root curl I usually get with plopping, I can totally forgo the root curl for better clumping
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