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.
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!
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