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!
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.