One thing I noticed is that not all the curls curl in the same direction.. some go clockwise, and others are counterclockwise. So maybe that has something to do with it? My roots aren't perfectly clumped either.. the coil starts at about a half inch down the strand from the root.
I only used conditioner and oil (my staples) to do this style. I refresh with ORS Elastici-tea leave in conditioner, which I have put in a spray bottle, and a lil shea or an oil.
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My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)