I get WAY better clumps, and my hair has more body. I do the raking with just water (I don't get it soaking wet), and if there are any frizzy parts I put leave in on them (not a lot of leave in). When I put the product in, I actually just lightly run it through my hair (almost like rubbing it over my hair-not raking it). I use mousse now, but when I used gel I did the same thing. After that I scrunch but not too much. I fix my hair one side at a time. It works really well for me, and my hair stays soft but in place. The good part is that I can always add more product if necessary. When it's wet, I can't really tell exactly how much product I need. I hope that makes sense. lol
-3A, fine, very thick, normal por., normal elast., long, dye- free (CG since Nov. '11)
-CO (As needed): Suave Nat. (usually strawberry) or GVP The Detangler and air dry
-Low poo (As needed): Giovanni 50/50
-RO: GVP CB (experimenting with GVP The Detangler)
-LI: Giovanni DLI or a tiny bit of my co-wash or RO (sometimes none)
-Styling: BYZ Noodle Head Tame your Curls Mousse
-PT: ION Effective Care