I think the coils/tubes in the first pic are beautiful. Those are corkscrews, not poodle-ly at all.
They would look even better with some layering IMO, but to me they look amazing and are simply curlier than the hair in the 2nd pic. The hair in the 2nd pic also looks more product-y.
If you don't like the first look, these curls patterns look close enough so maybe the same curls could be had on the same head of hair. For me, my curl pattern depends on weather, styling, and product, probably in that order, though all important factors.
Medium-high density, fine-medium, low-normal porosity, 3b/c, permanent color.
CG, no heat, combs, brushes, parabens.
Fall/Winter HG=Alba Botanica Soft Hold Style Cream.
Spring/Summer HG=MGA Sculpting Gel
Current fave LI=Madre Labs Made by Nature for Baby Conditioner.
Limit oils, butters, glycerin.