I figured I would post an update here in case anybody else has the same problem and searches the forum for an answer.
Here's what worked for me: (and gave me amazing hair that I absolutely love for the past two washes now
After washing and conditioning with the Devacurl line, I let the water run over my head and rake my fingers through to arrange my hair where it would fall naturally out of the water.
Next, I lightly scrunch a little bit of water out of the three areas of my head (each side and the back of my head).
Then I take the gel and scrunch the three areas individually standing upright. Right side, left side, back...you get the idea.
Then I gently flip my head upside down but DO NOT try to arrange my hair...I let it fall naturally. The back side of my hair (because of the double crown) does not flip all the way over and I leave it this way.
If I touch it at this point, or try to get my hair to fall forward all the way so I can scrunch it, the curls separate and I'm left with a giant ball of frizz and stringy hair once my hair is dry.
I scrunch the hair that has fallen forward naturally on its own. I then slide a bit of gel in at the roots of my hair, scrunch as much water out as I can, and flip my head upright.
I then take a microfiber towel and scrunch the three areas standing upright again to make sure I get all the water out of my hair (side, side, back).
I then clip the roots and leave it to air dry (I haven't tried diffusing using this routine yet).
I guess it's just a modified version of the Devacurl 3-step process, but it's worked great for my hair and I get big fat curl family clumps even with my double crown.
It's also gotten rid of a few visible scalp areas (caused by the double crown).
Finally...after four months of going CG and embracing my waves, I've finally found a routine that works for me.