I also struggle with this, mostly due to the length of my hair (BSL). In addition to layers, applying to soaking wet hair upside down & clipping, I find that plopping helps counter the effect of gravity that christina.gr mentioned.

You might want to try shampoo bars. Nothing else gives me spirals like they do - think DNA double helix! I prefer Chagrin Valley, but there are several other manufacturers that produce sulfate-free poo bars.
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2c/3a, BSL, medium, low porosity
Low-poo: Bobeam and CV poo bars; Acure Argan Oil & Stem Cell
Conditioner: Acure Argan Oil & Stem Cell; Desert Essence Shea
Stylers: Sweet Curls Elixir Curl Cream; SM CES
PT: BASK Whiskey Soak