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.
Originally Posted by yossarian
I actually get better curl formation with longer hair. Idk if that's weird. I seriously get spirals at about BSL or longer but not so much when it's shorter. I can get root curl if I do my routine upside down but I've found it's not worth it for me. My waves are really inconsistent and kind of messy looking. I'm ok with straight roots if the rest of my hair looks good
2b//high porosity//fine texture//medium density//low elasticity//loves protein
Lo-poo: SMMR, SMC&S
Clarifying: VO5 shampoos
Co-wash: VO5 conditioners
RO: VO5 conditioners
Styling: AIF, FSG, gelatin gel
PT: IAGirl's gelatin treatment