I am like you as I just got my first Deva cut & style in January. I noticed too that he used a lot of gel (4 gobs). I started doing that with the Deva product and my hair turned out great. But as I have tried to perfect it and used different products, I've had bad days. I used the Angel and not the ArcAngel (am I getting the name right?) It is the one that is not as firm.
For those with wavy hair, do you have better results if you wait 5-10 minutes before you put the gel in?
Does conditioner as a LI weigh your hair down?