I'm glad to see others have this same problem! It took me a long time to figure it out because it seemed so silly. The most annoying part is that my water is kind of yucky (hard + iron), so I try to avoid putting tap water in it when styling. So I spray distilled water in my hand and smooth it on. It would be so much easier if I could just spray it directly in my hair!
3a/b, fine, normal porosity, high density

Wash: CJ Daily Fix, As I Am, TJs TTT
RO: YTB
LI: Suave TC + CJ CCCC, brushed through with Denman
Styling: Smooth in LAL Wet Look gel, scrunch, and plop 10 minutes, then add a little more gel, cover with silk cap, and sleep on it
Refresh: 3:1 water/Suave mix as needed