I know what she means. I get Medusa-noodle-head from loads of certain gels when aiming for clumping, others can give me horrible tiny stringlets when wet that join together into soft bouncy ringlets when they dry. I've been wondering if it's film formers that work best for me, not mega hold at all.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect