I get this, and it's my absolute favourite way to style my hair! I've been focusing on clumps with a strong-hold gel for a few months now, but this thread inspired me to go back to my usual styling routine:
Scrunch out excess water with a t-shirt
Plop for about 10 minutes with the same t-shirt
Gently scrunch in Desert Essence's Shine and Define Lotion to the tips ONLY! DO NOT TOUCH THE ROOTS.
It was a stringy mess while wet. Like, terrible. I refused to leave my house and seriously contemplated wetting it all again.
But when it dried (which took 30 minutes instead of the 3 hours it takes with gel), my hair looked fab. Bouncy, lots of volume, fun ringlets, and something closer to my normal curl pattern (3A... with gel/clumping, I've been more of a 2B/2C).
So. I don't have loose waves, but I'm also finding that clumping does NOT give me the desired results!