I found the same thing with the SM curling smoothie, my hair felt gunky.

I have been using Catwalk Curls Rock Curl amplifier as a leave in. I co wash, then condition and then I rinse my hair with cool water. After the cool rinse I shut off the shower and use the curl amplifier while my hair is still soaking wet. I I comb it through with a wide tooth comb and then get out of the shower. I scrunch my hair with a t-shirt so it's not sopping wet, then I apply Deva Curl AnGel. Then scrunch again. I let it air dry or if I'm in a rush I will difuse it. I get the hold without the gunk.
2 b/c at the moment, 3a when not relaxed
Medium Texture
Normal Porosity