With APL hair, I usually use five pumps of my water+conditioner spray at a time. I spray one hand, redistribute to the other also by rubbing them together after putting down the bottle. Immediately after sandwiching a section of hair between my palms, I start to run them lightly down my hair, from root to ends. Like the O.P. I usually dampen 5 sections. I can see my curls jump back toward my scalp as I release pressure on my hair.
Then I dampen my hands with about three pumps of water+conditioner, flip my hair over, insert my fingers in through my hair, and dampen my roots at the crown. Staying over, I scrunch, scrunch, scrunch all over, and then some. Before going upright again, I support my hair with my hands, as described in Curly Girl: The Handbook for supporting your hair after scrunching when styling your hair initially, after washing.
Baby Fine 3B, normal density and elasticity, low porosity
CGing since July 2008