On a trip to the UK, I bought pink "boots curl creme," much loved by some forumites here. So far, I have tried two ways to apply the cream but neither produced good results.
Because of skin irritations, I always "wash" my hair over the bathtub (head-over) with conditioner and leave in a tiny little bit of conditioner in a second round. Then I continued with...

1 - vinegar-lemon-filtered water rinse, squeeze out excess water, scrunch in boots cream, plop
Result: Most of the hair did not get any of the cream but it looked somehow greasy

2 - rake boots cream through the hair, then vinegar-lemon-filtered water rinse, squeeze out excess water, plop
Result: Curl pattern was destroyed, tons of frizz

How do you apply the curl cream? My hair is over-shoulder long and I used about the size of a hazelnut of the cream. (The vinegar/lemon rinse is essential in my routine since the water is so hard here that I have to de-stone the tea kettle twice a month, even though we use filtered water only.)

Thank you!
'taltalim' is hebrew for 'curls' *