What method are you using to apply your prodcuts? Maybe you aren't getting enough product to your understory (I think that is what it is called).
I use the curlisto method with the 5 sections. Lately I've been lazy so I just use a big clip and section out as I go along. I have found that it is the only way that I get good coverage on my understory. Its a looser curl on the bottom and it really needs something or else I lose my curl and it frizzes.
Maybe if you at least do a top and bottom half you can get more coverage on your bottom half.
I use to hate volume. Now I love it. It just took me getting my hair on track and healthy.
Mix of 3s, thick, coarse, medium porosity
Current hair styling technique: rake with a scrunch at the end. (works with my coarse hair)
Known HGs: KCCC, homemade fsg, honey