I don't know if it was good vibes from the people on this board or what, but I think that I finally have this stuff down and WOW!
For those that are interested, here's what I did:
After my shower (my leave-in was Fast Food), I rubbed some re:coil
(a dollop a midway between a chocolate chip and a Hershey's kiss (Sorry, but since Valentine's day I have chocolate on the brain, and comparing the amount to coins doesn't really help me since coins are flat)) between my hands and applied to soaking wet hair by gathering it back like a pony tail and scrunching through. Then I used a pea-sized amount and scrunched through the back. Then I used one and a half Hershey's kisses-size worth of AnGell and scruched through. I flipped upside down and scrunched more with my microfiber towel. Then I put another pea-sized amount of re:coil
through my hands, added some water so it wasn't so pasty, and smoothed it over my hair and lightly scrunched. (I don't know if the extra application of re:coil
is necessary, but I did it on the first day that my hair turned out great so I am just going to replicate the process.) Then I diffused dry. Holy curls!! They are very
soft, no crunch whatsoever, and I used the same routine three days in a row last week and got consistent results. Over the weekend, to experiment, I tried it with GF Curl Construct mousse instead of AnGell and got good results, but my hair felt a little producty and my curls weren't nearly as clumpy (the GF mousse is a new product for me so I am still trying to figure it out). Today I went back to the re:coil
/AnGell routine and have luscious, clumpy, soft curls.
Thanks again, ladies, for helping me figure this out.