I put everything in soaking wet and upside down (I stand in the tub while I do this). First, I rake or comb it in -- then I scrunch in a little more. I keep scrunching and squeezing water out, then I scrunch w/ microfiber towel and then plop.

I found that conditioning, rinsing, and applying products upside down and soaking wet while scrunching was the key for nice clumps. I really don't know why upside down makes such a difference; but if I do it right side up I get stringlets.
2a/b right now; 2c when it's longer
Fine/iii density/high porosity

Current favorites:
Suave Naturals Coconut co-wash
GVP Protein Restructuring Conditioner
GVP Conditioning Balm
Eco-Styler, LALSG, BRHG, Garnier Curl Shaping Spray Gel
ACV rinse 1x per week