hey fellow curlies!

I just did my first co-wash yesterday after reading the curly girl book and it didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it to

My first problem is probably the residue that was left on my hair. I think it's from the hair gel but it's like this white powdery stuff that won't go away, anyone know what it can be?

I also find that the top part of my hair (what massey calls canopy curls) do curl but still lie flat against my head...could it be that I used too much conditioner?

I also feel like my hair was left crunchy and sort of disgusting after all that hair gel. Before I started with this routine I would only use really little hair gel but now I did exactly like the book said..and used a handful. Later when I clipped my roots and let it dry...my hair dried as the clips were and when I took them out the sections wouldn't go away.

Any ideas? I appreciate any help I can get!