Have you had any better luck with the Paste? I don't like "clumps" either, because they make my hair look so much shorter than I want it too. I can see some scalp on the top of my head when my hair is soaking wet and I've raked in the paste (or gel), but my hair poofs out as it dries so my scalp doesn't show for long. My hair looks a lot like your hair in your avatar, (only it's a litte longer), so I think our hair definitely has many similarities...

I have the most stubborn "canopy". It wants to fluff, not curl, and when it does decide to curl, it's always in directions that make me look like Einstein did my hair. I've found the paste is great for taming this rebel part of my hair, and getting it to hold curl. Have you tried the paste to SOTC? Doesn't is smell soooooo yummy?
3b/c, Coarse, Low Porosity, Desert Climate
CG since August 2011/Occasionally Minimally Modified since 2013
Favorites: Beautiful Nutrition Cocoa Curl Cleansing Conditioner, Beautiful Nutrition Cocoa Curl High Definition Moisture Gel, Beautiful Nutrition UltraLight Lime Jel Control Serum, Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse Clarifying Treatment