Nice!! How are you plopping? What I mean is are you applying products, etc upside down first?

I don't turn upside down until I plop. I rinse, comb out, etc right side up, but leaning my hair forward slightly. When I'm out and scrunching in product I tip it slightly further forward, and side to side slightly, especially as I use a towel to scrunch out the excess water and product.

Then I gently turn it upside down onto the plopping towel.

I have found if I do other things upside down my clumps fall apart more and I tend to get more issues at the roots, like what you were describing.

I do "loosen" the roots at the end of my shower, and gently a little more just before the plop gets wrapped.
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing