Try 1st raking in very very wet hair followed by smoothing, I find that a good use of both techniques makes both product distribution and clumping. This is one of methods that works for me. I cant do lot of scruching though, my course curly strands starts to frizz out. So I do a 1 closed palm scrunch and let it alone(I do 4 sections of scrunch).Hope this helps
3a with some 2a-2c, Medium/Low Porosity
Co-wash:deva no-poo/Vo5 kiwi
Leave-in:Shea Moisture/GVP conditioning Balm/AOHSR

Since long hair- I finger twist in big chunks, which helps till 5th day hair
Gel:LA sports
Plop: Old T-shirt for 15 minutes ,diffuse