Yeah, that's my problem. I soak my hair in leave-in conditioner and gel, and it still turns out poofy! I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

For reference, this is my hair on a "small" day:

And this is what my hair looks like wet:
Originally Posted by curlicarly
You could have more curl definition and "smoothness", but that's going to be the size of your hair either way. Most people with tightly curly hair have a lot of volume. Especially if you have finer hair the difference wet versus dry can be very dramatic.