Yeah, I think I can relate to that. If my hair clumps they are HUGE and just bumpy. I am indeed finding smaller strand clumps...strumps .... work better. And I do, when and if it gets stringly looking, comb it out and then it looks like a roller set, which is fine. (Lucky you on a Deva cut! I really would like to try that, but when mine is longer I think I will go for long layers. I suspect it will work better....maybe...ugh. Cutting decisions are an issue for me.)