This is one time when I ted to agree with your self evaluation. It does have a bit of a problem.
I appreciate the honesty :)
I have an idea: try coiling once or twice as nautilus and the rest of the length as a cinnamon bun. I did that once but only on extra greasy hair because it had grip. on freshly washed hair my houdini hair escapes any updo lol
I just tried this on my messy right-before-bed braid and WOW. I think you're really onto something here! It did get a bit of that "cannonball" effect, but I think I can correct it on a fresher braid. I'm going to try this tomorrow!Thank you so much for the idea!