I just wanted to let you know that I'm struggling with the same thing.

I've recently discovered that less is more. I thought I had to use a ton of stuff for hold. I don't. The heavier stuff weighs it down, but lighter stuff doesn't always make it poof out. Sometimes it really is all about product.

I used mousse the other day and it held better than my firm hold gel did. who knew? lol.
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