Yeah I think the humidity has a lot to do with the DT being necessary or not. 60% is as bone dry as we get here and we maybe get 10 days a year or so seems like of that. Usually it's so humid that when I use a hard hold gel if I have any crunch stepping outside will take that out within minutes.
It also means I don't generally need a heavy conditioner.
Dang it JF no wonder I can't find that cream! Ah well one less thing for me to spend money on I guess. I hope you find a suitable substitute.
ETA: you know your green tea gel has been discontinued too. I found a place that has it but I'm afraid to try it because if I like it I'll not be able to find it again soon. It looks great in your hair though