I like this gel and I use it alone. I get really nice hair with it. I have been trying samples of Curls products for a while now and did really love the Spiral Curls Cream but they changed their formula so I am losing faith in the company as a whole.
If they mess with the Goddess Glaze I am done with them.
I just bought a full size tub of it, as a matter of fact. It's the only gel product I can use that does not leave my hair frizzy/flat or crunchy/hard/flat.
I don't like using Milkshake
or Souflee because they made my hair too soft and pulled the curl out of it - sorry I can't help you there. I just use a regular old leave in (Suave), plop for 5 minutes, scrunch in my product, air dry, then diffuse.
HG's: DEP Sport Gel or LA Looks Sport Gel - used over a leave in (alternate between moisturizing LI and a protein LI) and sometimes Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz
Method: Air dry 20 minutes, then diffuse for about 3 minutes for volume.
2/3 mix waves/curls - coarse, frizz prone, med. thick, porous, at-home color for gray, protein sensitive but I still need it sometimes, and I can't use glycerin in high humidity, NOT CG, wash with regular S&C 2x a week.