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: Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee (always and forever)
Cantu Naturals s & c (shampoo 1x a week), use conditioner as a co-wash every day and LI under my gel.

Air dry then diffuse canapy layers only for volume
Coconut oil before/after coloring grays and on ends.

2b/c mix waves/curls - coarse, frizz prone, med. thick, porous, at-home color, protein sensitive but I still need it sometimes, glycerin-sensitive (I think) in high humidity. After 16 years on NC.com I FINALLY figured it out..