I think it's the individual hair type. Like for me, 3b, I have to put product on sopping wet hair or else it won't work. As soon as my hair starts to dry, it starts to frizz unless there is something on it.

Also, I don't just put gel on, first I put on some leave-in condish, CCSC and RR or LOOB and then I follow with gel, although some days I can just get away with the leave-in condish and gel.

Either way, I need something under the gel. Then I blot with a towl or plop depending on my mood. I'm not always guranteed a good result with plopping.
3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.