I have had the same issues lately. Lately I have been switching between the AIF and BRHG or the LALPS. I always add a little bit of oil in the gel to keep from having the drying effects. I need a lot of hold and this has been really working for me. I also use the SM Curling Souffle (which I adore) with a little bit of PS or BRHG for added hold. Seems to be working.