1. I get some decent curl enhancement from it! Even though it says strong hold I have to mix a bit of BRHG w/ it since it poofs out on me otherwise. I have a really weak wave pattern so you might be able to use it as a gel.
2. Here is a list of the store locations:
Store Locations | Where to Buy - Uncle Funky's Daughter
I live in IA so I had to order online! I love the Curly Magic. That product is seriously like magic for me. I find it very forgiving with the amounts you use and it has a little hold on its own. You could also order a sample from kathymack to try first though.
Medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity, very weak waves.
shampoo: Redken Fresh Curls
rinse out: CJ CR, TN
jellies: UFD's CM, KCCC
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG