I use xanthan gum mixed with distilled water. I make a big batch (2 tablespoons of xanthan gum mixed with 2 cups of distilled water). I do have to spend about 30 minutes mixing it with a fork, but it really gives my hair great hold.

I would suggest leaving the xanthan gum gel in the frig overnight before adding some with your fsg.

I am using just the the xanthan gum gel by itself over KCKT. Lately, the fsg has been giving me frizz.

It does give a lot of crunch but I like that! Also, takes away the bulk.