I just completed a month of awful hair and lots of $$ spent trying different gels and things that would work for this season, as my usual HG doesn't work year-round in the city I moved to. I hope you don't have to go through that, but it seems like sometimes all we can do is keep experimenting with products/ingredients, and/or with styling techniques. Like, I didn't used to scrunch or worry about forming my hair into clumps, but now I'm finding I need to.
Medium-high density, fine-medium, low-normal porosity, 3b/c, permanent color.
CG, no heat, combs, brushes, parabens.
Fall/Winter HG=Alba Botanica Soft Hold Style Cream.
Spring/Summer HG=MGA Sculpting Gel
Current fave LI=Madre Labs Made by Nature for Baby Conditioner.
Limit oils, butters, glycerin.