Not really sure what your hair is like, mine is in my sig.
I would call KCCC a curl enhancer. It doesn't provide the hold of a gel. It's a jelly. I personally apply it in the shower after rinsing out my conditioner, get it all worked into my hair, and then do a quick upside-down cool rinse to get clumps going.
So for me it is like a leave-in/enhancer. I love it for my hair.
My hair LOVES recoil and HATES kccc. That said, my hair also LOVES As I Am Curling Jelly, found at Sally's. It is similar to kccc in that it's a jelly, but the ingredients are different. After I get out of the shower, I apply recoil and then AIA CJ. Then I pixie diffuse until mostly dry. Then SOTC for what little crunch there is. This results in really soft hair with good waves for me. My waves last 3 days as long as I pineapple my hair at night. This is my springtime routine. Once summer hits, I'll also use Curl Keeper before applying the recoil when the dews are really high.
Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
It's a gel for me too. Ag recoil makes my hair curl more easily, but gives no frizz control. i also hate how it smells. KCCC makes my hair very hard and crunchy, so I have to scrunch a lot after it dries. However, it really does reduce my frizz, which is a huge issue with me since I have fine hair. I use it alone because everything weighs my hair down. Here's a pic with just KCCC