Gels definitely aren't a no-no for me (and I'm CG). If you're worried about dryness coming with hold, however, make sure to look for alcohol free gels. I think magnesium sulfate can also be drying for some.
CG since July 2012!
3a/3b; low porosity, medium/coarse, high density
Conditioners: VO5, GVPCB, Tresemme Naturals
Stylers: SM Smoothie, Aussie Instant Freeze, LALS, Garnier Pure Clean gel, coconut/olive oil