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; mediumish porosity, medium/coarse, high density
Cleansers: Suave Naturals, VO5, SM shea butter shampoo, TJ TTT shampoo
Conditioners: GVPCB, Tresemme Naturals, TJ TTT
Stylers: LALS, La Bella gel, SM curl milk, coconut/olive oil