Have you tried the LA Looks sport gel? It has great hold, and is pretty cheap. I use it pretty regularly, but if I do change it up, I always end up going back to it. Hope this helps!
3b / Medium or Coarse / High Density / High Porosity 3b thick, curly hair, SL
CG method since August, 2012
CO wash: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Conditioner (with brown sugar when needed)
rinse out CO: TRESemme Naturals Radiant Volume Conditioner
leave-in: TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
stylers: jojoba oil, LA looks sport gel (winter), ic fantasia hair polisher styling gel (summer)