Hey there hair twin
I agree with that everyone had been saying. My only two cents is that those of us with coarser hair need to watch out for protein, and whenever I use LALSG for more than a few days my hair rebels.

Have you tried SOTCing with oil? That never fails in my case are ensuring soft curls, especially if your gel is on the crunchy side.

If you still want to use harder hold gels I would recommend ditching the LALSG and trying Aussie Instant Freeze or another protein-free hard hold. Right now I'm mixing that with some jelly products and it's been fine.
CG Birthday: 7/25/11
Type 3a/2c
Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
Leave In: ^^^^
Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
*Desert Curly*