I'm a mousse user, can't use gel at all, but I only use a small amount, a little goes a long way for me. I use a leave-in conditioner followed by CJ's CIAB (I have a couple of other similar products but they're Australian) then I finish off with the mousse. The CIAB keeps the frizz at bay and gives some curl definition so I don't need so much in the way of hold and only use a small amount of mousse. Might be something else to try.
3b in South Australia.