If you don't mind a DIY project, homemade flax seed gel (FSG) works better than KCCC for me.
Here is a YouTube video on how it's made:
Do It Yourself: Homemade Natural Hair Gel with Flaxseeds - YouTube
I haven't found anything cheaper than KCCC for how it performs. Some here like As I Am Curling Jelly (from Sally's,) but it is just as expensive per oz.
Hopefully others on here have found a store product that works, but only FSG beats in performance compared to KCCC. I add epsom salt and neutral protein filler in mine. Works wonderfully!!
CG Journey Start Date: 08.21.12 Now modified CG
F/M texture, Med Density, Low/Normal Porosity, Hennindigo
Current Routine (Still working out the kinks):
Sulfate wash: CHSTS
CO-Wash: IEC, VO5VMT, TNRV
Rinse Out: YTCarrots, DLOO, Renpure Red, GVPCBLI: YTCarrots, CCC
PT: NPF Styler: AG:RC, KCCC, LALNC, FSG