aloe Vera gel is an excellent curl definer but my hair is different. I have 4a hair, thus probably drier than yours. I uses 3 tbsp avg mixed with 1 tbsp jojoba oil. It defines and moisturizes my hair. There is no crunchy hold either. I have midneck length hair (if stretched with fingers) so you may have to adjust #. Also, a bit less oil may be better for you but in my case it does not leave my hair greasy but just perfectly moisturized. This combination serves as both a leavein and curl styler/gel.