Have you tried Fantasia IC? They have several formulas and I think it might be aloe Vera free. I prefer it to ecostyler...dries faster and has a less crunchy hold but still gives you freeze free hair.
You can also try making a "pudding" with the ecostyler by adding Shea butter or and heavy oil to it...so that when you apply it, it will help it dry under the dryer with less crunch and hold. I like to mix my gels like ecostyler with conditioner which when applied on top of my leave in balances out the crunch of the gel and prevents it from drying hard. Trader joes nourish spa I believe is aloe free..just google for the ingredients.
I love the curl junkie brand because they have some really good gels that give you hold w/o the helmet hair and the long dry time. You don't have to slather them on either so even though they are expensive, they last for quite a while.
Hope this helps you!
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