I never use gel....it's only mousse for my 2B hair. I have dense thickness, medium porosity, normal elasticity. My hands-down fave is Condition 3 in 1 mousse. Affordable, easy-to-find, reliable every day, a tolerable smell that doesn't make me sick and gives me nice defined, but soft, waves and curls. I prefer a natural, soft look but still need hold. This gives me both.