Myrna, in the summer I use CK (or actually "personal lubricant" now but it's got identical ingredients) straight out of the shower (and after I put in my leave-in), then I plop for about 5-10 minutes, then I do my gel/diffusing/what have you. CK alone doesn't have quite enough hold for me either, but adding one gel (LALSG) afterwards gave some extra hold without ruining the effects of the CK.
I stopped using the CK because we have crazy low dews right now and my hair doesn't seem to like it in the dry winter air, but I'll be adding it back as soon as it warms up a bit (IF it ever warms up!!).
2c/3a, fine, low porosity.
Low-poo: L'Oreal EverSleek
Co-wash: I've pretty much quit co-washing, my hair didn't like it
Rinse out: Aubrey GPB (for protein) or GVPCB (for moisture) - I don't PT/DT, these seem to be enough for my hair
Leave in: FOTE AVG with Tresemme Naturals on top and a TINY bit of SM Smoothie on the ends
Summer style (humid): LALSG
Winter style (dry): KCCC, then LALSG