Myrna, since CK has polyquats and glycerin, why you would need to eliminate those ingredients in a gel that you'll be using over it? To get the full effect of eliminating them, you would want to completely stop using all three for a week or so to see if your hair improves.
I have been avoiding glycerin in my styling products for the last month and have had awesome hair. Today, I decided to use Curl Keeper to see if I could use it (CK is my mid dew fave!). My experiment was confirmed- dews were in the 70s today and I had major frizz. No more glycerin in high dews for me!
2C-3A/ Coarse/ Normal to high porosity/ SW Florida
Wash: CJ Daily Fix, AIA Coco Cowash, Trader Joe's TTT condish, Shea Moisture MRS
CO: CJ Smoothing, Curly Kinks Renew, Darcy's Pumpkin, CJ Curl Rehab, Regis Olive Oil
Enhancers: Okra gel, FSG, Uncle Funky's CM, CJ Pattern Pusha, KMF Upper Mgmt
I always top with a gel: MGA sculpting, Giovanni LAN, Spiral Solutions FHG, JC Spiralicious
Other loves: Coconut oil soaks & pre poo, Jane Carter N&S