I find layering 2 light to medium hold gels works for giving good hold without (too much) crunch. Like FSG or okra gel + GVP liq. Gel, or you could use curl creams instead- they give pretty good hold with no crunch. I have figured out through trial and error that almost all gels give some crunch, but the less thick/ heavy gels are much easier to scrunch out. I tried LALSG the other day for the 1st time (it's my hubby's), and was alarmed by how hard it was to SOTC compared to my others. BRHG is the same way. Ideally I like be able to SOTC with a very light hand. If you want little to no crunch, you could try CJ CIAB, Curl Keeper.
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Transitioning to gray
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip