If I use gel, I have to scrunch it in while my hair is soaking wet. I like the LA sports gel as well as BRHG. It seems to distribute a little better, but the BRHG gives excellent hold for 2 and 3 day hair. With the LA gel use maybe a quarter size puddle for each section of hair, and I do 4 sections. I scrunch that into soaking wet hair, then scrunch out excess water w a microfiber towel, then plop and diffuse. I use less of the BRHG than the LA gel. I have never smoothed gel over the canopy. I don't have good results with gel if use it on drier hair.
2b/2c ( weather permitting - 3a), fine texture but lots of it, colored and highlights, BSL.
Experimenting w CG since Oct 2012

Current rotation:
cowash= TN
AG Gel Mousse, LA Gel,
DT = Coconut oil (love)