Moisturise it a lot with what? You don't mention any conditioners in your routine. Most ingredients in conditioners don't absorb, they sit on the surface. Humectants only help hydrate hair in some climates, many dry haired curlies need to seal in that moisture with something containing oils. What are your hair properties especially porosity?
You might make your Eco gel into an Ecostyler custard
Eco Styler Olive Oil Custard - YouTube
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG, growing out mechanical and chemical damage = breakage and very high porosity. Past armpit length heading for waist.
Treatments: Komaza protein, Komaza Matani, coconut oil with sugar syrup. Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots curl creme, Rockin RInglets
Experimenting with: Mega-Tek, Curl Harmony reviver, Elvive Full Restore 5.