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. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect