I identify as having 3c hair and My pony puffs tend to look like this
Name:  ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1373072104.153634.jpg
Views: 2750
Size:  39.4 KB
Name:  ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1373072167.848177.jpg
Views: 4370
Size:  38.6 KB
I usually do my pony puffs on a wash and go.
I don't use gel
Nor do I use an elastic.
I usually mist my edges and brush them up.
Then I use a knee high sock (the kind that I use is made out of stocking material) that i stretch and tie around loosely around my edges, and I tighten it and push it up to make the puff.