Hydrolysed protein and mucilage extracts (okra, flaxseed) are some of the main film formers we use. Aloe vera can be a film former, also some of the ingredients in Kinky Curly Knot Today - but AV doesn't play nicely in all dew points and KCKT is pH 7 so I can't say how they work as styling aids. I *think* xanthan gum is, there is also sclerotium gum but that is more used in skincare AFAIK
I really did not like RR the first few times, decent clumps broke up into stringlets and I didn't feel curl boost where I needed it either. I liked it MUCH better when I tried again without
any gel over the top for a casual look. Also liked the effect of conditioner only styling with loads of a protein rich conditioner - that is why I am coming round to the idea that plenty of true conditioner (cationic surfactants, fatty alcohol) plus a film former and not hard hold products work better for my hair type.
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.