I love hard hold gels. LAL sports gel is hard hold, so you have the right stuff. I agree with waiting until ALL of your hair is BONE DRY to scrunch. If I SOTC too soon, it loses curl and volume. It helps to diffuse a bit. You do t have to dry it all the way, but diffusing enough so that the roots dry a bit and the heat "sets" the gel is very helpful for volume.
2C-3A/ Coarse/ Normal to high porosity/ SW Florida
Cleanse: *CJ Daily Fix, AIA Coco Cowash, Trader Joe's TTT condish, Shea Moisture poos
Condish: CJ Smoothing, Curly Kinks Renew, Darcy's Pumpkin, *CJ Curl Rehab
Enhancers & 2nd day products: *Okra gel or FSG, Uncle Funky's CM, CJ Pattern Pusha
Gels: MGA sculpting, Giovanni LAN, Spiral Solutions FHG, LALSG, *JC Spiralicious