I bought some Alba Strong Hold Gel a few days ago, and I'm actually having trouble trying to figure out how to use it. Has anyone else used it and managed to get a crunchy cast? I used a couple dime sized gloops and it did nothing, so today I used 3 quarter sized dollops on my hip length hair and its drying soft and a little too poofy for my liking. Where's the strong hold? How much do you use?

Please help! I don't want to go return it. D:

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-2b waist-length hair (ringlets in the front and canopy, straighter under-layer)
-Dense head of med-coarse strands
-Low porosity