I have the same properties (fine/normal/normal). I still like strong hold gels, but I found that thinner gels seem to weigh down my hair much less (thick clumpy gels will pull my hair more towards waves, while a more liquid gel will give me more curls). I also focus on using lots of protein- I've actually tried to overdose on protein and it didn't work.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel