I'm not a gel person either and I spent a long time avoiding them. Once I ran out of all my non gel options I tried a gel hunt and actually found a wonderful gel that dries without crunch.
3C/Fine to Medium/Low Porosity/High Density
CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo
DB Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner
CJ Smoothing Lotion
Queen Helene Sculpturing Gel & Glaze
No Salts, No Waxes, No Butters, No Heavy Oils
No ACV, No Saponified Oils, Protein Sensitive