CG doesn't work for everyone. I gave it a try for YEARS on and off and I just couldn't get it to work for me. I still do a conditioner wash between regular old shampoos and I do like products that rinse out clean but I don't drive myself crazy over it anymore. You can modify it any way you like or just discard it altogether - do whatever works for you. I think lots of people on this board have tried thousands of combinations of every suggestion ever talked about! Myself included! LOL!
HG's: (I alternate)
DEP Sport Gel or B&A Gel
Naturalle Gel (used like CK - a ton in sopping wet hair and mostly air dry)
all used over a leave in

Method: Air dry 20 minutes, then blow dry for volume.

2/3 mix waves/curls - coarse, frizz prone, med. thick, porous, at-home color for gray, protein sensitive but I still need it sometimes, glycerin-sensitive (I think) in high humidity, NOT CG, wash with regular S&C 2x a week.