Are you using a leave-in under the gel? I get no crunch when using a leave-in.
I'm a 3b, with 3c underneath.
Used to be CG, now I'm not. Using Suave Aloe & Waterlily shampoo & condish, JoiWhip, BRHG, Suave Aloe gel, Aussie Tizz No Frizz, and anything else that looks good!