I've been using Salon Selectives Molding Putty as a finisher on the cottony parts of my hair--the bits that like to look like undefined fuzz (cotton candy). It works pretty well for keeping those parts defined. I haven't used it on my whole head, but I imagine it has a slightly stronger hold than a gel.
A styling putty that seems similar to SSMD in texture is Head Wear Strung Out Styling Goo. It probably costs about the same as the SSMD. (I linked the ingredients to both. The Styling Goo has a little almond oil and aloe vera in it.) I just ran out of SSMD and might try this one next.