I don't use anything to thicken. I cook it to the thickness I am comfortable with. Usually, when I lift my wooden spoon out a "string" of gel drops and hangs just a bit. Hard to describe.

I haven't been using any other gel lately. Dewpoints are in the low to mid-60's here right now. All bets might be off though once the summer heat gets here. I'm just enjoying it for now...
3b spirals, fine texture, normal porosity, dense
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Deva Low Poo
Suave Naturals Coconut for detangling
Renpure Organics conditioner/leave-in
Homemade FSG
KCCC
Curl Junkie Stuff
BRHG


Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
-wabi-sabi