I've never used gel, can't stand crunchy stringy hair. I kinda want big, full, but well formed curls.
I live in Utah, and products for curls are not easy to find - but I happened upon Lock and Twist gel at Walgreens http://www.organicrootstimulator.com...lock_twist.htm
It is basically coconut milk and glycerine. I don't form twists with it, I simply apply it like a gel, plop for about 20 minutes, clip let dry and go.
Anyway, it works for me.