I just tried the Aussie Volume Texturizing gel, and it rocks. I probably used a bunch but it is touchable with shine and it's maximum hold. (There's a mild crunch that easily scrunches out.) It also seems very curl enhancing. 4.99. Dries pretty fast too.
I was really liking the HE stuff especially Totally Twisted, but it just did not have any hold at all for me. I would end up having to use hairspray or something and then I got a sticky, bushy mess at the end of the day.
Delma, are you open to health food store products? I just got a bottle of the Kiss My Face Upper Management gel that some other curlies like Brio and MedusaHair have been raving about. It doesn't have any cones. I'm gonnna give it a go next time I'm washing my hair and see what results I get. Hopefully as good as theirs! Anyway, I got it for $4.50 .