Is gel okay to use?

I have curly hair ... Im multiracial. Lately I have been using conditoner , gel, and olive oil. If I just leave in conditoner by the end of the day my curls poof up. What daily steps should I take and what do I need to put in my hair? Is gel a big nono???
There are lots of gels out there that different people have success with, so gels definitely aren't a no-no.

I've made homemade FSG (flax seed gel) and like how that gives a light hold and leaves my hair touchable, but I've also recently discovered that if I mix KCCC (Kinky-Curly Curling Custard) with a little EVOO or CJ CIAB, or KCKT, that it gives pretty good hold, decreases frizz, but doesn't make my hair look stringy (KCCC used on it's own on my hair just doesn't work for whatever reason).

In general, I'm very cautious about proteins in products, plus I try to stay pretty CG, so those criteria guide my choices. You'll probably have to do some experimenting with products to find a favorite/favorites, but I imagine there are ones out there that will work for you.
3b / Fine / Low (to Med) Density / Normal Porosity & Elasticity

Currently Using [*Holy Grails*]
Cleansers: DC No-Poo / DC Low-Poo / *BaSo & ACV*
Co-Washes/ROs: CJ Beauticurls Argan & OO / DC OneC / Organicals DC Creme
Additives: *Silk Amino Acids* / Honeyquat / Fragrance Oils
LIs (found some!): KCKT / CJ Beauticurls LI / CJ Curl Assurance Smoothing Daily Condish
DTs: *Coconut Oil* rinses / *Honey*, EVOO, & DC OneC / CJ Curl Rehab
Sealer: *DM Super Buttercreme*

Goal: APL Hair
Gels definitely aren't a no-no for me (and I'm CG). If you're worried about dryness coming with hold, however, make sure to look for alcohol free gels. I think magnesium sulfate can also be drying for some.
CG since July 2012!
3a; mediumish porosity, medium/coarse, high density
Cleansers: Suave Naturals, VO5, SM shea butter shampoo, TJ TTT shampoo
Conditioners: GVPCB, Tresemme Naturals, TJ TTT
Stylers: LALS, La Bella gel, SM curl milk, coconut/olive oil
I ONLY use gels in terms of stylers.
With a good leave in I don't get much dryness.
My hair can't take a ton of moisture anyway.
3b | low-normal porosity (still confused, definitely not high porosity) | med to coarse texture

Co-Wash: most any silicone free V05 or Suave | RO: GVP Cond. Balm, GVP Joico K Pak, Tresemme Naturals Moisutrizing Cond., SheaMoisture Shea Butter Restorative Cond. | LI: one of my rinse outs | DT: one of my rinse outs with oil | Stylers: BRHG

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