Gel drying out my hair

I just got rid of all my gels because I realized they were making my curls super dry. Has anyone else experience this
the drugstore brands do that to my hair. i do have lalsg on hand, do use it from time to time in the winter, but cannot use it more than 2, 3 days in a row even with a heavy leave in.
i have been sealing my hair, and may try the lalsg this winter but with my leave in, then sealer, then the gel.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
Yup!!! But I have no idea what to do about it... My curls need the hold of a gel. Nothing else works . I just try to use a good amount of leave-in conditioner prior to gel application.
Is it maybe a dew point/ingredient issue?
remember, with all advice or suggestions for your hair, YMMV!!
My hair:
2b wavy, medium texture, low porosity, med-high density. Protein finicky.
My routine:
Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
LI: KCKT or CJSL
Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.
No alcohol silicone free. I just stop using it I just use a good amount of leave in a Shea moisture milk as my styler and olive oil to seal and my hair holds fine which I was super happy about.
Ingredients related to dew points issues would be humectants. Glycerin, for example.

I noticed a thread on conditioner styling, too, that might be an option. Glad the combo you tried helped...sounds like you found a good solution.
remember, with all advice or suggestions for your hair, YMMV!!
My hair:
2b wavy, medium texture, low porosity, med-high density. Protein finicky.
My routine:
Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
LI: KCKT or CJSL
Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.

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