CG-friendly gel in b/w Herbal Essences Curl Scrunching & Set Me Up gel

I love herbal essences set me up gel because it gives me great curl definition, but has a bit too much hold (too much crunch! ). Herbal essences curl scrunching gel, on the other hand, gives me good results but doesn't have enough hold and leaves my hair a bit poofy. Can anyone recommend a gel that falls in between these two? I've tried LA sports gel and it's too heavy for my fine hair. I'm a 2b/2c and LOTS of it! I use gel to encourage and hold the curl but am not a huge fan of volume if that makes sense.

Thank you all!
Have you tried using a leave-in under a hard hold gel? That should help with the too-much-crunch situation.

You can also do something like using a jelly gel (FSG, Okra, Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic) under a hard hold gel, and use less of the hard hold gel.
2BC/f/II. fine - low/normal porosity - medium density - normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Low-poo: Jason Mango bodywash
Cowash: Cure Care diluted with water 1:1
RO: Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

light moisture, hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
Neutral on cones.

iherb discount code: CFN646
Agree use more leave in conditioner: it's useful for clumping the curl, softening the crunch, if you can use one rich in hydrolysed protein that encourages curl.

Otherwise you might try flaxseed gel or okra gel, extra hold and curl boosting to taste with xanthan gum. Can make your own or purchase from Sweet Curls Elixirs on Etsy.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I use the Umberto Scrunching jelly and like how that holds my hair!
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera Conditioner

D/C: Experimenting!

Leave-in: Baptism rinse
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I use the set me up gel as well, but always over a leave in, as well as a curl cream in winter. There's some crunch while it's drying, but that goes away once it's dry. I once used the gel without a leave in, and got the excessive crunch you describe.
2c/3a, dense, fairly coarse, normal porosity and elasticity, just below shoulder
Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
Co-wash: down under naturals, tresume naturals
R O: Tresume Naturals
L I: Giovanni Direct, KCKT
Stylers: cjccccl, cjpp, jcrr, brhg
Oils: coconut, argan or evoo
What is a jelly? I stay away from leave ins because my hair gets easily over moisturized.
It's a gel, but instead of having a thick consistency, it's more jelly-like. The consistency is just lighter, so it distributes easier and doesn't weigh curls down!
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera Conditioner

D/C: Experimenting!

Leave-in: Baptism rinse
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)

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