you may want to cut out the gel too.
I found once the cooler weather came my gel turned my curls stringy- now I just put my curl cream in and it seems to be working.

shoulder length long layered 2b/3a lots of it
wash: Live Clean shampoo Abba pure curl Mop c hydrating
cond: suave coconut Goldwell curly twist
Protein: Redken Extreme Cat
style: Ag:recoil Deva Mist-er right