I agree with you on almost every count; however, regarding wavies not needing hold (hence, no gel): I have found that my hair needs just a touch of gel or else it gets poufy. In my case gel is not to "lock" in curl, but to lightly hold my hair so that I don't get that mid to later day puff. I would love to eliminate this step, but so far haven't been able to find that one product to do it all (de-frizz, condition & some hold). I am open to suggestions.
Mishy (color-treated, thick, 2b/2c, several inches below shoulder length, long layers).