May I ask what gel you used? It does sound like probably you just used too much gel and it flaked up.

I can use a lot of gel and my hair looks good, but this means using a medium hold water soluble kinda watery gel. But lots of ladies use a lot less and it works just fine; you should do what works for you!

Also remember if you conditioner-wash, you have to really scrub your head with your fingers well, and really rinse well while still agitating the hair, keep rubbing your head while it's rinsing.

Good luck!
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)