I use Argan Oil (it's pretty pricey, but AH-mazing!) in my hair while it's still wet, and sometimes even after I blow-dry (when and if I do, before straightening, of course)... It makes my hair ridiculously manageable and silky. When I straighten it, people think it's naturally that way! I don't use gel at all- I usually use a creme or putty! I don't like the stickiness of gel (and I really like my curls to be soft enough to run your fingers through!)- Sometimes, because of how awesome the Argan Oil is, I don't even NEED anything else!