Darcy's Botanicals makes a cream-gel you could try. Or you could try conditioner only styling and just sealing with an oil. If you already have the DB pumpkin seed condish, you could use that one, and then just seal with any kind of oil you like. Also, it could be an ingredients issue. I don't like to use traditional gels (full of chemicals), but I love natural jelly styling products. My favorites are KCCC and Uncle Funky's daughter curly magic. It could also be a technique issue. I prefer to apply my products to very wet hair, not damp, and I do a modified supersoaker to promote clumps. I also like to plop for better root curl, but in this cold, dry weather, I've also been diffusing some - this seems to help set my curls better before I enter the outdoor elements.
2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate

My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!

CG since 12/29/2011