dusalocks , I had the same problem with the hard hold gels ( BRHG) it looked wet and the crunch was horrible. When I used SM coconut/hibiscus milk or L'oreal curl creme ( have to look up the name ) under the gel my hair absorbed the gel more and the crunch was easily scrunched out. I see we have different hair properties but have you tried that combo?
cg 01/10/13

Hair Properties: normal / high porosity, medium density, fine/medium texture
Climate : hot humid summer, coastal GA

Co-wash: Suave Naturals everlasting sunshine
Rinse out :Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture, GVP, Garnier Fructis Pure and Clean
Gel: Biosilk Rock Hard gel my HG
Mousse : HETT, 3 in 1

Love ACV , pedaheh's gelatin treatment
My hair hates flax seed gel, everything Deva curl and Curl Keeper,