For me they dont alleviate the crunch but they make it easier to get the crunch out and when it's out my hair is very soft. I have not found a gel that does not give me crunch no matter what and if it has too much hold my hair gets stringy (BRHG for instance-I cannot use on it's own). So for me the cream under the gel works.
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