What is a good styler for 2c/3a hair?

I have been using the curly girl method for about 2 years now. I have mostly 2c hair. I use sulfate free shampoos and conditioners. I have used deep conditioners, and leave ins. Nothing seems to tame the frizz. I am looking for a new gel/styler. I think DevaCurl is no longer helping tame my frizz. My current routine is:Co-wash with Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner for Curly Hair and once a week shampoo with Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying ShampoorinseI then detangle my hair with a wide tooth combGenerously apply DevaCurl defining gel and scrunchPlop and then let air dry.

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Hi KaylaMarie, there are some good YouTubers to watch that might be helpful. The Polished Curl, CurlyKatMarie, RockynCurls and Waterlily 716. By the way, the Matrix cleansing conditioner is not CG friendly as it has Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol) in it and can be drying. I would use your clarifying shampoo less frequently like every month and use a sulfate free shampoo instead like Shea Moisture Superfruit 10 in 1 or their Coconut & Hibiscus. You didn't mention a conditioner. Do you use one? Curly hair needs moisture so that is a super important step. A deep conditioner 1-4x a month and a regular rinse out should be part of your routine especially for the shampoo days. I'd also look for a styling product that doesn't have Glycerin so high in the list (my 2c hair doesn't do well with that at all). Lower on the list with some oils listed before it would help. Curl Keeper Original is a good frizz controller and can be worn under gels, mousses and creams so that might be a good place to start. Consider coupling it with something that has a little moisture as well. If you aren't using any leave ins or rinse out conditioners I imagine your hair is really parched. Hope that helps.
I agree with KatCurl, your hair is probably parched. Only using a gel, no matter how good, will not give your curls adequate moisture. I would suggest trying Especially Hair Moisture Foundation - a little left in before DevaCurl Defining Gel. PolishedCurl has an article about it.