Gels dont work for me either.
Everyone kept ranting and raving about Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel....
Tried it for myself and it was just no.
My hair would still frizz up with it, my edges would still puff up.
That gel just isnt for me.
If I want some type of hold for a style,
Im sold on Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Curl Defining Pudding.
That stuff works wonders for my flexi rod sets, twist & curls etc....
Also. The denman brush.
I didnt realize how bad that thing used to rip my hair out until I modified it.
I took out every other row of teeth, and just run it through my hair 2-3 times after I finger detangle.