Lorri writes:

I love Kinky Curly but loathe spending the money. EcoStyler is okay, but leaves me with a little too much crunch. I’ve tried the Herbal Essence Gels after reading on CurlyNikki that the ingredients are decent, and while my results have been good, I’m still not totally sold. What gels are CN readers using and what leave-in (if any) are you using up under it? I’m looking for:

(1) Medium hold with minimal crunch
(2) A gel that won’t flake or gum up when mixed with conditioner, and
(3) Somewhat healthy ingredients

any suggestions?!