I have 4a/4b hair. If I had to only choose one gel for the rest of my life I'd go with this gel. When I need to slick my hair into a bun in a hurry I use this gel in conjunction with a bristle brush. I only use this gel when my hair is wet or in it's curly state. If my hair is straightened, I use something else entirely, because straight hair mixed with a wet product normally equals disaster aka puffy. This gel does a great job of defining my curls and giving me that slick wet look when my hair is curly. Its a strong hold gel, use it generously but don't go over board.