@shahnm I met a lady, probably in her 50s that had this hairstyle. The part that went up was probably about 3-4" and 3" wide. I was so caught off guard. I saw her twice afterwards and she had the same hairstyle. Blew my mind.
If I want to have curls instead of wild frizz I use a little light gel! I useta use mousse too. I didn’t start to embrace my curly locks until I was about 25, mostly because of the products that helped keep it under control! YAY gel, YAY mousse!!
I have really curly hair and use OGX curl styling milk, its like a cream. I haven’t touched a gel since I’ve been in my tweens and would wear my hair in a ponytail and use the gel to slick it back lol or when I wore it down it would give me crunchy curls. I’ve herd gel has changed but I still don’t trust it and when you have something that works why change it.
I used gel or mouse when I was in grade school. Then I spent most of my life not putting anything in my hair because gel made me look so stupid. Then I was an adult with poofy hair until I realized that there’s not a binary between gel/mouse and nothing. I’ve now been using a matte pomade for a long time. It does the trick.