I never use gel, wax or hairspray. I used leave-in conditioning spray or glaze for hydration, root volumizer for lots of root lift and either mousse or styling cream.
I have medium thick, naturally wavy, hair. The weight of the hair holds the roots down, which is why I like a good root lift or volumizing spray. I love mousse because it adds so much great body. Instead of hairspray I use either a little bit of shine spray to the palms of my hands and lightly brush over the top of my hair.
I find gel makes my hair too crunchy, wax makes my hair feel too oily and hairspray makes my hair feel stiff.
I know all of these hair products work for many people and their hair, but they have just never worked for me.