Garnier products tend to be hit or miss. - This one is a HIT!
I've used many of the shampoos & conditioners(Length & Strength is the best), some of the leave-ins (Curl & Shine and Length & Strength are better than the rest), and am just now trying their gel.
As others have stated, the name "Hard Curl" is misleading.
I use this after using the Length & Strength shampoo & conditioner, allowing my hair to partially air dry, then applying the Curl & Shine or Length & Strength leave-in, brush it through followed with this Hard Curl Gel and I get perfect, frizz free waves & curls!
The gel itself is easy to spread without being too runny, it has a slight fruity scent but not as strong as the rest of the Garnier products, and I've never had it gum up or flake off. If I wash my hair in the evening it holds it until the following evening and then some. I can apply some more gel the following day and my hair will still look good.
Along with the rest of the Garnier Fructis line, it seems to make my hair seem fuller and thicker without making it fly-away. It also keeps my hair feeling and looking shiny and moisturized all day which *never* happens for me with any other gel. As the day wears on my hair just gets softer but doesn't loose its shape or frizz.
Will definitely repurchase. I'm almost stopping trying new products as I just keep coming back to this combo(Curl & Shine Leave-In w/ Hard Curl Gel) for perfect hair. :-)
P.S. I never, EVER wear my hair completely out. It's always in a headband, a ponytail, a 1/2 ponytail, something(!) because it's so fine that by the end of the day it ALWAYS looks horrible, tangled, dry, or limp. Using this gel in combo with the leave-in has allowed me to wear my hair OUT with nothing else and it looks beautiful all day! Luv, luv, luv Garnier hair products!