Recently my hair has started behaving less loopy and wavier. I used to get loopy clumped ringlets at the end of my curls that were suddenly not there anymore. So I was looking for ways to get back my loops (helixes) and that’s when I stumbled upon this gem of a method that would change my curly hair conditioning routine forever – Lo and behold the Squish to Condish method.
The principle behind Squish to Condish is that conditioner and water should work in unison to hydrate hair (because water is the hydrating/moisturizing factor, the conditioner is just a medium to get water into our hair). Just like we bathe to fill up the skin with water and then apply a moisturiser to seal it in, we have to fill the hair with water and then leave enough conditioner to seal the water in. Applying loads of conditioner to hair and rinsing it all out with a continuous flow of water is a very superficial thing to do. We should force the water into our hair.
Benefits of Squish to Condish
- Helps hydrate curls.
- Promotes curl clumping.
- You don’t need a separate leave in. This will leave your hair with the right amount of conditioner it needs as a leave in conditioner.
Squish to Condish – How to
1.Shampoo or co-wash your hair. If you clean your hair using the co-washing method, squish to condish should be done after 1 complete step of co-washing or else the dirt laden conditioner will not be rinsed off your hair completely. Rinse thoroughly under running water.
2.Soak your hair in conditioner and detangle thoroughly. Your hair should feel like seaweed.
3.Flip your head upside down.
4.Collect water in the palm of your hands and squish your hair from ends to the scalp. Do this for your whole hair in sections, collecting more water in your palms as you approach a new section.
The squishing action will force the water and conditioner to work together. When you push the water conditioner mixture into the hair, the inside of the hair strand gets filled with water. The hair is absorbing the water and the excess conditioner is being pushed out. You are replacing the conditioner with water with each squish. You will also see curl clumps starting to form. If you feel that your hair is dry or starting to frizz or if your curls aren’t clumping, add more conditioner and repeat the squishing.
5.Repeat the above step 2 or 3 times.
Here’s a video of how I squish to condish.
Following the squish to condish, your curls will look moisturized and frizz free and clumped 🙂 Here are my results –