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Squish to Condish: The Best Way to Conditioning Curly Hair

Squish to Condish is a technique that changes the concept of curly hair conditioning by relying on water to give hair the required hydration instead of depending solely on the conditioner to do that job. That also will help to gain spiral curls and give the hair vital and shiny looks.

The curly hair natural oil is the best moisturizing for the curls, but unfortunately, its way to cover all the hair strands is full of tight turns and inversions like a roller coaster. That’s why your curls are tightly related to dryness. Thankfully, squish to condish will solve that by helping hair to absorb water. 

What is the squish to condish?

Squish to condish is a simple technique to hydrate your curls using the right amount of conditioner and water. In other words, we can say it’s scrunching wet hair.

Water in this method plays a major role in hydration besides the conditioner, to dispel the common idea that the only important thing to hydrate hair is conditioner.

This great addition to curly hair care is because of Melissa Stites, a stylist from NYC, who came up with Squish to Condish to demonstrate the importance of water in the hydration process. This innovative idea happened, as Melissa said. Ok, most of the great ideas come to mind while in the shower.

How to squish to condish step by step

Almost every curly girl will be familiar with this technique, where it’s nothing new except the order of steps, so you won’t feel any difficulty when you decide to involve this technique into your hair routine.

the steps of Squish to Condish method

Step 1: wash your hair either if you co-wash your scalp or use shampoo, and make sure that your hair is cleaned well from dirt, and shampoo or co-wash rinse perfectly.

Step 2: flip your head upside down; this will help to give you more volume. 

Step 3: After ensuring that your hair is soaking wet, distribute your conditioner evenly over your curls until your hair feels seaweed.

Step 4: Detangle your hair using your finger or a wide-tooth comb.

Step 5: take a handful of water in your hand’s palm, then scrunch your curls with it until you hear the squish squish sound. If you think your hair needs more hydration, add more water (NOT a conditioner), then complete your hair routine as usual.

Extra steps (optional):

Those steps are not a part of the squish to condish technique but depending on my personal experience. They’ll help to get better results: 

Option 1: plopping your curly hair using a cotton T-shirt or microfiber towel to absorb all excess water and help your hair dry faster. 

Option 2: diffuse your curly hair that will help your curls to climb up and enhance the result.

Benefits of Squish to Condish

  • Hydration: This technique’s primary goal is to hydrate your curls by helping hair absorb water and conditioner.
  • No-frizzy: it’s known that moisturized hair is less exposed to frizzy, which is a normal result of dryness.
  • More defined curls: not only the hydration will form the curls, the scrunching technique, which is a main part of squish to condish, will be a factor to get defined curly hair.
  • Better results for low hair porosity: squish to condish helps water get into the hair strand to give the hair the desired hydrate. 

Is it necessary to use leave-in after squish and condish?

As every curly hair person knows that using leave-in is an essential step to give hair the wanted hydration.

but actually, it’s not necessary to use leave-in after squish and condish, because the method will do its job, so you can skip using it and complete your hair routine after squishing as usual.

To be clear, no rule says to not use leave-in after squish and condish, so if you want to see how the results will change if you use it, you can try that and decide which is better for you.

Even if you want to try replacing the conditioner with your leave-in to do that technique, but remember that leave-in is lighter than conditioner, so it might not be effective.  

The science behind squish to condish 

Many hair methods and techniques are based on personal experiences, but not for this one, where the Science-y website experimented to prove the effectiveness of Squish to condish technique.

They experimented with white hair and mixed the conditioner with blue dye because imaging hair (either it’s black or any other colors) with conditioner on it is difficult. Then they apply the conditioner that is mixed with dye on white hair.

a close-up look at a hair without using Squish to Condish method
a close-up look at a hair without using Squish to Condish method – source: Science-y Hair Blog

A close-up of the hair shows that the conditioner covered a larger area than the covered area when the technique was not used while applying the conditioner. 

a close-up look at a hair with using Squish to Condish method
a close-up look at a hair with using Squish to Condish method – source: Science-y Hair Blog

Based on that experiment and depending on my own experience, I think Squish to Condish is the best technique you can rely on when you feel your hair is drying, especially if you have low hair porosity. After I use it three to four times, the wet-frizz and dryness are significantly reduced, and my curls get well hydrated.

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