Have you tried the Squish to Condish method? Naturals have recently been recommending this method of conditioning to get the maximum benefits from your conditioner to get the best curl definition.
This method is especially good for wavy hair, as it helps clump the curls, adding definition and reducing frizz.
What is Squish to Condish?
NYC stylist, Melissa Stites came up with Squish to Condish method as a way to get water into the hair and locking it in. It involves applying conditioner and rinsing it out by flipping your hair over to one side, cupping your palms and filling them with water. You then gently scrunch the palmfuls of water into your hair. Similar to the Super Soaker method, this method helps your curls clump, especially useful if your curls are fine.
How to do the Squish to Condish Method
- Wash your hair as you normally would and rinse thoroughly
- Smooth your hair with conditioner so it is completely coated and then detangle with your fingers
- Flip your head upside down so your hair is hanging freely
- Cup your hands and fill them with water. Pile your curls into the water, bring your hands up to scrunch your curls
- Once you have a full section of hair piled into your palms, squish your hair at the roots.
How does it work?
If your hair is prone to drying out quickly, this method is beneficial to keeping your curls moisturised for longer as it uses water to hydrate your hair as well as your conditioner. Conditioner cannot hydrate hair on it’s owns so you need the water to fully moisturise your curls.
Squeezing the water into your hair will penetrate the strands, allowing the water to fully soak the hair cuticle. The conditioner acts as a channel to help the water get fully into the hair and locks it in. Humectants, that are found in conditioners, penetrate the hair, allowing more moisture into the shaft while the conditioning agents will seal the hair cuticle, locking the moisture inside and holding it for longer.